View it in your browser
Don’t miss out! Voting for the GBTA Board of Directors ends on June 25.
  View more info here.
June 11, 2024

Check-in with Suzanne

Championing the Uniqueness, Value and Impact of Business Travel

Many times when GBTA is speaking or meeting with legislators and policymakers – whether in the U.S., EU or Canada – we find they may not have a dimensional understanding of business travel in terms of what it is, how it works and how it’s different. They may lump it together with leisure or tourism travel, not recognizing the nuances of managed versus unmanaged travel, or perhaps they aren’t aware of the significant contributions business travel brings to their region.

Face-to-face connections, like the annual GBTA U.S. Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C., where I am this week, are important moments to educate and elevate our industry and profession to those who can bring about needed changes for business travel’s continued advancement. An event that had its origins in 2007, this Summit is unlike any other from GBTA.

Today, over 120 GBTA members and staffers in D.C. will hear takeaways from our just-launched report, the “GBTA U.S. Economic Impact Study: Business Travel’s Impact on Jobs and the U.S. Economy.” Takeaways from the U.S. frequently serve as leading indicators for other markets around the world. Summit participants will also focus on GBTA’s top U.S. policy priorities: passenger facilitation, promoting sustainable business travel investments, and modernizing travel infrastructure. Tomorrow, the group takes to Capitol Hill to meet with federal legislators and their senior staff to advocate for the future of business travel. Thank you to all who participate in this important act of advocacy and civics. (You can follow the action at #GBTALegislativeSummit2024.)

In association “civics,” if you are an active GBTA member, don’t forget that the 2024 Board of Directors election is underway – vote now before the June 25th deadline. Check your email for a unique link from “GBTA Elections” to cast your vote. The 2024 Elections page has all the candidate platforms and other important information to help make your vote is your “voice.” Results will be announced during the June 26th GBTA Annual Business Meeting.

And when it comes to face-to-face connection, the GBTA Convention is the biggest and best gathering of the global business travel community. We’re only a few weeks away from the 2024 Convention, July 22-24 in Atlanta. If you register to attend by tomorrow, June 12th, you can take advantage of the last available price break. See you soon in Atlanta!



New Airline Refund Policies to Take Effect This Summer. Here's What Is Changing (NBC CHICAGO)

UK Airports Told to Reimpose 100ml Liquids Rule (BTN EUROPE)

Airlines Are Preparing for Another Busy Summer. Are They Ready for It? (PRESS TELEGRAM)


Hyatt Enjoys ‘Robust’ Demand for European Business Travel and Meetings (BTN EUROPE)


World’s First In-Flight Study of Commercial Aircraft Using 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel Shows Significant Non-Co2 Emission Reductions (PAYLOAD)


Ahead of the Curve: Future-Proofing Travel Programs (PHOCUSWIRE)

Business Travel Comeback Pushes Global Spending Past $1.5 Trillion (FORBES, GBTA FEATURED)

Travel Chatbots Are Increasingly Popular Among Business Travelers (TOURISM REVIEW)

Industry Spotlight

GBTA Foundation
GBTA Foundation Announces Ladders Season 10 Winning Team

The GBTA Foundation, the charitable arm of the GBTA, announced Team Trusted Travel – or Team Robert (Winkler) as they are known to participants – as the Ladders Season 10 winners. Ladders is a unique mentoring and professional development experience that leverages collective talents to empower emerging industry leaders to connect and expand their careers through mentorship, education and collaboration.

Season 10’s theme is Radical Collaboration, with all teams tasked with creating an innovative idea to transform business travel within the context of innovative partnerships.

The winning idea presented by Team Trusted Travel is a solution that addresses the issues and challenges a traveler faces while managing travel documentation. The team imagined a platform called Pathfinder that offers personalized, real-time and verified documentation.

This season’s leaders, led by Ali Prejean Smith, Grace Morrisey and Lindsay Straub, recently held their Season 10 Summit in Chicago. Along with educational content and networking sessions, the four finalists presented their solutions for the Radical Collaboration challenge. Along with Team Trusted Travel, the following teams made up the final four:

  • Team Rita / Venture Voyagers – a community meant to serve as a gateway for startup companies in the business travel industry as a place for innovators, mentors and advisors.
  • Team Katie & Dan / Charting a Course for Inclusive Travel – a solution supporting neurodivergent travelers bringing together advocacy, a Neuro D Charter, partnerships and education.
  • Team Christiane / Fare Aware - a partnership that addresses the challenges of planning travel, meetings and events for participants with dietary restrictions, with a solution to search for restaurants that meet requirements.

Team Trusted Travel will be presenting their winning pitch at the 2024 GBTA Convention in Atlanta on Tuesday, July 23rd at 10:30 ET.

For more information about GBTA Foundation’s Ladders program, click here.

Seeking GBTA WINiT Mentors to Inspire Industry Leaders

Application Deadline: July 9

Are you passionate about sharing your knowledge and making a lasting impact? If you’re a member, become a GBTA WINiT Mentor to give back to the global business travel community by helping emerging leaders reach their full potential. As a mentor, you’ll help ignite the careers and lives of women in our industry, while building your leadership and communication skills. And you can participate from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection! Don’t miss this rewarding opportunity – submit your application by July 9.

Become a Mentee

Interested in becoming a WINiT Mentor?


Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Asia - Muslims in Asia to observe Eid al-Adha June 14-25. Travel delays, business disruptions likely; attacks possible in some areas.

Canada - Canadian border personnel postpone strike deadline to June 14 after mediated talks extended; cross-border transport disruptions possible.

France - Unionized ATC personnel cancel planned June 11-13 strike at Paris Orly Airport, France.

Norway - Unionized airport groundstaff threaten strike at multiple airports across Norway from 12:00 June 12; flight disruptions likely.

More Information

Upcoming Events

GBTA U.S. Legislative Summit 2024
Today - June 12

GBTA Annual Business Meeting
June 26

GBTA Convention 2024
July 22 - 24

GBTA +VDR Conference 2024 in Partnership with the Nordic Business Travel Associations | Copenhagen
November 4 - 6

View More Events

🔔 It’s your last chance to save on the premier hashtag#businesstravel event of the year!

The GBTA Convention 2024’s last price break ends on June 12th at 11:59 ET.

Have you registered?

View Post

GBTA Career Spotlight
Is Your Company Hiring?

Use the GBTA Career Center to post your business travel job openings and access thousands of qualified industry professionals looking to make their next career move.

Get Started
Facebook  LinkedIn  Youtube  GBTA Blog

Was this email forwarded to you? Please sign up to receive GBTA emails.
Not a member? Join today.

Advertise | Post a Job. | How can GBTA help solve your industry challenges?


Global Business Travel Association
107 S West St., Suite 762, Alexandria, VA 22314
tel: +1 703 684 0836 | web:

Copyright © 2024, All rights reserved.
Update your GBTA email preferences