February 14, 2023

News to Know

U.S. Visa Wait Times Are Getting Better

U.S. travel CEOs in recent weeks have been increasingly critical of U.S. efforts to ease widespread delays to obtain travel visa that they say is hurting the industry’s recovery. The U.S. State Department official in charge of fixing the problem tells Skift’s Global Tourism Reporter Dawit Habtemariam that the progress is being made and patience is required in an exclusive interview.

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Airports Called to Submit Their Candidacy for ACI World-Amadeus Technology Innovation Awards (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

There’s a Snazzy New ‘Business Class Plus’ Cabin on an Airline You've Probably Never Heard Of (BUSINESS TRAVEL NOW)


Ford’s EVs Are Getting Faster Charging and More Affordable Batteries Thanks to New Chemistry (THE VERGE)


Lufthansa Expands ‘Green Fares’ Across European Services (BTN EUROPE)

Austrian Airlines Adds Sustainable Travel Options With Eco-Friendly Fares (SIMPLE FLYING)


Corporate Housing Trends to Watch in 2023 (NEWSWEEK)

Comeback of Business Travel Continues (FVW)

Asia-Pacific MICE Industry Is Expected to Growing At a CAGR of 8.6%, Is Estimated to Reach $441.1 Billion by 2025 (EIN PRESSNEWS)

Is the Travel Sector All Clear for Takeoff in 2023? (WEALTH PROFESSIONAL)

Industry Spotlight

GBTA Sustainability Summit
Building a Greener Future for Business Travel

GBTA will be hosting its second global Sustainability Summit on building a greener future for business travel on June 13 in Washington, DC. This one-day, high-level event, will bring together experts, industry and policy leaders to outline concrete solutions to manage the environmental impact of business travel.

It will address key topics that require radical industry collaboration, such as the development of clean travel solutions, sharing of information and data, and empowerment of business travelers to select greener travel options.

This must-attend, interactive event will foster connections and exchange by providing a forum for frank discussions about challenges and opportunities to drive climate action in the business travel sector. The Sustainability Summit will also inform discussions at the GBTA Legislative Summit in the two days to follow, where attendees will advocate for policies that help finance and accelerate the green transition.

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GBTA Webinar
Ensuring Duty of Care: A Look at Travel Risk Management Best Practices

Tomorrow, February 15 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Employees are the most important asset of an organization. To ensure the safety and well-being of their employees, companies have a legal and ethical obligation known as “duty of care” to identify, assess, and mitigate these risks.

Join our industry experts, Alex Rodriguez, Director, Global Security Communications Center at The Walt Disney Company, and Kevin Reagan, Director, Travel Risk Management Solutions at Everbridge, and learn more about enabling duty of care through an effective travel risk management program.

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Australia - Adverse weather forecast across southeastern Queensland and northern New South Wales, Australia through Feb. 15. Flight disruptions ongoing.

Germany - Unionized public transport workers striking in North Rhine-Westphalia State, Germany, Feb. 14-15. Travel delays and disruptions reported.

New Zealand - Severe weather due to Cyclone Gabrielle forecast across northern and central New Zealand through Feb. 15. Widespread disruptions reported.

United States - Super Bowl victory parade planned for the Kansas City Chiefs in central Kansas City, Mo., US, Feb. 15. Major disruptions likely.

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Upcoming Events

Ensuring Duty of Care: A Look at Travel Risk Management Best Practices
Tomorrow, February 15
11:00 AM

GBTA’s BTI Outlook: A Look at Europe
February 22 | 3:00 PM CET

GBTA Conference 2023 | Mexico City
March 15 - 16

GBTA Convention 2023
Aug 13 - 15

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{Podcast} What the Industry Expects Next: Insights from the GBTA Q1 2023 Business Travel Outlook Poll

The GBTA Research Team − Chris Ely, Research Director, and Mark Sharoff, Research Manager – provide more insights and analysis around GBTA’s Q1 2023 Business Travel Outlook Poll in a sit-down interview with Debbie Iannaci, head of Communications, Public Relations and Research at GBTA.

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Use the GBTA Career Center to post your business travel job openings and access thousands of qualified industry professionals looking to make their next career move.

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