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.


Sports Icon and Social Justice Pioneer Billie Jean King to Deliver Keynote at GBTA Convention 2018

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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced Billie Jean King, sport icon, pioneer for social justice and entrepreneur as a featured speaker at GBTA Convention 2018, August 11-15 in San Diego. King’s keynote address will take place at Convention Arena on Monday, August 13. This session is made possible by Marriott International.

GBTA Executive Director Honored with Inaugural SPOKEies® Award

McCormick Named Top Spokesperson in Non-Profit Trade Associations

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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – is pleased to announce that Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick has been named an inaugural SPOKEies® Award winner. McCormick was named the top spokesperson in the Non-Profit Trade Association Category. 

GBTA Commends Bipartisan Effort to Pass Long-Term FAA Bill

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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – applauds passage of H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. Businesses send employees on 40 million business trips within the United States and around the world – most of which involve air travel. In fact, according to the most recent GBTA research, U.S. companies spent over $47.4 billion on air travel in 2016, comprising 18 percent of total travel spending.

Technology, Innovation and Security Were the Hot Topics of GBTA Conference 2018 - Toronto

All New Tech Talks Designed to Identify New Technology Platforms

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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – wrapped up yet another successful conference in Toronto this week. Technology, innovation and security were among the hot topics discussed throughout the industry gathering bringing together travel professionals and industry leaders for Canada’s premiere business travel event. The Conference saw more than 800 registrants and record attendance despite mother nature’s best attempts to keep people at home with a major mid-April ice storm.

Business Travel Responsible for $40.1 Billion in Canadian GDP, Creates Over 573,000 Jobs

Canadian Business Travel Expenditures Reached $35.8 Billion in 2016

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A new report issued today at GBTA Conference 2018 - Toronto reveals the high potential of business travel to drive economic development and business success. The report, produced by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), in partnership with BCD Travel and Air Canada, also reveals the risk to the nation’s economy from a downturn in travel.

GBTA Pleased Congress Heard Message That PFC Increase Would Harm U.S. Economy

PFC Increase Left Out of Omnibus Spending Bill

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Tonight, Congress released the details of the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus spending bill, which would fund the government through September. The Global Business Travel Association was pleased to see that attempts to increase air passengers’ flight costs were rebuffed. Congressional leaders rejected a proposal from Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to increase the cap on passenger facility charges (PFC) from $4.50 to $8.50.

GBTA Launches Blue Ribbon Education Panel

Industry Leaders Developing New Education Strategy to Meet the Future Needs of Travel Professionals

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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, is pleased to announce the launch of a Blue Ribbon Education Panel to evaluate and enhance GBTA’s educational offerings. A panel of industry leaders has been assembled to determine the relevance of education content, identify educational opportunities and optimize delivery channels with a focus on enhancing the personalized education experience for travel industry professionals.

GBTA Launches New Podcast: The Business of Travel

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Today, the Global Business Travel Association, the voice of the global business travel industry, launched an all-new podcast called The Business of Travel. The podcast will consist of weekly episodes featuring several industry experts and thought leaders on a range of key issues affecting the business travel industry. 

GBTA to Congress: A PFC Increase Will Ultimately Harm U.S. Economy

Discouraging Business Travel Hurts GDP, Jobs and Wages

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Today, the Global Business Travel Association sent letters to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees to remove an increase in the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) from the FY2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Act. As currently written, the THUD Appropriations bill would increase the cap on the PFC from $4.50 to $8.50. The estimated cost, $2.6 billion, would be levied on all travelers purchasing airlines tickets.


Media Contacts

Colleen Gallagher

Vice President, Communications
+1 703 236 1133

Marianne Varkiani

Communications Manager
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