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February 16, 2024

News to Know

Hotel Leaders Push for Greater Innovation

After years of driving historic levels of efficiency to cope with a unique operating environment, hoteliers are now tasked with finding innovative ways to maintain that efficiency during what feels like a return to normal.

At the 2024 Americas Lodging Summit, Russell Urban, CEO, principal and managing partner for Electra America Hospitality Group, said the big challenge is to preserve those benefits while keeping hotels from "becoming dull and boring."

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British Start-Up Global Airlines Completes First Airbus A380 Test Flights in US (AEROTIME)

Ryanair Cancels All Flights to Israel (AIRWAYS MAG)

ITA Airways to Resume Israel Flights from 1 March (BTN EUROPE)


Enterprise Expands Operations into Thailand (BTN EUROPE)


5 Hotel Perks That Make Work Trips Both Fun and Productive for Business Travelers (BUSINESS INSIDER)

4 Key Questions for Corporate Travel in 2024 by Amex GBT (TRAVEL DAILY MEDIA)

GBTA Survey: Most Buyers Plan for More Business Trips In 2024 (THE BEAT, GBTA FEATURED)

Top 10 Destinations for Business Trips in Africa (BUSINESS INSIDER)

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

Canada and United States - Adverse winter weather forecast in parts of southeastern Canada and the northeastern US through Feb. 16. Hazardous travel conditions likely.

Germany - Kurdish activists plan protest march in central Cologne, Germany, from 10:00 Feb. 17; increased security, transport disruptions likely.

India - Tight security and associated restrictions likely to persist in Manipur State, India, through at least end-February due to renewed unrest.

United Kingdom - Pro-Palestinian activists plan to stage protest marches in London, UK, 12:00 Feb. 17. Heightened security, transport 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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