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May 30, 2023

Check-In with Suzanne

Opportunity, Inspiration and a Mid-Year Glimpse into the Future

This week as we round the corner into June, we find ourselves approaching the halfway mark for 2023. Like many of you, I can't help wondering: "My, how time is flying!"

This time of year typically marks the cusp of a seasonal and mental shift, especially in the Northern hemisphere. Traditionally, we would see a bit of a lull in business travel as leisure travel takes the spotlight with summer vacations and time away for play. But at GBTA and across our members and industry, business and meetings travel continues at full steam ahead. It's also the beginning of what is shaping up to be a hot conference and events season, demonstrating the undeniable need and value of both in-person business and human connection.

We are two weeks away from our 2023 GBTA Sustainability Summit and U.S. Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. Just in are the early research results from a major report underway from the GBTA Foundation's "Planet" division: "The State of Climate Change in Global Business Travel." We'll be unveiling the compelling results and insights at the Sustainability Summit. If you're involved in, putting together a sustainability program, or care about a greener future for business travel, this event is not to be missed. (You can register here.)

The 2023 GBTA Convention is also shaping up to be another exceptional gathering of the global business travel community – travel buyer, exhibitor and overall attendance registration is pacing well ahead of last year. We look forward to sharing more attendee details as the event gets closer.

And even though we've created a more compact Sunday-to-Tuesday format, the Expo floor at Convention will be "open for business" with 10 hours of exhibit time just like last year. We'll be kicking off in true Dallas-style on Sunday with the Welcome Reception on the Expo floor. Here's a look at what more – and what's new – that you can expect:

  • Four captivating Main Stage sessions and 90+ Education sessions
  • An expanded Connect First program for new and returning industry professionals
  • A new Destination Pavilion for exploring great cities and locales for meetings
  • And the return of the Sustainability Pavilion, which will move to the heart of the Expo as our industry continues to put climate action at the forefront

Are you making plans to head to Dallas? Be sure to plan to stay through Tuesday end of day, August 15th, for the final Expo and Main Stage sessions plus the ever-popular sponsor events happening Tuesday evening. (Wednesday morning flights will be plentiful!) GBTA Convention is the place where inspiration meets opportunity – don't miss out on one minute of either!



Let’sfly Sets up HQ in Singapore to “Go Deep” into Low Cost Airline Content (WEB IN TRAVEL)

Brussels Airlines Upgrades Business Class Menu, Extends Partnership with Neuhaus (AERO TIME)

Air New Zealand to Check Passenger Weights (AIRLINE RATINGS)


Vietnam Airlines Completes SkyTeam Sustainable Flight Challenge (SIMPLE FLYING)

Qantas Sets Up World's Largest Aviation Climate Fund (SIMPLE FLYING)


Quest Apartment Hotels Expands Partnership with Amadeus to Include Business Intelligence (TRAVEL DAILY MEDIA)


India Daily: Cleartrip Rebuilds Booking Tool for Travel Agents (SKIFT)

Up in the Air: What the Future of Business Travel Will Look Like (KARRYON)

The New Rules for Business Travel to China (WALL STREET JOURNAL, MAY REQUIRE SUBSCRIPTION)

Industry Spotlight


GBTA + VDR Europe Conference 2023
Hamburg in November:
It’s the Place to Be

November 14 - 16

It’s the place where community, learning, advocacy and more come together for the business travel industry. The place to build long-term connections, benefit from peer-to-peer education, and advocate for what matters most. The place to celebrate those who give back to the industry and association. It’s the place where the many voices from across the Europe region and around the world join for the one purpose of shaping the future of the industry.

Register today for this important gathering of the European business travel industry community and be a part of the journey.


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


GBTA Sustainability Summit
“Great Content and Great Connection”

June 13 | Washington, D.C.

Great content and great connections all in one place! I found the GBTA Sustainability Summit invaluable for keeping up to date on the latest sustainable business travel conversations. If you are figuring out how to spend your 2023 carbon budget, GBTA’s Sustainability Summit in Washington, D.C. should definitely be a priority.” - Olivia Ruggles-Brise, Vice President, Sustainability, BCD Travel

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GBTA Convention 2023 Exhibitors

Booth 3137
Booth 1401
Employee Travel Specials
Booth 1309
Booth 1317
EVA Airways
Booth 2209
Booth 3113

See All GBTA Convention 2023 Exhibitors


Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Argentina - Public transport workers to stage nationwide strike in Argentina May 30. Transport disruptions likely; protests and clashes possible.

El Salvador - Increased volcanic activity at San Miguel Volcano in El Salvador as of early May 29. Possible health concerns and traffic disruptions.

Japan, Philippines and Taiwan - Typhoon Mawar tracking northwestward in the Philippine Sea May 30. Close approach to Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, June 1-3.

Russia - Drone strikes and explosions reported in Moscow, Russia, early May 30. Emergency response ongoing.

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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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We're having a strategic conversation among industry leaders and policymakers to outline concrete solutions to manage the environmental impact of business travel. Join us at the Sustainability Summit on June 13 in Washington, D.C.

Video: Suzanne Neufang at the first GBTA Sustainability Summit in Brussels

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