May 4, 2023

News to Know

Washington Is Letting Chinese Airlines Increase Flights to America

The United States said Wednesday it would allow Chinese airlines to boost their services to America, handing the carriers a limited win as geopolitical tension continues to bedevil the bilateral relationship.

The US Department of Transportation confirmed to CNN that it had issued an order permitting Chinese airlines to increase their number of weekly round-trip flights to 12. That’s up from the eight weekly round-trip flights currently allowed for Chinese carriers.

The new “level of service will be equivalent to the total number of flights permitted by [Chinese] aviation authorities for US carriers,” the DOT said in a statement.

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US: Airlines Warn of Travel Disruption as 5G Rollout Deadline Looms (WIO NEWS)

Business Air Travel Spend Up 85% YoY in Q1, Still Recovering From Pandemic (CFO)

UAE's Emirates, Etihad Airlines Expand Interline Cooperation (REUTERS)


Making Sustainable Travel Possible with the Aid of Technology (TTG ASIA)

Radisson Hotel Group Joins HRS’s Green Stay Initiative (BTN EUROPE)

Aviation Experts Urge Industry to Work Towards Net-Zero Future (ZAWYA)


Russian Travel Ban Not Derailing Central European Hotels Recovery (COSTAR)

CoStar Group Launches the Next Generation of STR (STR)

How ChatGPT Levels the Playing Field for Travel Companies (PHOCUSWIRE)

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Attention GBTA Members
Call for Nominations Are Open:
GBTA Board of Directors

The 2023 GBTA Board elections are now open, and we encourage you to participate by submitting a nomination for yourself or a colleague who is up to the task of helping create the future for GBTA, its members, and the industry. The nomination period closes Monday, May 8, 2023.

Vacancies for the 2023 GBTA Board of Directors are as follows:

  • President: One (1) Direct member, At-Large Seat
  • Vice President: One (1) Direct member, At-Large Seat
  • Canada Regional Seat: One (1) Direct member, (Canada-based)
  • At-Large Direct Seat: One (1) Direct member
  • At-Large Allied Seat: One (1) Allied member

All seats are for a term of two years, effective August 15, 2023.

Nominations must be submitted by Monday, May 8, 2023, at 5:00 PM ET.   Check your email for the link to submit your nominations. If you have any questions please contact Shane Downey at [email protected].


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Breakout Sessions for All Levels of Professional Experience

Join us at GBTA Convention 2023 for breakout sessions covering topics that will keep you on top of the evolving business travel industry. There will be sessions for all levels of professional experience including:

  • Fundamental – Content will be presented at a beginner level and focused on the understanding of a topic or issue.
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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Argentina - Unionized subway workers to strike on Lines A and C in Buenos Aires, Argentina,13:00-16:00 May 4. Expect travel disruptions.

Germany - Unionized public transport workers will strike across five German regions, May 4. Travel delays and disruptions likely.

India - Officials impose increased security in Manipur State, India, effective May 3; mobile internet services suspended statewide through May 8.

Mexico - Commemorative parade to take place in Puebla, Puebla State, Mexico, May 5; heightened security, transport and business disruptions likely.

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The Fundamentals of Strategic Meetings Management
May 5
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

GBTA Canada Conference 2023 – Toronto
May 15 - 17

PredictX Webinar
May 17
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GBTA Sustainability Summit
June 13

GBTA U.S. Legislative Summit
June 14 - 15

GBTA Convention 2023
Aug 13 - 15

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