January 19, 2023

Board Spotlight

Serving Others and Volunteering with GBTA in 2023

In this feature series, GBTA’s Board of Directors share their views on topics that matter most to members, the industry, and the way forward for business travel. Today’s guest author is GBTA Board member, Michelle “Mick” Lee. 

In my dual role as board member of GBTA and Founder and Chair of WINiT, I have had the privilege to partner with and learn from members of the organization since 2018. The question I am asked the most is “how can I get involved and how can I serve?”    

There are many studies that cite the criticality of connecting volunteer work with interests. Executive Leadership Coach and Author Hortense le Gentil believes we must “align our personal values with our professional activities if we are to become authentic leaders. Being aligned means becoming more of yourself and transcending the limits that once held you back.”    

I fully agree. For over 20 years my own passion and alignment has focused on gender equality and supporting women to find their voice, foster their careers, and recognize the power that each of us already have.     

I am incredibly grateful that GBTA acquired WINiT to strengthen the organization. After 8 years serving as the President, Vice Chair and currently as Chair, I shared with board my intent to step down in 2023 and hand over the reins to the next generation of leaders to take our mission forward.    

In February, we will be announcing our new leadership structure and we hope you will SAVE THE DATE and join us for a virtual event to celebrate International Women’s Day: March 8th 11:00 AM eastern.    

Volunteer programming across the GBTA enterprise is available with a broad range of opportunities to ensure you will find YOUR best alignment.    

Take a look! 

  • Interested in furthering gender equality or a one-on-one mentoring relationship? WINiT is the place.  
  • Looking for a team-based mentorship program? GBTA Ladders   
  • Have a passion for a specific commodity – Airline, Tech, Hotels, Payment? GBTA has a committee for that!

GBTA is the voice and the community of the global business travel industry. Whether you have an hour a month, a week or a day to volunteer, we have a place for you.   

Everyone is welcome here. 



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The Race to Scale Sustainable Airline Fuel (SUPPLY CHAIN DIVE)

Renewable Diesel Production Ready to Surge (AGRINEWS)


The Five Trends That Will Drive Hotel Tech in 2023 (COSTAR)

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UK Railway News Round-Up (RAILWAY GAZETTE)

Industry Spotlight


Take the GBTA Poll: What’s Your Outlook on Business Travel?

Three years ago, GBTA launched “The Business Travel Recovery Poll” to track the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. After executing 29 almost-monthly versions of the poll—and with industry recovery steadily continuing—it’s time to move to a new chapter.

So we are pivoting the poll to now become the quarterly “GBTA Business Travel Outlook.” The new outlook poll will continue to track recovery while also focusing on timely and trending topics for our industry and business travel overall. Your feedback is critical to keep GBTA members, industry partners, government agencies, and media outlets informed across the globe about the latest happenings in global business travel.

Take the Q1/January 2023 GBTA Outlook poll here.

The survey takes only a few minutes to complete and GBTA will announce the results on January 31st.

You can also find all GBTA research and previous poll results at gbta.org or click here.

Your ongoing participation is greatly appreciated — thank you for your support of GBTA’s research efforts.

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GBTA Convention 2023
GBTA 2023 Convention Ambassador Program

GBTA is looking for members to each serve 8 hours during Convention 2023 as Convention Ambassadors. All Ambassadors will receive a preferred registration rate of $150 to attend 2023 GBTA Convention. The application deadline will be May 1st, 2023. Please review all terms before applying. Additional information, terms and application are located here.

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Canada - Adverse winter weather forecast across parts of southern Canada through Jan. 19. Hazardous travel conditions likely.

China - Authorities in Hong Kong, China, to lift isolation requirements for local COVID-19 cases from Jan. 30. Eased entry measures in effect.

Eastern Europe and Central Asia and Western, Central, and Southern Europe - Conflict-related sanctions and restrictions continue to cause disruptions in Europe as of Jan. 18.

Peru - Demonstrators plan major protests in Lima, Peru; clashes continue in Puno Department as of Jan. 19 amid ongoing nationwide unrest.

United Kingdom - Authorities temporarily close runways at Manchester Airport, UK, early Jan. 19. Reconfirm flights.

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Upcoming Events

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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Kickstart 2023 with the upcoming webinar, How AI can turn travel managers into rockstars, made possible by AppZen. This webinar is held on January 25 from 11:00AM to 12:00PM ET and will focus on AI is (and what it isn’t) and how AI-driven expense auditing saves you time and money, and reduces errors.

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GBTA Career Spotlight
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