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June 13, 2023

Check-In with Suzanne

The Power of Energy, Innovation, the Collective Voice of Business Travel

Last week, I got to feel first-hand the energy of Silicon Valley’s innovation heartbeat at Plug and Play’s Silicon Valley Summit, where a few thousand companies, from startups to Fortune 500 level, intersected to bring innovation and new ideas to life for their customers, products and communities across many sectors. And while leisure travel often takes center stage, this event’s travel sector participants got to dive into the state of business travel recovery through my keynote full of GBTA insights and data. (Thanks to YOU for answering our regular polling and research questions!)

Of course, business and leisure travel are tightly linked. Still, I was happy to see, amongst those featured, travel startups like BTP Automation and Arise focusing on business travel-specific problems.  Our industry has a history of benefitting from startup energy as old problems get solved or evolve – and many that start by focusing on leisure find even more value when they pivot to business travel’s complexities. More ideas are welcome!

This week, we are set for more energy and innovation at two important, in-person meet-ups in Washington, D.C.: GBTA’s own 2nd global Sustainability Summit, taking place today and our annual US Legislative Summit that follows. Our underlying pillars of community, learning and advocacy come to life through these two events, where policy, innovation, governance and action take center stage. At our Sustainability Summit I will be unveiling onstage our latest landmark “state of the industry” study on climate action and business travel. On Thursday, the week culminates with Legislative Summit participants walking Capitol Hill to meet with US legislators in Congress about the issues that matter most to our industry and community. True examples of putting GBTA’s collective “voices” to work.

Finally – although it might seem a long time ago, a reminder that we’ve just passed the first anniversary of GBTA’s helping to remove the negative testing requirement for international in-bound travelers to the US. A lot has happened in the past year, even if we humans seem to quickly move on to new challenges and opportunities. But I think it’s worth a moment’s pause to celebrate all that GBTA works for and accomplishes to help this industry to sustainably grow and prosper. Thanks for your help in making all our efforts so effective.

See you soon on the road,


US Senate Commerce Committee Introduces $107 Billion Aviation Policy Bill (SIMPLE FLYING)

Automated Aircraft Inspections Will Soon Be Commonplace For Airlines (FORBES)

'More Systems, More Problems': Experts Weigh in on Aviation Safety After Asiana Airlines Incident (CHANNEL NEWS ASIA)


Rise of the Hotel Optimist (COSTAR)

Most Favored Hotel Direct Booking Benefits: An Analysis of Guest Preferences from the US, UK, Germany, And France (GUEST RADAR)


Sustainable Aviation Fuels Production Set for Growth but Needs Policy Support to Diversify Sources (4HOTELIERS)


Easier Visas Lead to Tourism Growth and Increased GDP (4HOTELIERS)

Safe Travels: How to Avoid Risk on Short Business Trips (FORBES)

Saudi Announces New Instant E-Visa Options for Visitors (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Exploring the Latest Developments in Expense Management for Enterprise Companies (PUBLICIST PAPER)

Industry Spotlight


GBTA Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, July 25
11:00 EDT | 17:00 CEST

As required by New York State law, we are notifying GBTA members of the Global Business Travel Association’s 2023 Annual Business Meeting, to be held virtually on Thursday, July 25 - 11:00 EDT | 17:00 CEST



GBTA APAC Conference 2023 – Singapore
Registration Is Now Open

Secure Your Spot Early and Save - Rates Increase After June 29!

GBTA APAC Conference 2023 is coming to Singapore! The conference will take place on September 19 - 20 at the Shangri-La Hotel, bringing together the business travel community to network, learn from industry experts and benefit from peer-to-peer education.

For the first time, this event will be co-located with the Worldwide ERC® APAC Regional Summit Singapore - offering all delegates the valuable opportunity to benefit from learning and networking opportunities provided by both organizations.


For more information, click here.

GBTA Convention 2023 Exhibitors

MCR Hotels
Booth 3109
Melia Hotels
Booth 1301
Mesh Payments
Booth 2109
Millennium Hotels
and Resorts
Booth 3209
Mint House
Booth 2032
Mundi Limos
Booth 2908

See All GBTA Convention 2023 Exhibitors


Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Brazil - Public metro workers plan strike in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 13. Transport disruptions and associated protests likely.

Morocco - Taxi drivers plan to protest in Tangier, Morocco, June 13. Increased security, localized transport disruptions likely.

United Kingdom - Police announce additional road closures across Nottingham, UK, due to unspecified incident the morning of June 13. Exercise caution.

Western, Central, and Southern Europe - German officials to restrict airspace through June 23 due to military exercise; European flight disruptions possible. Reconfirm flights.

More Information

Upcoming Events

GBTA Sustainability Summit
Today, 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

GBTA + VDR Europe Conference 2023 – Hamburg
November 14 - 16

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The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the vital role of the corporate travel manager. While company leaders and stakeholders gained newfound appreciation for travel managers, there has been little examination or reflection about who travel managers are and how they themselves view their role.

Join this webinar to learn how travel managers feel about their role and several related key topics including compensation, demographics, structure, and career reflections. Sign Up Today

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