June 27, 2023

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Creating Impact Through Action for Business Travel

Earlier this month in Washington, DC, two GBTA events took place in tandem, each representing a vital aspect of the business travel industry. While the GBTA Sustainability Summit and the U.S. Legislative Summit focused on different objectives, both shared a universal mission – to create impact through action.

Both Summits brought together dedicated GBTA members, partners, and stakeholders committed to addressing our industry's challenges and opportunities. Attendees had the chance to explore actionable solutions and contribute to long-term positive change.

Notable speakers, including Carol "Annie" Petsonk from the U.S. Department of Transportation, provided invaluable takeaways on sustainability and climate action. (Hint, the journey didn’t start yesterday.) On the legislative front, we had the honor of visiting the offices of more than a hundred U.S. Senators and Representatives, who listened to GBTA's views via members of their own constituencies. And a few dozen attendees benefited from participating in both events, gaining a double-bonus experience. We extend our gratitude to all attendees and sponsors who supported GBTA and our industry with their voices and presence.

The countdown to Convention 2023 has begun, and we're gearing up for a great event in Dallas, August 13-15. The TED-talk style main stage-in-the-round will again feature top experts, leading voices, and industry insights. Plan your trip to take advantage of everything Convention has to offer – the first Main Stage kicks off on Sunday afternoon and events go through Tuesday evening.

For those interested in being part of the business travel wave in the APAC region, mark your calendars to attend the GBTA APAC Conference in Singapore, September 19-20, co-located with the Worldwide ERC Global Mobility Summit. Enthusiastic and engaged regional buyers have already shown strong interest, and we'll soon announce a new APAC Advisory Board, highlighting GBTA's commitment to serving the region.

This Thursday, GBTA will hold its Global Elections Board of Directors Candidate Forum. Hear directly from the candidates vying for one of five Board seats up for election this year. (Check out the candidates here and register to attend.) Voting by GBTA members takes place July 19-August 11. And on July 25th, GBTA will hold its Annual Business Meeting virtually where we’ll review 2022 and the state of the association, as well as key milestones and what's ahead. (Sign up to attend.)



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Industry Spotlight


GBTA Ladders
GBTA Ladders Mentorship Program Drives Industry Transformation

The GBTA Ladders - Season 9 brought together the best industry talent for mentorship, education and connection to inspire and shape next-generation industry leaders. After months of relentless research, collaboration and ideation, the program culminated at the GBTA Ladders Summit in New Orleans, LA, where the four finalist teams presented their vision for business travel. This year, the Ladders program overall had a total of 18 teams comprised of 170 program participants across 16 countries. Ladders participants onsite selected the winning team live at the Summit.

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GBTA + VDR Europe Conference 2023
Register by 29 June and Save on Registrations

14 – 16 November | Hamburg

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.

Register soon for Europe’s largest business travel event before rates increase!


GBTA Convention 2023 Exhibitors

Synergy Global
Booth 617
Booth 2246
Booth 3517
Booth 847
Booth 901
The Guild
Booth 2013

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Papua New Guinea - Further disruptions to Air Niugini flights likely across Papua New Guinea as of July 27 due to technical issues. Confirm reservations.

South Africa - Further service delivery and anti-foreigner protests possible in Diepsloot, Johannesburg, through early July. Possible disruptions to N14.

Sweden - Unionized workers at Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmo airports in Sweden to strike on multiple days July 3-14. Disruptions likely.

United States - Severe weather forecast across parts of the central US through early June 28. Tornadoes, flooding, and associated disruptions possible.

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Upcoming Events

Board of Directors Candidate Forum 2023
Tomorrow, June 29
11:00 EDT | 17:00 CEST

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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Sign up now for the GBTA | Global Business Travel Association Annual Business Meeting

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

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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.

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