May 10, 2023

News to Know

Breaking Down Barriers in Accessible Travel

The World Health Organization estimates one in six of the world’s population experiences significant disability. Yet, so daunting is the prospect of taking a business trip, “in many cases employees with disabilities just avoid travel and all the associated benefits and opportunities it gives,” a travel manager for a global tech company told the UK & Ireland’s Institute of Travel Management (ITM) annual conference in Brighton last month.

The shocking experiences underpinning this observation are not hard to find. Only last week the BBC reported on Irish wheelchair user Adrian Keogh crawling down the steps of a Ryanair aircraft at Göteborg Landvetter Airport in Sweden after being told no one could could assist his disembarkation for an hour. Keogh couldn’t wait that long. He was in pain after the flight and needed the toilet.

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European Flights Reach 90 Per Cent Recovery Rate (BTN EUROPE)

Competition Between Europe’s Airports: New Analysis Highlights Shifting Dynamics as Airline Power Tightens Grip (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

Airlines, FAA, Weather? Data Shows Fault for Delayed, Canceled Flights. (WASHINGTON POST)

Cash for Delayed or Canceled Flights? What to Know About Biden’s Plan. (THE NEW YORK TIMES, MAY REQUIRE SUBSCRIPTION)


Key Asia Pacific Hotel Markets Surpassed 2019 Profitability Levels in March (4HOTELIERS)

Choice Hotels Propelled by Guests Blending Business and Leisure (SKIFT, MAY REQUIRE SUBSCRIPTION)


Sustainable Travel In Saudi: Serco To Manage Net-Zero Mobility for The Red Sea (CONSTRUCTION WEEK ONLINE)


Corporate Travel Buyers Oppose Airlines Restricting Fares in GDS (TRAVEL WEEKLY, GBTA FEATURED)

Amadeus’ Full Recovery Is Getting Closer, But It’s Not Here Yet (SKIFT, MAY REQUIRE SUBSCRIPTION)

Industry Spotlight


Deadline Extended
Call for Nominations Open Until May 15:
GBTA Board of Directors

Have you considered submitting a nomination for the 2023 GBTA Board of Directors elections? You now have more time to step forward. The deadline to submit nominations for the 2023 GBTA Board election has been extended to Monday, May 15, 2023, 5:00 PM ET.

We appreciate all who have already submitted nominations. Elections for open seats on GBTA's Board are held each year in conjunction with the annual Convention. The 2023 elections will conclude with the announcement of the new Board members on August 15, 2023, at the GBTA Annual Convention in Dallas.

We are seeking nominees for five open Board seats, including the President and Vice President roles, which must be filled by a buyer, two additional seats for buyer members that include the Canadian and At-Large seat. Also, open is one seat for a supplier member. Except for the Canadian regional seat, all eligible members from across the globe are welcome to fill the four seats. To learn more of the requirements, click here.

Nominations must be submitted by Monday, May 15, 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]


GBTA Professional Development
Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management

June 7, 14, 21, 28
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM BST

Deadline to Register is May 31

Register today for the Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management. This course builds off of the Fundamentals curriculum to aid business travel professionals in increasing their knowledge of the industry while also expanding on their professional skills. Gain knowledge on:

  • Travel Policy Compliance
  • Travel Risk Management
  • Data Strategy
  • Category Management, Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Relationship Management

GBTA Convention 2023 Exhibitors

G3 Global Services
Booth 1115
Booth 3046, SP 1
Booth IHP - 1
Leonardo Hotels
Booth 3534
Level Hotels & Furnished Suites
Booth 2118
Lufthansa Group
Booth 2231c

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

China - Disruptions due to flooding ongoing across parts of Jiangxi Province, China, as of May 9. Thousands of people evacuated.

Mexico - Severe weather forecast across much of Mexico through at least May 13. Possible disruptions due to flooding, strong winds, and tornadoes.

Sri Lanka - Train disruptions ongoing across Sri Lanka as of the afternoon of May 10 due to station workers' strike. Confirm transport schedules.

United Kingdom - Labor unions call for nationwide rail strike in the UK, May 12-13; rail disruptions likely. Further stri kes planned.

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Upcoming Events

GBTA Canada Conference 2023 – Toronto
May 15 - 17

PredictX Webinar
May 17
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

GBTA Sustainability Summit
June 13

GBTA U.S. Legislative Summit
June 14 - 15

GBTA Convention 2023
Aug 13 - 15

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The global business travel industry continues working its way toward a forecasted $1.158 trillion in travel spending in 2023 – but economics only tell part of the story.

Read the full poll results here.

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