July 31, 2023

New GBTA Podcast

The Path Forward for NDC: Implementation and Impact Across the Industry Ecosystem

New Distribution Capability (NDC) has been around for over a decade in the travel industry – so where does the industry stand now on NDC and what’s next? In this new GBTA podcast, industry experts discuss how NDC has been impacting various industry sectors, the challenges and upsides of execution, and what the future of NDC may look like.

Rita Visser, Director of Global Sourcing & GPO, Oracle, moderates an expert line-up: Fred Fredericks, Senior Vice President / Chief Product Officer and head of Engineering at SAP Concur; Jeff Klee, CEO of AmTrav; and Graham Wareham, head of Airline Strategy and Partnerships at ATPCO.

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NDC will also be a hot topic at the GBTA Convention with several sessions and panels on the agenda:

  • Monday, August 14:
    The Paradox of Choice: Why Innovation is Disrupting Travel Policies and How to Adapt | Learn about new technologies like NDC, how they may support greater adherence to travel policies and what aspects to consider when evaluating a new travel policy.
  • Tuesday, August 15:
    Air Distri-CONFUSION? Distribution Strategies for Today and the Future Landscape | Gain an understanding of airline distribution and the related terminology. Learn about airline distribution strategies and travel program integration options. Presented by the GBTA Aviation Committee.

    C-Suite Conversation on NDC – From Turbulence to Transformation | Take a seat around the board table as top industry executives discuss how the roll-out of NDC is impacting their brands, products, customers, and the travel ecosystem at large.

    Taking NDC from Theory into Practice | Explore the current state of NDC readiness in OBTs and pros and cons of incorporating it into your program. Understand NDC’s impact on airline partnerships and realize its potential through the lens of a real-world pilot.

Visit the GBTA Convention website for more education session details. And check out here “Preparing for the New World of Airline Retailing,” GBTA’s first podcast in 2023 on the topic of NDC.


Airlines Rejoice as Hong Kong-Japan Travel Spikes to 90% of Pre-Pandemic Levels (SIMPLE FLYING)


Hotels in India Rush to Capture ‘Premium’ Demand (SKIFT)


United, JetBlue Further Investments in Sustainability (PHOCUSWIRE)

Hospitality That Benefits People and the Planet (HOSPITALITY TODAY)

Air China Successfully Completes SAF Powered Flight (BIOFUELS NEWS)


Business Travel Is on the Way Back, Journey Purpose Is Key (HOSPITALITY AND CATERING NEWS)

Amadeus Sees ‘Continued Strengthening’ in Travel Bookings (BTN EUROPE)

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GBTA + VDR Europe Conference 2023 – Hamburg
Preview of The Diverse Range of Education in Hamburg

November 14 - 16

We are thrilled to present a sneak peek of the exciting education sessions planned for the upcoming GBTA + VDR Europe Conference 2023 – Hamburg:

  • How to Make Best Use of The Safety and Security Elements of The GBTA Hotel RFP Template
    The session is aimed at anyone who has responsibility for sending out or reviewing an RFP for Accommodation for their organization.
  • Unexpected Lessons that We've Learned From Travel Data
    In this exciting session, we'll explore several unexpected lessons that we've learned from years of analyzing travel data across different industries.
  • Traveler Wellbeing - The Missing Metric – What Do You Do With This Data?
    Join experts on the subject to get a deep understanding of how traveler wellbeing differs from safety and security and why it’s so important.

The above sessions are just a preview of the diverse range of education sessions that will be offered in Hamburg. Stay tuned for the complete conference agenda. Learn More.

GBTA Foundation
GBTA Foundation Spotlights People and Planet in New Website

Since reimagining the GBTA Foundation as the 501(c)3 charitable arm of GBTA in July 2022, we have been working hard to share and magnify its vision and purpose as well as showcase the impact of the organization.

To help make its mission, programs and resources more accessible, the Foundation has launched a newly redesigned website to provide you with more information, inspiration and a user-friendly experience.

Here’s a few website highlights to help you navigate the best of what the Foundation has to offer:

  • Learn more about the two core pillars of the Foundation: People and Planet
  • Find the latest Foundation-related research and educational tools under Publications
  • Explore how your company can work with the Foundation to drive positive change through Corporate Support

At the GBTA Convention in Dallas, August 13-15, stop by the GBTA Sustainability booth to learn more about the Foundation’s work to champion climate action in business travel. Plus, visit the Dream Kiosk and share your dream for the future of the business travel industry.

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan - Typhoon Khanun tracking northwestward in the Philippine Sea as of early July 31. Close approach to Okinawa, Japan, likely early Aug. 2.

Nepal - Flight disruptions ongoing at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, as of July 28 due to server outage; confirm flights.

United Kingdom - Unionized train drivers in the UK to suspend non-contractual overtime work July 31-Aug. 5. Rail disruptions likely.

United Kingdom - Airport ground staff union strikes planned for July 28-Aug. 1 canceled at London Gatwick Airport, UK; Aug. 4-8 strikes partially canceled.

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Upcoming Events

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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GBTA Convention 2023 is coming fast, and the next edition of the Politics of Travel is live!

Hear from Shane Downey to learn more about Global Entry at Convention, ETIAS, and more.

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