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February 1, 2024

News to Know

Why Hotels Should Ride the GDS Wave in 2024 and Beyond

In the intricate tapestry of the hospitality industry, Global Distribution Systems (GDS) have long been the favored tools of major players—hotel chains, airlines, and travel agents. However, as we stand on the cusp of 2024, the spotlight turns toward independent hotels and small groups. Should they venture into the realm of GDS as a pivotal element of their business strategy? Let’s unravel the potential and key considerations for these entities as they embark on the GDS Odyssey.

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Asia Pacific Airlines Bounce Back in 2023 With 161% Passenger Growth (SIMPLE FLYING)

Turkish Airlines Cancels Flights to Germany Amid Airport Strike (DAILY SABAH)

Korean Air Soars Smoothly As It Looks to Complete Acquisition of Asiana Airlines (KOREA TIMES)


Europe's Travel Strikes: Flight and Train Disruption You Can Expect in February (EURO NEWS)


Sustainable Jet Fuel Supply Crunch Endangers Airlines’ Climate Targets (AJOT)


Business Travel Poll Indicates More Spending Amid Challenges for 2024 (AUTO RENTAL NEWS, GBTA FEATURED)

GBTA: Pandemic in the Past as Business Travel Has Strong Start to 2024 (BTN EUROPE, GBTA FEATURED)

Conferma Pay and ConnexPay Launch Payments Solution for Travel Businesses (PYMNTS)

Industry Spotlight

GBTA Europe
The Latest Regional News from GBTA Europe

GBTA announced this week the appointment of eight new members to the GBTA Europe Advisory Board. The new members bring representation from Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Scotland and England, as well as specialist expertise in Risk, M&E, technology, and visa services. Read all the details in GBTA Europe's latest newsletter

GBTA is now accepting education proposals from industry professionals for the GBTA Europe Conference in Copenhagen. The deadline to submit is March 1 so start building your proposal using the Submission Worksheet. Also be sure to check out upcoming GBTA training courses such as Sustainable Travel Management, Advanced Principles of Business and Fundamentals of Business Travel Management.

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GBTA LATAM Conference
Might Mexico City Be The World’s Number One Destination for Business Travelers in 2023?

Attend the GBTA LATAM Conference 2024 in this vibrant city!

April 3-4

A Forbes article says Mexico City might possibly be the world's number one destination for business travelers. Come and experience it for yourself.

Attend the GBTA LATAM Conference in Mexico and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this dynamic city while gaining invaluable insights to elevate your business travel experiences.

3 reasons to attend:

🤝 Networking beyond borders: Seize the opportunity to connect with industry leaders and experts, fostering global connections.

🚗 Meet local suppliers: Explore reliable local suppliers and strengthen your business relationships. Ensure safe transportation options and reinforce your connections while attending.

🌐 Discover Mexico City’s cultural richness and entertainment: Join us for an unforgettable blend of business and bleisure.

This conference is a must-attend event. English sessions and translation services available onsite.

Register Here in English


Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Canada and United States - Pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli activists likely to rally in cities across US and Canada through early February. Disruptions likely.

France - Farmers staging numerous roadblock protests across France, including blockades around Paris, as of Jan. 31. Major disruptions continuing.

Germany - Unionized aviation security staff to strike at 11 airports across Germany through Feb. 1. Suspended departures, flight disruptions certain.

Western, Central, and Southern Europe - Rallies denouncing Israel-Hamas conflict likely in urban centers across Europe through early February, as well as increased security alerts.

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Upcoming Events

Sustainable Travel Management
Next session: starts February 26

GBTA Conference 2024 - Mexico City
April 3 - 4

Fundamentals of Business Travel Management
Spring session: starts April 4

GBTA Conference 2024 - Toronto
April 22 - 24

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ICYMI: Last week we published the first in a series where GBTA Board of Directors members share their views on topics that matter most to members, the industry, and the way forward for business travel. The first guest author featured is GBTA Board President Mark Cuschieri...

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