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.


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.

Travel Buyers Looking to Bring Innovation to Booking Process

Travel Buyer Role Continues to Broaden

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Consumerization, personalized booking and live chat top the list of booking innovations travel buyers are most excited about offering through their travel program to improve the user experience, according to new research out today from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) in partnership with SAP Concur.

New Research Identifies Business Travel Dining Trends

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Clear generational differences exist when it comes to business traveler dining, payment and expensing options, according to new research released today by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), in partnership with Dinova, Inc. According to first-of-its-kind research that delves into the psyche of the business diner, Millennials are more likely to dine on-the-go, while Boomers are most likely to wine and dine clients and Gen Xers typically dine in a group with colleagues.

GBTA Hotel Committees Embrace Name Change to Reflect Changing Marketplace

GBTA and Committees Launch RFP Taskforce at Convention to Update RFP Resource

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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today is pleased to announce the current GBTA Hotel Committee and Europe Hotel Committee are changing their names to the GBTA Accommodations Committees. This new name change reflects the changing marketplace as the term “hotel” no longer fully reflects the various accommodation solutions that buyers are using and considering for their travel programs.


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Colleen Gallagher

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