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.


 

China Solidifies New-Found Position as World’s Largest Business Travel Market

China Accounts for Nearly 25 Percent of Global Business Travel Spending

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Alexandria, VA (October 31, 2016) – Despite a moderating economy, China remains one of the fastest growing business travel markets in the world, according to the GBTA Foundation’s latest business travel forecast, GBTA BTI™ Outlook – China 2016 H2.

Election Year Unlike Any Other Combined with Global Uncertainty Causes Continued Sluggish Business Travel Spending Growth

Will Businesses Be Ready to Compete in 2017?

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Alexandria, VA (October 20, 2016) – An uncertain upcoming presidential election, sluggish global expansion, low inflation, weak investment and choppy geopolitical conditions continue to shackle business travel volume and spending growth, according to the GBTA Foundation’s latest business travel forecast for the United States.

Marketing and Event Planning Team Collaboration Greatly Valued for Creating Successful Events

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Alexandria, VA (October 4, 2016) – One-half (49 percent) of event planners surprisingly report marketing departments at their respective companies are always or often involved in the planning and execution of events, and an overwhelming majority find value in this type of partnership. Today, the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), in partnership with Cvent, released new research that explores the prevalence and types of collaboration between event planners and marketing departments.

GBTA Foundation Study Reveals Majority of Companies Provide Travel Insurance and Assistance Services to Business Travelers

Overwhelming Majority of Travel Professionals Find Offering Insurance or Assistance Services to Employees Valuable

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Alexandria, VA (September 15, 2016) – A majority (53 percent) of travel professionals report their company provides both travel insurance and assistance services to their business travelers, according to a new study released today by the GBTA Foundation – the education and research of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – in partnership with AIG Travel, a worldwide leader in travel insurance and global assistance services. Additionally, almost all travel professionals (95 percent) feel providing insurance or assistance services offerings to employees are valuable for international trips with a vast majority (76 percent) agreeing they are valuable for domestic trips as well. 

GBTA and VDR Announce Concur President Elena Donio as Featured Speaker for Upcoming Europe Business Travel Conference

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London, 15 September 2016 - The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – and German business travel buyer association VDR – today announced that Ms Elena Donio, President of Concur, will be a featured speaker at GBTA Conference 2016 Frankfurt in Partnership with VDR, taking place in Frankfurt, 14-16 November.

Majority of North American Business Travelers Commonly Use Hotel Apps

Opportunity Exists for Hotels to Implement Innovative Technology to Serve Customers in Years to Come Internet Access at Hotels Remains Paramount for Business Travelers

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Alexandria, VA (September 7, 2016) – Business travelers commonly use hotel apps according to a new study released today by the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), in partnership with Best Western Hotels & Resorts. Three of five (61 percent) business travelers have downloaded at least one of the seven major hotel chains’ apps on their smartphone in the past year, with more than half of those travelers (54 percent) having at least two and one-quarter (25 percent) downloading at least three.

MPI and GBTA Foundation Recognize CMM Recipients from Las Vegas 2016 Class

Accepting Applications for Reno/Tahoe Program in December

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DALLAS, TX and ALEXANDRIA, VA – September 6, 2016 – Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), recently presented the distinguished Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) to 20 more meeting and travel professionals, bringing the total number of holders to 1,148 worldwide. This class participated in the program held May 6 – 9, 2016, in Las Vegas at the Aria Resort & Casino.

GBTA Announces Advisory Board Appointments for GBTA India

GBTA India to Host Business Travel Symposium Tomorrow in New Delhi

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Alexandria, VA/Gurgaon (September 5, 2016) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – is pleased to announce appointments to the newly formed GBTA India Advisory Board. The Advisory Board is made up of prominent senior travel buyers and suppliers who will offer strategic guidance as GBTA expands its member base, supplies industry-leading research and conducts education and networking events in the region.

GBTA Foundation Honors GLP Designation Recipients

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Alexandria, VA (July 29, 2016) – The GBTA Foundation – the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – awarded 21 recipients with the prestigious GLP Designation during GBTA Convention 2016 last week in Denver. 

 

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