January 11, 2023

News to Know

Blended Travel Comes of Age

The pandemic has led to a permanent change in how we live our lives between work and the personal. No longer just a trite category called “bleisure,” the idea of blended traveling is front and center for every major travel company now. How new strategies focused on the blended traveler will emerge more clearly in 2023, as the industry recognizes the whole traveler holistically.  

Travel CEOs talk openly now on earnings calls about the opportunities and revenue gains from this blended traveling. While coronavirus opened up remote working to the masses, office and company travel policies still remain fluid. 

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Travel Between China and Australia Tipped to Rebound Rapidly as Chinese Airlines Ramp up Flights (THE GUARDIAN)

Federal Officials Say They Are Acting on 'Thousands' of Complaints Related to Southwest Meltdown (CNN)

4 Important Leadership Lessons from Southwest Airlines’ Holiday Meltdown (FORBES)




Hotelbeds Highlights Lack of Number of Hotels with Sustainability Certification (HOSPITALITY TODAY)

Accor Sets a New Standard in Sustainability in Singapore (4HOTELIERS)


Editorial: Content, Clarity, Calm and a Little Respect Top Travel Manager Wish List (THE COMPANY DIME)

Business Trips to China Face Disruptions Due to Visa, Passport Delays (BUSINESS TRAVELER USA)

Global Air Travel Continues Recovery from Pandemic (BTN EUROPE)

Industry Spotlight

GBTA Webinar
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January 25 | 11:00 AM EST

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GBTA Convention 2023
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January 17, 2023

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

France - Unionized public transport workers in Paris region, France, to strike 19:30 Jan. 12-07:00 Jan. 14. Travel disruptions likely.

Peru - Authorities close Jaen Airport in Jaen, Cajamarca Department, Peru, Jan. 10-11 to repair damages to the runway. Flight disruptions likely.

Peru - Government imposes curfew for Puno Department, Peru, as of late Jan. 10 amid ongoing nationwide unrest. Avoid all protests.

Switzerland - WEF to hold its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 16-20; tight security measures, protest activity likely.

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Upcoming Events

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

GBTA Chapter Leadership Summit 2023
January 23 - 24
Los Angeles, CA

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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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... Watch Video

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