January 20, 2023

New GBTA Podcast

The Politics of Travel: How Congress Shapes the Recovery and Outlook of the U.S. Rental Car Market

In this podcast episode, GBTA Vice President of Government Relations, Shane Downey, talks with Gordon Reel, Vice President of Government and Public Affairs from Enterprise Holdings, to learn more about the post-pandemic recovery and forecast for the U.S. rental car market as well as legislative issues of interest in the new 118th Congress. Reel also shares his expertise and insights on the importance of citizen political activity along with the company’s thoughts on legislative items such as excise taxes, electric vehicles, infrastructure, and bonus depreciation.

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FAA Outage: US Airline Regulators Blame Contractor for Travel Chaos (BBC)

Colombia Will Resume Merger Process of Avianca and Viva Airlines (REUTERS)

Qantas Adds More India Destinations with IndiGo Codeshares (SIMPLE FLYING)


Amex GBT Integrates Chooose Data Across Booking Tools (BTN EUROPE)

Environmental Sustainability in 2023 and Beyond – The Strategic Imperative (NASSCOM)


The Best Apartment Hotels Now Feel Like Home, But Fancier (HOSPITALITY TODAY)


Top U.K. Car Rental Brands Named by Statista (AUTO RENTAL NEWS)

Analysis: Small and Medium Companies to Boost Business Travel Rebound in 2023 (REUTERS)

December U.S. Hotel Occupancy Falls, Business Travel Increases (HOSPITALITY TODAY)

Industry Spotlight


GBTA Europe
Advocacy Newsletter - January 2023

GBTA have released the January edition of the GBTA Europe Advocacy Newsletter designed to keep you up to date with what’s happening in relation to business travel in Brussels, and how GBTA is advocating on behalf of members.   

The association continues to retain its strong presence in Brussels and reinforce its ties with local stakeholders and policymakers.  

This month, we have an update on the Emissions Trading System (ETS), the lifting of travel restrictions in China and testing requirements for travellers, and a call for the EU to be better prepared for future pandemics.  

Read all the details here in the January GBTA Europe Advocacy newsletter.


GBTA Conference 2023 Hamburg in Partnership with VDR
GBTA is Now Accepting Proposals for Education Sessions in Hamburg

GBTA is seeking industry professionals to contribute new ideas, solutions, and innovations for current issues and challenges that confront the travel industry. With your unique perspective and insight, we can continue to deliver the best education on the topics most relevant to business travel.

New this year! To streamline the submission and review process, GBTA has removed the draft PPT requirement. The entire session proposal can be submitted via the online form in the Submission Portal.

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Greece - Severe weather forecast across much of Greece through at least Jan. 20. Disruptions to transport, business, and utilities possible.

Japan - Snowfall and strong winds forecast across northern and western Japan through at least Jan. 21. Hazardous travel conditions likely.

Peru - Peru's government declares state of emergency in Amazonas, La Libertad, and Tacna departments Jan. 19 amid ongoing nationwide unrest.

United States - Abortion-rights activists to hold protests in multiple locations throughout US Jan. 21-22.

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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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Paul Brindley, Head of Indirect Sales and Distribution at Eurostar, 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.

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