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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’s Shane Downey Receives Prestigious 2019 Leading Association Lobbyist Award

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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, is pleased to announce that Shane Downey, GBTA vice president of Government Relations, was named one of Association Trends’ 2019 Leading Association Lobbyists. The award is given to a class of outstanding leaders who are a driving force in accomplishing their organization’s advocacy and grassroots initiatives.

GBTA and Travelers United to Congress: Don’t Tax Travel Again

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Alexandria, VA (November 8, 2017) – Today, the Global Business Travel Association and Travelers United sent a joint letter to Congress urging opposition to a proposal that would increase the cap on the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC). In July, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted unanimously (31-0) to approve a proposal included in the FY2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Act, that 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.

Travel Coalition Supports the TSA Modernization Act

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Alexandria, VA (October 24, 2017) – Today, a coalition of travel associations sent a letter to the Senate Leadership urging support for S. 1872, the TSA Modernization Act. A copy of that letter can be found here. The TSA Modernization Act would advance the deployment of new technologies at security checkpoints, mitigate risks to public areas at airports, and reduce delays in air travel. The bill would also give the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) additional tools to expand TSA PreCheck, a valuable trusted traveler program that increases security at the checkpoint while providing for expedited screening.


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