May 22, 2023

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Blending Opportunity? Travelers Are Increasingly Mixing Business and Leisure

Combining business and leisure travel is not a new phenomenon—we were gifted the portmanteau ‘bleisure’ back in 2009—but in the post-pandemic era of remote work and travel-starved employees seeking greater work-life balance, bleisure travel has been given a new lease on life.

A 2022 industry poll conducted by the Global Business Travel Association found that two in five travel managers (41 percent) reported an increase in the desire for blended or bleisure travel among employees.

One estimate holds that in 2022 blended travel had a market value of $497.5 billion, and some experts insist that providing support for bleisure travel can be an important tool in attracting and retaining talent.

What does this mean for travel managers? And is there value in thinking beyond business travel for a managed travel program?

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GBTA + VDR Europe Conference 2023 – Hamburg
Registration Is Open!

Registration is now open and for the first time we will be in Hamburg 14-16 November at CCH – Congress Center Hamburg. We will be kicking off the conference with a Sustainability Day with three hours of dedicated sustainability content.


Registration rates increase on 29 June at 11:59 PM BST.


GBTA Webinar
How to Offer Climate Smart Travel Today and Tomorrow

June 7 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET
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The travel industry is a major contributor to climate change, but it’s not all doom and gloom. Your customers know this and want you to help them take action.

Whether you are a climate leader or just starting out, this webinar will equip you with the knowledge and practical industry examples to help you make a real impact. Learn how to take your business to the next level on your sustainability journey and drive positive change for our planet.

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Italy - Increased volcanic activity reported at Mount Etna Volcano, Sicily, Italy, as of May 21. Flight disruptions ongoing at Catania Airport.

Mexico - Severe weather forecast across much of Mexico through at least May 22. Possible disruptions due to flooding, strong winds, and tornadoes.

United Kingdom - Unionized security staff at London Heathrow Airport (LHR), UK, to strike May 25-27; airport and flight disruptions likely.

United Kingdom - Rail services via Stevenage, UK, suspended due to signalling failure, May 22. Disruptions reported.

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Upcoming Events

Webinar: How to Offer Climate Smart Travel Today and Tomorrow
June 7
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GBTA Sustainability Summit
June 13

GBTA U.S. Legislative Summit
June 14 - 15

GBTA Convention 2023
Aug 13 - 15

GBTA APAC Conference 2023 - Singapore
September 19 - 20

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@Sharlene Ketwaroo-Nanoo: After a whirlwind couple of days and one of the industries best kept secrets, I am thrilled to announce that I have joined the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) as Regional Director, Canada.

As I embark on this new journey, I remain grateful to Steve Smith and Andy Bonanno for supporting my volunteer work and my career development. I am better for having worked with you both.

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