February 21, 2023

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Advocacy’s Critical Role in Driving the Advancement of Business Travel

When it comes to GBTA’s advocacy for global business travel, it’s a year-round mission. In 2022, GBTA’s initiatives ranged from advocating for lifting border restrictions and testing protocols as the pandemic leveled off, to expanding sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production, to advancing critical budgeting and resourcing provisions in legislative bills. Our efforts were geared towards enhancing business travel but also improving the travel experience for all.

In 2023, we will continue to prioritize climate action, a robust infrastructure, and the safe and efficient movement of travelers. Under our global strategy, GBTA advocates on a regional level for issues prioritized by the local business travel community. To aid our efforts, we work with government affairs partners, Brussels-based Grayling Public Affairs, Invictus in Ottawa, and Cornerstone in Washington, D.C. GBTA also actively monitors issues across the globe, including Asia, the U.K, and Latin America, but we need you to be our eyes and ears.

For GBTA to be the true voice of business travel, we need your support. Promoting the importance of face-to-face meetings is also a major pillar of our advocacy strategy. As the subject matter experts in business travel, policymakers need to hear directly from you. Reach out to GBTA’s Shane Downey ([email protected]) if you want to share your insights or know of issues where GBTA can assist.

In March, GBTA will be in Brussels meeting with policymakers and members to share our views on a framework for counting greenhouse gas emissions along with rail capacity, air travel, and improvements for multimodal booking. In May at our Toronto conference, GBTA Canada will continue its 2022 initiative of hosting key stakeholder meetings with Canadian staff and elected officials on GBTA’s key topics.

On June 13-15 in Washington D.C., GBTA’s yearly Legislative Summit takes place. The highly engaged volunteers of the U.S. Government Affairs Committee help set GBTA’s U.S. agenda by advising on the challenges faced. And look for more details to come about the U.S. Chapter Challenge which raises the profile of business travel and grassroots advocacy for issues at the Congressional District level.

On June 13 GBTA will also be holding its second GBTA Sustainability Summit in Washington, D.C. Held in Brussels last year, this one-day, high-level event brings together experts, industry and policy leaders to outline tangible actions toward managing business travel’s environmental impact. This year, both the Legislative and Sustainability summit events will be held in the same city, by design, to make for highly productive, multi-purpose travel. Registration is now open for both so don’t miss out.



Travel Industry Works to Avoid Another Chaotic Summer (PHOCUSWIRE)

EU Signs Aviation Agreement with Japan (EU LAW LIVE)

More Airline Passengers Are Getting Bumped. Know Your Rights If It Happens to You. (USA TODAY)


New Mobility App Shows CO2 Cost of Business Travel (AUTO CAR)

UK Tech Startup Leading the Charge Towards Sustainable Air Travel (AERO MAG)


The Future of Business Travel in East Africa: 7 Predictions for 2023 (THE AFRICA LOGISTICS)

How the Travel Industry Explains the Weird 2023 Post-COVID Economy (GRID)

Seoul’s Rapid Rise as a MICE Destination (FORBES)

Industry Spotlight

GBTA Webinar
Carbon Emissions Reporting:
What's Best Practice?

March 15 | 1:30 PM SGT

You can’t manage what you can’t measure. Data is the foundation to any good business strategy, and in the world of Sustainability carbon emissions is king. Without industry standards in place, it’s hard to know what is best-practice when it comes to carbon emissions calculations and reporting metrics.

Come join us unravel the various reporting methodologies and best practices for carbon reporting that can lead to a more sustainable travel strategy.



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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Germany - Public transport workers plan to strike in Hanover, Germany, from 03:00 Feb. 21-03:00 Feb. 22. Likely disruptions to bus, tram services.

Mexico - Activists to demonstrate in cities throughout Mexico Feb. 26. Heightened security, transport and business disruptions likely.

Netherlands - Unionized bus and train staff to strike across the Netherlands, Feb. 22, 24; transport disruptions likely.

Syria and Turkey - Recovery operations and associated disruptions expected to continue in parts of Turkey and Syria through March. Further aftershocks likely.

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Upcoming Events

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

Carbon Emissions Reporting: What's the Best Practice?
March 15
1:30 PM SGT

GBTA Conference 2023 | Mexico City
March 15 - 16

GBTA Convention 2023
Aug 13 - 15

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Join GBTA in partnership with Mastercard for a 30-minute webinar that will focus on Europe with a deep-dive into the region focusing on key topics: (1) Business travel trends 2022 and beyond, (2) Insights into business travelers’ sentiment toward returning to travel, (3) How sustainability and technology are changing business travel, & more! Register

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