In light of the U.S. Memorial Day holiday, GBTA will be closed on Monday, May 29 and the GBTA Daily News Brief will not be published.
The Daily News Brief will resume publication on Tuesday, May 30.

May 26, 2023

New GBTA Podcast

The Benefits of DEI Policies for Companies – GBTA Podcast (in Italian)

With the contribution of Stefano Ferri, journalist, writer, communication consultant, and civil rights activist, in this GBTA podcast (conducted in Italian) we talk about Diversity, Equality and Inclusion. At what stage are corporate DEI policies? How are companies progressing in this regard? What is happening in the business travel value chain? Tune in for the latest updates in this podcast hosted by Stefano Ferri, Owner, Stefano Ferri Communication & Marketing.

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Global Flight Bookings 31% Higher Than In Pre-COVID Period: Report (BUSINESS TIMES)

Transatlantic Flights to Surpass 2019 Levels This Summer (BTN EUROPE)

Apple’s New TSA-Approved ID Has Launched—And Is Coming to an Airport Near You (AFAR)


Amadeus Report: Global Hotel Occupancy Close to Pre-Pandemic Levels (BUSINESS TRAVELER USA)


Partnership Aims to Reduce Food-Related Emissions in Hospitality Sector (BTN EUROPE)

Beyond Borders: Rethinking the Sustainability of Long-Haul Travel (TRAVEL DAILY MEDIA)


AI Use in Car Rental Agencies: Top Security Concerns (AUTO RENTAL NEWS)

Travel’s ChatGPT Adventure Raises Hopes and Questions (PHOCUSWIRE)

Business Travel, Bleisure Surge (TRAVEL DAILY MEDIA)

Industry Spotlight


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

Registration is open at the lowest registration rates for conference, don’t miss out on these savings! We are looking forward to connecting in person with hundreds of our industry peers and partners. Hamburg will be the place to build long-term connections, benefit from peer-to-peer education, and advocate for what matters most.



May GBTA Volunteer of the Month

Benjamin Park
Executive Director Travel & Sustainability

Ben is a global procurement and sustainability expert, who, for the last 14 years, has focused on optimizing the company’s Travel & Expense (T&E) offering, creating value by enhancing service, promoting sustainable travel and safety, while maximizing savings to the company.

Ben manages the Parexel Global T&E team and is responsible for the strategic direction and overall management of the company’s worldwide travel and expense, car fleet and commercial payment programs across 52 countries. In addition, Ben has the responsibility of coordinating and leading Parexel’s global Environmental and Sustainability efforts. Ben lives in Berlin, Germany with his family and two kids.

Ben is a strong leader of the Europe Advisory Board taking the chair role to new levels having led selection and recruitment of incoming Europe Advisory Board members. He is a key contributor to our advocacy efforts having spent 3 days in Brussels with us on our recent round of meetings. Ben pushes GBTA to be global, and to be relevant – and to provide programs and services to members that help them to be better informed and more valuable to their companies. He was the driver for GBTA producing an NDC-related podcast featuring the buyer perspective. He is an active participant in conference planning - Main stage; breakout scoring and selection, as well as overall event design.

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GBTA Convention 2023 Exhibitors

Booth 3535
Direct Travel
Booth 1701
Discover Atlanta
Booth DP 3
Dream Hotel Group
Booth 945
Drury Hotels
Booth 1839
Duration Health
Booth 2112

See All GBTA Convention 2023 Exhibitors


Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Asia - Southwest monsoon likely to cause flooding and landslides across South Asia, northern Southeast Asia through September. Disruptions likely.

Guam - Disruptions following Typhoon Mawar ongoing across Guam as of May 26.

Portugal - Unionized Easyjet cabin crew striking nationwide in Portugal on alternate days May 26-June 3. Flight disruptions likely.

Spain - Severe weather forecast across much of Spain through at least May 26. Possible transport, business, and utility disruptions.

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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

The Life and Times of a Travel Manager: Career Reflections and the Evolving Role
June 21
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

GBTA Convention 2023
Aug 13 - 15

GBTA APAC Conference 2023 - Singapore
September 19 - 20

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Do you know of, or have you been working with a GBTA volunteer who has gone above to support GBTA and the business travel industry? If you have answered yes then please submit a nomination today.

GBTA volunteers are at the heart of how we make things happen in the association and for the industry. From committee participants to convention ambassadors and more, GBTA members graciously dedicate their time, efforts and expertise for the betterment of all. It’s time to recognize them for their contributions. Learn More

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