March 2, 2023

News to Know

As Travel Trends Up, So Do Climate Goal Challenges

In the years since COVID-19 nearly shut down tourism, most of the travel industry has been focused on rebuilding, celebrating new reports of increasing bookings as if they guarantee a forecast of nothing but sunny skies for years to come.

Now, about those sunny skies...

A new report from a consortium of organizations focused on sustainable tourism warns that a responsible approach to climate change — one that would allow the tourism sector to reach the United Nations’ goals of halving global emissions by 2030 and achieving net zero by 2050 — is likely inconsistent with trends showing tourism doubling between 2019 and mid-century.

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American Airlines Is Shaking Up Corporate Travel Booking: Here’s Why (SKIFT)

Airlines Step Up Hiring to Drive Growth As Demand Recovers, Costs Ease (BUSINESS STANDARD)

Airlines Defy Gravity as Economic Gloom Fails to Bring Them Down to Earth (THE FINANCIAL TIMES)


Independent Hotels in the U.S. Pressured by the Big Brands (SKIFT)

The Ritz-Carlton Is Coming to Italy, Hyatt Opens in San Miguel De Allende, and Other Hotel News You Missed (BUSINESS TRAVEL NOW)

Radisson Rolls Out Meeting Booking Tool Across EMEA Region (BTN EUROPE)


After Slow End to 2022, the Business Travel Outlook Is Turning More Positive for 2023 (CAPA) – FEATURES GBTA

OTAs Under Fire for Charging More than Airlines for Extras (TRAVEL WEEKLY)

Industry Spotlight

GBTA Webinar
How Travel Managers Will Succeed in 2023

March 22 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Managed travel programs have evolved along with the role of the travel manager. New research from GBTA in partnership with Spotnana reveals the trends that will define success in corporate travel.

Join Johnny Thorsen, VP Partnerships at Spotnana, and Chris Ely, GBTA’s Research Director, on this webinar for insights into what 2023 looks like for travel managers and how they are preparing for the future.

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GBTA DEI Committee
Ageism and Its Impact on the Travel Industry

This Insights Paper is brought to you by the GBTA DEI Committee

Age is just a number… or is it? In this deep dive into the topic of ageism and its potential detrimental impact on economic and business performance, the GBTA DEI Committee explores the challenges faced by various age groups across our working population, and how we can avoid age-biased workplace discrimination. Members can read the findings by logging in to the GBTA Hub, and clicking here.


Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Finland - Transport workers' labor unions start rail and bus strikes across Finland, March 1-10. Likely transport disruptions.

Greece - Emergency response ongoing near Larissa as of March 1 following train collision late Feb. 28; rail services suspended nationwide.

India - Farmers to march across India from March 2 and protest at Parliament in New Delhi March 20. Security-related disruptions likely.

Spain - Spain lifts remaining COVID-19 international travel restrictions as of March 1.

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