GBTA News and Commentary

GBTA is the voice of the global business travel industry. GBTA leadership and members are often sought as experts to comment on wide-ranging issues affecting our industry. Our news, editorials and perspectives bring to life the latest business travel industry insights, trends, advocacy, events, research and education.


 

GBTA Surpasses 1,000 Travel Buyers Registered for Convention

Buyer Registrations Coming in at Record-Setting Pace

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Alexandria, VA (April 13, 2017) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced that more than 1,000 business travel buyers have registered for GBTA Convention 2017, marking the earliest in the event’s history that this milestone has been reached. Nearly 7,000 business travel professionals from around the globe are expected to gather in Boston this July 15-19, for the world’s largest business travel event.

Many Business Travelers Staying at Home-Sharing Properties Unsupported By Travel Policy

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Alexandria, VA (April 13, 2017) – Home-sharing properties are allowed in one out of every six travel polices (17 percent), according to a new study released today by the GBTA Foundation, the research and education arm of the Global Business Travel Association. However, more than double the number of business travelers are under the same impression (37 percent), meaning many travelers are booking and staying in properties unsupported by their travel policy – a serious duty of care issue.

GBTA And Phocuswright Partner to Launch Innovation Series at GBTA Convention 2017

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Alexandria, VA (April 12, 2017) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, and travel industry research authority Phocuswright today announced a partnership to launch the Innovation SeriesThis multifaceted, interactive program will bring the business travel industry’s most impactful innovators to GBTA Convention 2017, July 15-19 in Boston. The Innovation Series and Innovation Row at Convention are sponsored by Travel Leaders Group.

GBTA Announces General David Petraeus as Featured Speaker at GBTA Convention 2017

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Alexandria, VA (April 11, 2017) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director and General David Petraeus (U.S. Army, Ret.) as a featured speaker at GBTA Convention 2017, July 15 – 19 in Boston. General Petraeus will deliver a short speech, followed by a one-on-one interview at Convention Arena on Monday, July 17. His appearance is made possible by Domo.

Opportunity Exists for Travel Management Professionals To Consider Sustainable Practices When Contracting With Suppliers

Over Half of North American Companies Have Corporate Sustainability Programs in Place

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Alexandria, VA (April 4, 2017) – Only one in six travel management professionals (16 percent) currently incentivize their business travelers to stay in hotels with sustainable practices, according to a new study released today by the GBTA Foundation, the research and education arm of the Global Business Travel Association, in partnership with AIG Travel. Even fewer (4 percent) require travelers to book suppliers with sustainable practices, leaving a huge opportunity for the business travel industry to adopt and even incentivize more sustainable practices.

GBTA Foundation Study Examines Booking Behaviours for German, UK and French Business Travellers

Nearly Half of Travelers Who Use Corporate OBTs Also Choose to Book Direct

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Alexandria, VA (March 28, 2017) – A new GBTA Foundation survey of business travellers who are based in Europe’s three largest business travel markets – Germany, the United Kingdom and France – revealed business travellers are increasingly booking direct with suppliers and embracing mobile and sharing economy services.

GBTA Statement on Electronics Ban

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Alexandria, VA (March 21, 2017) – Passengers traveling from 10 airports in eight Middle Eastern and African countries will be barred from bringing laptops and other large electronics into the cabin as carry-ons starting as early as Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security announced today. DHS is taking this step in response to “[e]valuated intelligence [that] indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items.” The following statement can be attributed to Global Business Travel Association Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick:

GBTA Commends Efforts to Modernize Air Traffic Control, Strongly Discourages Cuts to TSA Funding

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Alexandria, VA (March 16, 2017) – This morning, President Trump released America First A Budget Blueprint to Mark America Great Again, highlighting the Administration’s top-line budget priorities for fiscal year 2018. The Blueprint included proposals to privatize air traffic control (ATC), cut certain TSA screening programs and increase the passenger security fee. The following statement may be attributed to Michael W. McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO.

GBTA Announces Former Prime Minster of Canada, The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, as Featured Speaker at GBTA Conference 2017 Toronto

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Toronto, Canada (March 16, 2017) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced former Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chrétien as a featured speaker on Centre Stage at GBTA Conference 2017 Toronto, May 23 – 25. Mr. Chrétien will deliver the closing keynote on Thursday, May 25. His appearance is made possible by Vision Travel Solutions.

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