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 FAA Reauthorization Bill

Bill Includes Long-Term Stability Along with Pro-Business Travel Provisions

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Congress has put forth a bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Bill as the September 30th deadline to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration looms. GBTA issued a letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of H.R. 302.

Are Business Travel Programs Barring Basic Economy?

New Research Delves into How Managed Travel Policies Address Air Travel

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Basic economy fares introduced last year by many airlines are typically cheaper, but come with restrictions, and business travel programs are not on board with them, according to new research out today from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) in partnership with Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC). The study reveals a majority of travel programs (63 percent) never allow basic economy and even more (79 percent) configure their booking tool to hide basic economy fares when travelers are not authorized.

Global Business Thought Leader Peter Fisk to Deliver Opening Keynote at GBTA Conference 2018 Berlin in Partnership with VDR

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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced global business thought leader Peter Fisk as a featured speaker at GBTA Conference 2018 Berlin in Partnership with VDR. Fisk’s opening keynote address will take place at Centre Stage on 27 November.

GBTA Honors Outstanding Members

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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – awarded three distinguished members during GBTA Convention 2018 in San Diego.

  • Direct Member of the Year—Stephen Gheerow, Travel Services Manager, Ford Foundation
  • Direct Member of the Year—Connie Smith, Manager of Global Services, McCain Foods
  • Allied Member of the Year—Dorothy Dowling, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Best Western® Hotels & Resorts

Innovation and the Future of Business Travel Highlight GBTA’s 50th Anniversary of Convention

Attendance Approaches 7,000 With Record Buyer Turnout

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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry, wrapped up its 50th annual Convention last week in San Diego. GBTA celebrated its 50-year history while looking towards the future as innovation and the future of business travel management were the predominant themes throughout the five-day industry gathering that brought together nearly 7,000 travel professionals and industry leaders.

GBTA and ITM Announce Long-Term Joint Venture

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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, and The Institute of Travel Management (ITM), the leading managed business travel association in the UK and Ireland, have announced the creation of a new London-based event for the managed travel and meetings sector. The joint venture is part of a deeper, collaborative partnership between both associations. 

GBTA Forecasts Seven Percent Growth in Global Business Travel Spend, Potentially Signifying End to Era of Uncertainty

Rising Protectionism Threatens to Derail Business Travel Spending Breakout

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Global business travel spending reached $1.33 trillion in 2017, advancing 5.8 percent over 2016 levels, according to the GBTA BTI™ Outlook – Annual Global Report & Forecast, a new report released today at GBTA Convention 2018 by the Global Business Travel Association. Spending is forecast to advance another 7.1 percent in 2018 and will expand to $1.7 trillion by 2022.

GBTA Acquires WINiT, Strengthening Commitment to Women in the Travel Industry

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GBTA and WINiTSAN DIEGO (August 13, 2018) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, announced today it is enhancing its ability to support women in the travel industries through the acquisition of WINiT for Women, a career development network aimed at increasing visibility, mobility and development for women in the travel, meeting, events and exhibition industries.


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Colleen Gallagher

Vice President, Communications
+1 703 236 1133

Marianne Varkiani

Communications Manager
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