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Week in Review

This week, GBTA announced Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian as a featured speaker at GBTA Convention 2017, July 15-19 in Boston.

According to Skift, the business travel industry holds its breath as it awaits Trump’s next travel ban. In an online webinar offered by GBTA, immigration attorney Cornia Farias offered companies solutions for preparing for the upcoming order.

GBTA Executive Director & COO Michael W. McCormick also weighed in, stating uncertainty over the travel ban puts business travel and the economy at risk, especially considering $185 million in business travel bookings were lost in the week following the ban.

According to CNN, the Trump administration revealed for the first time that 756 individuals were detained during the first weekend of the travel ban.

USA TODAY reports President Trump was set to issue a revised version of the travel ban on Tuesday.

According to Buying Business Travel, travel buyers should consider how new technologies, such as driverless cars, will affect their travel programs.

Bloomberg shares tips from the world’s most frequent travelers on how to survive the longest flight in the world, which is Qatar Airways’ 17.5 hour flight between Auckland and Doha.

Business Traveler notes New York considers additional airport taxi fees, which could cost travelers $4 or more per trip.

Skift reports Air France – KLM received the union go-ahead to launch a new airline.

Following Delta’s decision to bring back complimentary meals on mostly trans-continental routes, Bloomberg noted travelers are paying for these “free” meals in other ways.

MeetingsNet shares how the five pillars of technology disruption will impact meetings in the near future.

According to Business Traveller, Emirates has announced plans to unveil a revamped A380 onboard business and first class lounge.

The same source reports Hong Kong Airlines and Jet Airways have begun a codeshare agreement.

According to TravelDailyNews International, Hertz and Air France renewed their partnership, launching new car rental products and services for passengers.

TravelDailyNews International reports hotel rate shopping service TRIPBAM and TrustYou announced a strategic partnership.

Tnooz notes travel planning service Utrip raised $4 million to build out a consumer and B2B trip planning service.

According to Skift, Airbnb bought payments company Tilt to enable travelers to split trip costs easily.