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January 4, 2023

News to Know

Hoteliers Can Look Past Storm Clouds to Sunny Days Ahead in 2023

STR Vice President of Analytics Isaac Collazo knows "there are some storm clouds on the horizon" heading into 2023, but he expects most news to be good news for the hotel industry even as the broader economy heads to a recession.

"It's just going to be different," he said. "It's just going to be a little slower growth than what we've seen over the last 12 to 18 months, but again, it's growth."

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Air New Zealand to Allow Baggage Trackers (SIMPLE FLYING)

Korean Air CEO: Get Ready for the Aviation Industry’s Comeback (4HOTELIERS)


Uber Travel Arrives in MENA with Egypt Launch (PYMNTS)

Sixt Named Best Car Rental Company in North America (AUTO RENTAL NEWS)

UK Rail Passengers Face Week of Major Disruption (BTN EUROPE)


How TMCs Are Blending Automation with Human Support (PHOCUSWIRE)

Top Travel Industry Predictions for 2023 (PHOCUSWIRE)

COVID Travel Restrictions Return – The New Rules Explained (INDEPENDENT)

Industry Spotlight

New Date Added
Travel Risk Management Bootcamp Understanding and Implementing ISO31030

Explore Travel Risk Management in the context of the new ISO 31030 standard and gain the tools and confidence to update and/or create a robust system within your organization to ensure the safety and well-being of travellers. This course, led by travel risk management experts Global Secure Accreditation in conjunction with GBTA, is designed to give practical guidance to anyone involved in building, supporting and managing corporate travel programs.

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January 17 - 18, 2023 | Register now

This course will be delivered as a one-day, virtual event with expert speaker presentations, group sessions and individual exercises to complete.

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Leaders Asked US Congress to Speed Canadian Preclearance as Holiday Travel Rush Loomed 

GBTA was among the national and local leaders in business and tourism that recently sent letters to the U.S. Congress, calling on members to bolster preclearance operations at Toronto Pearson International Airport to decrease the wait times for travelers to key U.S. markets. 

“Twenty-two million people were screened at preclearance operations in 2019, and supporting the program is crucial to facilitate business travel between the United States and Canada,” said GBTA CEO Suzanne Neufang. 

The US organizations also requested sufficient appropriations for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) in the FY2023 budget to support regular security preclearance operations, and ensure Toronto Pearson has sufficient temporary officers and overtime funding to support travel this holiday season. The organizations also called on Congress to ask CBP to restart the processing of NEXUS applications in Canada to help facilitate the flow of travelers between the two countries.  

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Belarus and Russia - Russia extends flight restrictions until at least Jan. 8; collateral damage from military activity possible in countries bordering Ukraine.

Germany - Unionized rail staff strike in southwest Germany Baden-Wurttemberg region, Jan. 4. Rail travel disruptions likely.

South Korea - South Korea to require pre-departure testing for travelers from Hong Kong and Macau from Jan. 7.

Ukraine - Military operations continue in southern and eastern regions of Ukraine as of Jan. 3.

United States - Adverse winter weather forecast across parts of the central US through at least Jan. 5. Hazardous travel conditions likely.

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Upcoming Events

Travel Risk Management Bootcamp Understanding and Implementing ISO31030
January 17 - 18

GBTA Conference 2023 | Mexico City
March 15 - 16

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Brune Poirson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Accor, and member of GBTA’s Sustainability Leadership Council, share their insights on what is needed to build a greener future for business travel.

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