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 Supports DOC, DHS Plan to Improve Inbound Air Travelers’ Experience

Initiatives Underscore the Importance of International Travel to the US Economy and Highlight the Critical Need to Maintain DHS Funding

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Alexandria, VA (February 13, 2015) – Responding to the Department of Commerce (DOC) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report, “Supporting Travel and Tourism to Grow Our Economy and Create More Jobs: A National Goal on the International Arrivals Process and Airport-Specific Action Plans,” Michael W. McCormick, Executive Director and COO of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) issued the following statement:

GBTA Alarmed by DHS Funding Fight’s Impact on Business Travel

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Alexandria, VA (February 3, 2015) – Today, a Department of Homeland Security funding bill failed to pass a procedural vote. The statement below can be attributed to Michael W. McCormick, Executive Director and COO of the Global Business Travel Association.

Sustainable Business Travel Initiatives on the Rise in Europe

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – Jan. 26, 2015 – The majority (57 percent) of European-based companies have sustainability initiatives written into their company’s travel policy, according to a new study on sustainability in travel programs by the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).


GBTA Convention 2015 Coming to Orlando: #Sharing

Registration Now Open for 2015 Event

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Alexandria, VA (January 15, 2015) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – announced today registration is open for GBTA Convention 2015 in Orlando, Fla., July 25-29. The annual convention is the largest, most comprehensive annual gathering of business travel and meetings managers, meeting planners, procurement professionals and suppliers anywhere in the world.

U.S. Business Travel Spending Projected to Top $310 Billion in 2015

GBTA Forecasts Favorable National Outlook, Despite Weakened Global Economic State

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 Alexandria, VA (January 13, 2015) – U.S. business travel ended 2014 on a high note, with record spending expected to reach $292.2 billion. The projection for 2015 also remains strong, as lower oil prices are expected to lead to increased consumer spending, boosting economic projects. This strong domestic economic news comes despite an overall weak global economic outlook, with trouble in Europe, Asia and Russia.

Douglas Anderson to Chair GBTA Foundation Board

GBTA President Donna Kelliher Also Appoints New Allied, Direct Members

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Alexandria, VA – January 7, 2015 – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) announced six new members for the 2015 Board of Trustees for the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of GBTA. Douglas Anderson, president and CEO of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, will take on the role of Foundation Board Chair.


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