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February 5, 2024

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Elevating Hospitality in 2024: The Role of QR Codes

The COVID-19 pandemic spurred rapid adoption and evolution of technology trends in hospitality. Contactless technology, in particular, became essential for minimizing physical contact and remote check-ins. Today, the technology’s flexibility and convenience remain important to travelers. Over 70 percent of travelers expect their accommodations to offer technology amenities and will more likely select a hotel with self-service options, minimizing contact with staff and other guests. 

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Lufthansa Strike: German Airline Warns of Extensive Disruption to Flights on Wednesday (EURO NEWS)

Buy Now, Pay Later Powers Revenue for Travel and Airline Merchants (PHOCUSWIRE)

Starlux to Launch 3 International Flight Destinations from Taichung (FOCUS TAIWAN)

EU Commission Applauds Ongoing Airline Competition on US-Amsterdam Routes (MIRAGE NEWS)


Uber Green Launched at Bharat Mobility Expo, Delhi (ECONOMIC TIMES)

Decarbonizing Aviation: Someday Is Now (ETURBONEWS)

Google Maps Tests Generative AI-Driven Discovery Feature (PHOCUSWIRE)

Amadeus Expands in Biometrics with Acquisition of Vision-Box (4HOTELIERS)


Phocuswright’s 2024 Guide to Travel Innovation and Tech (PHOCUSWIRE)

Industry Spotlight

GBTA U.S. Legislative Summit 2024
Registration Is Now Open for the GBTA U.S. Legislative Summit 2024

The 118th Congress is back in session for the final push before the 2024 elections. Congress has much work left to do. That equals unfinished work for GBTA to accomplish. Infrastructure, incentives for sustainability and removing the friction for business travel remain key priorities. That’s why your presence at GBTA’s U.S. Legislative Summit, June 10-12, in Washington, D.C., is vital to help the business travel industry accomplish our legislative agenda.

The industry and the country need you to advocate on positve change for business travel. This opportunity is for ALL business travel professionals. No advocacy experience is necessary – if you provide the passion, we’ll provide the purpose.

Register by March 31 to get our lowest rates of the year!

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Chile - Curfew reimposed in response to deadly wildfires in Valparaiso Region, Chile, as of Feb. 4.

France - Unionized tram and bus workers plan to strike across Ile-de-France, France, Feb. 8. Transport disruptions likely. Protests possible.

Italy - Unionized public transport workers to strike in Turin, Italy, Feb. 10. Transport disruptions likely; limited services guaranteed.

United States - Severe weather prompts evacuations and disruptions in parts of Santa Barbara County, Calif., US, as of Feb. 4. Flooding possible.

Western, Central, and Southern Europe - Farmers' protests likely in multiple countries through early February. Increased security, significant road travel disruptions likely.

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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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What will 2024 bring for business travel? Business Travel News asked industry experts to weigh in on what will matter this year, including GBTA's CEO, Suzanne Neufang.

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