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January 10, 2023

Check-In with Suzanne

Resolutions for a New Year in Global Business Travel

It’s with optimism for what’s ahead that I pen this first Check-In for 2023. While many business travel-related activities wound down over the holidays, the travel industry did not. Ours is an industry that never sleeps, and many professionals worked to serve millions of travelers and trips around the world over the end-of-year holidays. Connecting people is what our industry does best − we are grateful for all who make it happen every day.   

This is my first week getting back to business and it might be for you too. It is a time when we are thinking about resolutions, operational planning, and annual outlooks. My resolution for GBTA in 2023 is likely not surprising: to positively impact you where you need us most.  

Working alongside our members, partners, teams, and professionals, GBTA will continue to innovate and serve the global business travel industry – fostering our community, bringing learning and professional development to life, and providing a platform for the “many voices” within our industry as we focus on advocacy. As you think about your business, professional resolutions and goals, GBTA is here to help you start strong in the new year. 

Registration is open for the 2023 GBTA Annual Convention to be held in Dallas, Texas, August 13-15. Planning is well underway for this largest gathering of business travel professionals around the world. We look forward to another jam-packed event offering everything you love and some new innovations and surprises – take advantage of the early bird/best registration rate before January 17.    

Additionally, our recently announced revised Global Leadership Professional® (GLP) Program can now be accomplished in an achievable five months rather than the prior format spanning two years, and our popular Fundamentals of Business Travel Management course is now free for GBTA members.  

We are also pivoting our monthly GBTA Business Travel Recovery polls to now-quarterly GBTA Business Travel Outlook polls, aligning to our industry’s evolution. Thank you for your ongoing response to our polls. We hope you’ll continue to support these research efforts which provide critical insights and a collective “voice” for global business travel. Watch for the next poll questionnaire to go out shortly – marking the 30th GBTA poll in this series – and we’ll publish the results later this month. 

Lastly, my Check-In column here will move from a weekly to a twice-monthly column (second and fourth Tuesdays) as we bring forward more voices and viewpoints in this space. 

Here’s to a happy, productive, successful 2023 for all. 



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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.

New Date
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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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].



Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Greece - Authorities to close Corfu Airport, in Greece's Ionian Islands, Jan. 10-24 and Feb. 8-22. Emergency landings only.

Japan - Japan to slightly expand COVID-19 measures for international travelers from Macau effective Jan. 12. Disruptions likely.

Mexico - Unionized taxi drivers to hold protests throughout Quintana Roo state, Mexico, Jan. 11. Disruptions likely.

Peru - Deadly clashes in Juliaca, Puno Department, Peru, as of Jan. 9 amid nationwide unrest. At least 12 people dead. Avoid all protests.

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Upcoming Events

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

[Webinar] How AI Can Turn Travel Managers into Rockstars
January 25 | 11:00 AM

GBTA Conference 2023 | Mexico City
March 15 - 16

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GBTA Convention 2023, Secure the Lowest Rate Before January 17, 2023

Registration is now open for GBTA Convention 2023! Register today for the 54th annual GBTA Convention and join the many voices from around the world focused on shaping the future of business travel. Learn More

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