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.


 

Nearly 30 Percent of Travel Managers Are Unsure How Long it Would Take To Locate Employees in Crisis Situations

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BOSTON (July 16, 2017) – Three in ten (29 percent) travel managers report they do not know how long it would take to locate affected employees in a crisis, according to a new study released today by the GBTA Foundation, the research and education arm of the Global Business Travel Association. Overall, one-half (50 percent) of travel managers say, in the event of an emergency, they can locate all of their employees in the affected area within two hours or less. Additionally, three in five (60 percent) travel managers rely on travelers to reach out if they need help and have not booked through proper channels.

New Research Suggests Efforts to Improve Employee Well-Being May Also Increase Travel Policy Compliance

Traveler Well-Being is an Important Consideration When Developing Travel Polices

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Alexandria, VA (June 28, 2017) – Many companies have both high traveler satisfaction and high program compliance, according to a new study released today by the GBTA Foundation, the research and education arm of the Global Business Travel Association. Additionally, 76 percent of Latin American-based travel managers and 74 percent of North American-based travel managers indicate traveler well-being has a lot of weight on their final decisions when considering specific components of their travel policy.

GBTA Commends Passage of H.R. 2997, the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act (AIRR Act)

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Alexandria, VA (June 27, 2017) – Today, following nearly 10 hours of consideration, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed H.R. 2997, the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act (AIRR Act). The AIRR Act would reauthorize the Federal Aviation (FAA) Administration and move operations of air traffic control into an independent, not-for-profit organization. The bill also includes new consumer protections for the business traveler flying on commercial airlines.

Industry Executives to Discuss Geopolitical Disruption at GBTA Convention 2017

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Alexandria, VA (June 22, 2017) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today unveiled another panel to be featured on Center Stage at GBTA Convention 2017, on Monday, July 17 in Boston. Geopolitical Disruptions Impacting Global Business Travel will feature leaders from four associations that intersect and influence corporate travel as they address current issues facing business travel and the global economy. This panel is made possible by Yapta.

GBTA Commends Chairman Shuster for Progress on FAA Authorization and ATC Reform

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Alexandria, VA (June 21, 2017) – Today, the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Bill Shuster (R-PA) introduced legislation that would reauthorize the Federal Aviation (FAA) Administration and move operations of air traffic control into an independent, not-for-profit organization. The bill also includes new consumer protections for the business traveler flying on commercial airlines.

Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC Barry Diller to Speak at GBTA Convention 2017

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Alexandria, VA (June 8, 2017) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC and Chairman of Expedia, Inc. Barry Diller as a featured speaker at GBTA Convention 2017, July 15 – 19 in Boston. A one-on-one interview with Barry Diller will take place at Convention Arena on Tuesday, July 18. This session is made possible by Egencia.

Mixing Work & Play: New Study Profiles the Bleisure Traveler

Overwhelming Majority of Bleisure Travelers Stay at Same Lodging for Business & Leisure Portions of Trip

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Alexandria, VA (June 8, 2017) – In the past year, over one-third (37 percent) of North American business travelers extended a work trip for leisure, according to a new study released today by the GBTA Foundation, the research and education arm of the Global Business Travel Association. Millennials (48 percent) did so at a much higher rate than Gen-X travelers (33 percent) and Baby Boomers (23 percent)

GBTA Calls ATC Privatization A High Stakes Gamble for the Business Traveler, Asks Congress to Offset Related Passenger Taxes

GBTA Joins Trade Groups in Calling on Congress to Effectively Modernize Air Traffic Control

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Alexandria, VA (June 7, 2017) – Today, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of global business travel industry, joined Airlines for America (A4A) and Travelers United (TU) in requesting that the House Ways and Means Committee work with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in modernizing the nation’s air traffic control.

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