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January 5, 2023

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European Airlines Could Face Steep Operational Challenges in 2023

Europe’s air traffic manager, Eurocontrol, is warning of potentially “huge challenges” to the continued recovery of air travel on the continent this year. Matching capacity to demand, and keeping delays in check, will be the two biggest challenges the aviation ecosystem faces as schedules recover to roughly 92 percent of pre-Covid levels.

“2023 is set to be the most challenging year of the last decade,” Eurocontrol said in a newly published report. “Keeping summer delays down will be an immense task for all actors, with airspace issues due to the Ukraine war, extra aircraft in the system, possible industrial action, system changes, and the progressive reopening of Asian markets all asking real questions of the system.”

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Airlines Slam COVID-19 Tests for China Travelers (MANILA TIMES)

European Airlines Could Face Steep Operational Challenges in 2023 (AIRLINE WEEKLY)

Airlines Grounded Across Papua New Guinea due to Fuel Shortage (THE GUARDIAN)


Hybrid Hospitality Meets Crowdfunding (SKIFT)


Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council partner (4HOTELIERS)


New COVID Restrictions on Chinese Travelers Will Hurt Corporate Travel Recovery (SKIFT) – FEATURES GBTA

Agency Reports 'Significant' Uptick in Business Travel Bookings (TTG MEDIA)

Travel Fintech Trends to Watch in 2023 (PHOCUSWIRE)

Industry Spotlight

Volunteers Needed

GBTA and ITM are looking for 10 to 12 volunteers based in the US, Canada, LATAM or APAC to assist with a Global Ground Transportation RFP Task Force. This RFP is scheduled to be available for 2023, and the 2024 RFP Season.

Do you have expertise as either a buyer or a supplier in the ground transportation segment? We are looking for individuals with car rental, taxi, private transportation, shared ride services, rail, coach, OBT, TMC and any additional segments of ground transportation experience.

The project will consist of a series of calls once every 2 weeks, mixed with some independent work to easily align with personal schedules for your assigned group and duties.

If you are interested in serving on the task force, please submit your application here.

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to Morgan Cook, [email protected].


Sustainability Summit 2022 Highlights Report

In November 2022, close to 300 delegates - including 100 corporate travel managers - gathered in Brussels for GBTA’s first-ever Global Business Travel Sustainability Summit. Participants from 20 countries, including business travel professionals, policymakers, NGOs, and experts, tackled the most critical sustainability issues impacting the business travel industry. Through panel discussions, breakouts and an interactive session on climate action planning, the business travel community showcased their strong commitment towards decarbonizing the industry. Revisit the discussion via our event highlights report.

Missed Sustainability Summit? Sign up now and access hours of exclusive footage from Main Stage, breakout sessions and beyond with Summit+. Relive all the ground breaking insights from leaders in business travel from your computer or mobile device. 

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Asia - Lunar New Year celebrations to prompt transport disruptions in East Asia through at least Jan. 28. Confirm hotel and transport reservations.

Canada - Adverse winter weather forecast across parts of southern and southeastern Canada through Jan. 5. Hazardous travel conditions likely.

China - China to ease COVID-19 entry measures for travelers from Hong Kong effective Jan. 8. Pre-departure test requirements remain in effect.

Japan - Japan further tightens COVID-19 measures for travelers from mainland China from Jan. 8. Restrictions for Hong Kong flights relaxed.

Mexico - Severe weather conditions forecast across much of Mexico through at least Jan. 7. Flooding and disruptions possible.

Papua New Guinea - Flight disruptions ongoing at airports across Papua New Guinea Jan. 5 due to fuel supply restrictions. Reconfirm flights.

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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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Nora Lovell Marchant, Vice President, Global Sustainability at American Express Global Business Travel, explains why they took part in GBTA’s Sustainability Summit, what is needed to create a greener future for business travel, and how they are supporting the business travel industry’s sustainability journey. Watch Video

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