January 24, 2023

Check-In with Suzanne

The Perfect Package for Business Travel: Productivity, People and Planet

As business calendars fill up for a new year, the idea of purposeful travel has come into focus for many. For me, traveling for work with more intent means designing each trip to maximize productivity and opportunities to connect with people, while making choices that are better for the planet.

Last week was a fitting example as I joined GBTA members and staff in Washington, D.C., not for just one meeting, but for several, which we scheduled concurrently. Internal staff “kick-off” workshops fit well with the GBTA U.S. Government Affairs (USGA) Committee working session, along with a local mixer – all made possible with just one plane or train ride. Multi-intent trips that combine productivity, people and planet will be a trend we’ll see – and practice more of – in 2023.

I want to give a shout-out to our USGA Committee (pictured) for their important work at last week’s meeting. Along with GBTA’s DC-based advocacy firm, Cornerstone Government Affairs, GBTA’s Shane Downey and the Committee members led by member Tricia Alsop discussed and narrowed the list of potential top US policy concerns on which GBTA will add its “voice” this year. Advocacy at GBTA is one of our top three pillars. As the USGA Committee works on its US Legislative Summit agenda for June, GBTA’s advocacy efforts will be front and center. You’ll hear more from us on that as well as efforts in Brussels, Ottawa, and other world capitals throughout 2023.

While GBTA is a global association, we know bringing professionals together on a local and national level is equally important. This week, 180+ attendees from our 36 U.S. chapters are gathered in Los Angeles for the GBTA U.S. Chapter Leadership Summit. They’ll cover topics such as industry forecasts and trends, U.S. legislative outlook, chapter best practices, and learning updates including on GBTA Academy. A big thank you to these chapter leaders and participants for your volunteerism and support of GBTA.

We are also grateful for your participation in GBTA’s research efforts which provide critical insights on the collective state of business travel. Please take a few minutes by Thursday to respond to our latest GBTA Business Travel Outlook Poll as we continue to track industry recovery and other important topics.



Why Has US Commercial Airline Travel Become So Safe? Teamwork Has a Lot Do With It (TECH XPLORE)

ASTA Calls on DOT to Enhance Transparency on Airline Ancillary Fees (TRAVEL PULSE)

US Airline Leaves No Fly List Details Accessible On The Open Web (TECH DIRT)


Rising Hotel Prices Set to Be Challenge for UK buyers (BTN EUROPE)

Hotel Demand May Start to Taper This Year, STR Says (TRAVEL WEEKLY)


Emirates Completes Ground Testing of Engine Using 100 Per Cent SAF (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)


Flight Centre Reveals the Top International Business Travel Destination (TRAVEL WEEKLY)

Small Businesses Outpace Corporates in Return to Traveling (PYMNTS)

View from Brussels: Rail Travel Gets New Year Boost (E&T)

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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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Canada and United States - Heavy snowfall forecast across parts of the northeastern US and southeastern Canada through Jan. 24. Hazardous travel conditions likely.

France - Gare de l'Est station in Paris, France, closed to all rail traffic, Jan. 24. Rail service cancelations and delays ongoing.

Germany - Unionized workers at Berlin Airport (BER), Germany, to strike Jan. 25; significant disruptions to flights and airport operations likely.

Peru - Unrest continues throughout Peru as of Jan. 23 amid state of emergency declarations. Avoid all protests as a precaution.

United Kingdom - Unionized rail staff, civil servants, and teachers to strike nationwide Feb. 1; rail strike to continue in England, Wales, Scotland Feb. 3.

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