May 23, 2023

News to Know

Airlines and F.A.A. Try to Head Off Summer Travel Meltdowns

The number of Americans who will fly this summer could eclipse the prepandemic high from 2019. That would be great news for airlines, but it could also cause a backlash against the industry if it fails to keep up with demand and delays or cancels thousands of flights.

The recovery from the pandemic has been punctuated by several major travel meltdowns, stranding millions of travelers and angering lawmakers and regulators. In recent months, the Transportation Department has proposed requiring greater transparency around airline fees and requiring companies to more fully compensate people whose flights are delayed or canceled.

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United Becomes First U.S. Airline to Add Live Activities for iPhone (PR NEWSWIRE)

India’s Airlines Are Gasping for Fresh Capacities  (MONEY CONTROL)

Items Banned from Hand Luggage on easyJet, Ryanair, BA, TUI and Other Airlines (MIRROR)


PwC: Increasing Economic Headwinds to Impact Hotel Performance for Balance of This Year and into 2024 (HOSPITALITY NET)


Hotelbeds CEO: Sustainable Travel Is “Nonnegotiable” (PHOCUSWIRE)

Dublin Airport Plans ‘Low Emissions’ Discount for Airlines (BTN EUROPE)


Navan Enables Switching Between Flight, Rail Options (BTN)

International Travel Lags Despite Surge in Bookings (MINT)

ChatGPT Plugins' Potential Impact on the Travel Booking Experience (PHOCUSWIRE)

Industry Spotlight


GBTA Europe
GBTA Advocates for Investment Towards the Decarbonisation of Aviation

GBTA continues to engage with governments to obtain appropriate policy to help scale solutions to decarbonise aviation. In Europe, the European Green Deal Industrial Plan includes the The Net-Zero Industry Act (NZIA). NZIA serves as the European Union's counterstrategy to the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of the United States, which features significant subsidies for clean technology manufacturing that have raised competitiveness concerns among European industries.

While NZIA emphasises a range of priority areas, from solar photovoltaic, to carbon capture, and storage, it currently lacks specific provisions to promote the adoption of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF). Recognising this gap as a missed opportunity to channel investments towards the decarbonisation of aviation, GBTA crafted a letter to more than 100 Members of the European Parliament and EU Member States government representatives, urging for the inclusion of SAF in the NZIA.

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GBTA Sustainability Summit
“Fostering Collaboration and Education”

June 13 | Washington, D.C.

“It was energizing to get to know industry peers demonstrating a genuine passion and engagement in setting the right expectations and fighting greenwashing. The 2022 edition of the GBTA Sustainability Summit has been outstanding! Through fostering collaboration and education, it is an exceptional platform to genuinely advance sustainability in the business travel industry.” - Sylvain Muller, Senior Director of Product Management, SAP Concur

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GBTA Convention 2023 Exhibitors

Booth 2242
Booth 3431
Club Quarters
Booth 2035
Cognigy, Inc.
Booth 2113
Columbia Sussex
Booth 2122
Conferma Pay
Booth 1342

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Italy - Increased volcanic activity continues at Mount Etna Volcano, Sicily, Italy, as of May 22. Flight disruptions ongoing at Catania Airport.

Mexico - Volcanic activity continues at Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico, as of May 22. Travel disruptions likely. Authorities raise alert level.

Middle East/North Africa - Severe weather forecast across parts of the Arabian Peninsula through May 24. Possible transport, business, and utility disruptions.

Morocco - Taxi drivers plan to protest in Casablanca, Morocco, May 23. Increased security, localized transport disruptions likely.

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Upcoming Events

Webinar: How to Offer Climate Smart Travel Today and Tomorrow
June 7
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

GBTA APAC Conference 2023 - Singapore
September 19 - 20

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The private sector is pioneering the green transition by setting ambitious targets and implementing measures to transform its business models. Find out how they are championing climate action and reducing their carbon footprint to create a sustainable business travel program at the GBTA Sustainability Summit. Hear from industry leaders like Google’s darragh ormsby.

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