August 2, 2023

News to Know

Building a Pipeline for Gender Diversity in Travel

With employees from across the world, executives at TravelPerk long understood the value of encouraging different perspectives on their teams.

But the Barcelona-based travel management platform found it difficult to increase diversity in some functions, particularly finding women to fill spots on the software engineering teams. After trying many different tactics, they landed on an approach that seemed almost too audacious to try.

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Major US Airline Makes Strict Change Affecting All Its Passengers (THE STREET)

Air Traffic Controllers Shortage Dents Airlines’ Post-Lockdown Recovery (FINANCIAL TIMES)

Strong Demand, Low Fares: Airlines Struggle to Balance Earnings (BUSINESS TRAVEL USA)


Amount Spent on Hotel Reservations 50% Up from Q2 2022 and 27% Up from Q1 2023 (HOTEL NEWS SOURCE)


Uber Aims to Be Wider Travel App as It Turns First Profit (BBC)


GBTA Report Looks at Challenges, Successes Facing Travel Buyers (HOTEL NEWS SOURCE)

EaseMyTrip to Acquire Three Indian Travel Companies (SKIFT)

B.C. Business Travel Returning but Below Pre-Pandemic Level (BIV)


Industry Spotlight

Sustainable Travel Management
Why Enroll in the New Sustainability Course?

Course Dates: September 18, 25, October 3, 9

Business travel is valuable to corporations that want to drive business outcomes and to the global economy. However, in order to remain competitive and up to date with the current environmental and social contexts, you must operate more responsibly. Companies around the world are now examining their business travel practices as a lever to reduce overall emissions. What does this mean in practice? How can your travel programs contribute to the effort? A new course by the GBTA Academy offers you practical training to minimize the climate impact of your business travel program.

By taking this course, you will earn a Certificate of Completion, and GTP holders will earn 10 GTP® Recertification credits.

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GBTA Elections

The GBTA Board of Directors election is underway. Don’t miss your chance to influence the direction of GBTA by selecting its newest leaders. Your vote matters -- please participate and help us shape the future of GBTA.

The GBTA Board of Directors serves as the governing body of the Association and is responsible for establishing its focus and direction. Board Members spend time deliberating on matters and policies related to the Association’s programs and services. Their opinions and experience provide needed input into shaping the strategic goals for GBTA. Serving on the Board is a chance for our industry’s leaders to make a long-term positive impact on our profession.

The open Board positions in the 2023 Election are:

The 2023 elections will be conducted online through a third-party service. Online voting is open through Friday, August 11 at 5:00 PM EST. Results of the elections will be announced on Tuesday, August 15 at GBTA Convention 2023. Active "Voting" GBTA members (Direct and Allied) are eligible to vote on ALL elected positions.

If you have not received your voting email or have questions about the online voting process, contact Shane Downey at [email protected] or Election Services Corp. by email at [email protected] or call toll-free +1 866 720 HELP (4357).

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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