September 19, 2023

Check In with Suzanne

A Salute to Singapore and All Eyes on Asia-Pacific

Today’s Check-In finds us LIVE in Singapore for the much-anticipated GBTA APAC Conference 2023! I’m happy to report that we have a sold-out event with more than 400 GBTA delegates. We also have the added bonus of co-locating our event this year with Worldwide ERC – the Workforce Mobility Association – where our aggregate total of 600+ attendees benefit from relevant main stages, education sessions, networking, and conversations with 30 exhibitors through tomorrow. Business travel is now intersecting with workforce mobility like never before in APAC – and we are happy to bring the two disciplines together into a single event and joint expo.

And all eyes are back on APAC. During our opening session today, I presented forecasts and trends for APAC taken from our 2023 GBTA Business Travel Index (BTI) Outlook. APAC continues to lead all other regions in market share – ending 2022 at 39% of overall business travel spend. Thus, it’s a critical region for business travel – and one GBTA is proud to be investing in to promote community, learning and advocacy. (Soon we’ll share these APAC-specific takeaways in our regular GBTA news outlets. Hint: Our GBTA research shows a varied pace of return and growth in APAC for business travel based on country-by-country economic factors and circumstances.)

In addition to regional deep-dives, we’re also looking at unique sectors within our industry. We’re gearing up for next month’s second annual GBTA Project, Crew and Team Travel Summit 2023, October 10-11 in New Orleans. The PCTT Summit focuses on non-traditional business travel and its unique challenges and opportunities. The full-day event features successful use cases, solution challenges, a hands-on workshop and a technology expert panel, culminating in attendees creating actionable business approaches. (Find out more and register here.)

There’s also a lot unfolding now within our advocacy spheres, specifically related to EU policy and US government action. If you don’t already get our European Advocacy or US-focused GBTA Politics of Travel newsletter – just click on the links to subscribe.

Safe travels, everyone!


FAA Further Extends NYC Slot Waiver to 2024 (BTN)

Qatar Wins Four Business Traveller Awards (AIRLINE RATINGS)


Buyers Consider Changes to Mitigate 2024 Hotel Rate Hikes (BTN)

Meliá Estimates Business Trips Will Equal Historical Results of 2019 in Last Quarter of the Year (HOSPITALITY NET)


Measuring the Success of Net Zero (AIRLINES)

Calif. Law Would Require Thousands of Firms to Report on Business Travel Emissions (AIRLINES, MAY REQUIRE SUBSCRIPTION)


UK Government to Increase the Cost of Visas from October (BTN EUROPE)

Growth of OTAs, Superapps: Trends Low-Cost Airlines Have to Watch, Says Ashmore Butler (WEB IN TRAVEL)

China Outbound Travel May Take Another Year to Fully Recover (BNN BLOOMBERG)

Industry Spotlight

GBTA Ladders
Building the Next Generation of Business Travel Professionals

Engaging the Workforce of the Future

As a part of the GBTA Foundation's People Pillar, the Ladders program provides the emerging business travel professional a unique and inspiring opportunity to learn from leading industry expert mentors in a competition-based team environment.

Now Recruiting for Ladders Season 10

The deadline for interested mentees to apply to be a part of Season 10 is 30 September 2023.

The Season 9 Cohort hosted representatives from 13 countries worldwide. Ladders is hoping to expand even further in Season 10 to include ideas and innovation from our global membership.

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Professional Development
The Fundamentals of Business Travel Management™

October 6 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Deadline to Register is September 30

Designed as a comprehensive guide to the key areas of managed travel, GBTA’s Fundamentals curriculum includes a full range of topics including safety, policy, trends, performance, and more. Participants in this course gain a better understanding of business travel management and make themselves indispensable to the business travel needs of their organization. Please note this is a virtual event. GTP holders will earn 14 GTP® Recertification credits.

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Argentina - Unionized labor activists plan rally in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sept. 19 in support of tax reforms. Tight security, disruptions likely

France - Taxi drivers to strike and protest in Marseille, France, Sept. 23, during the Pope's visit. Traffic disruptions likely.

South Africa - Minibus taxi protests ongoing at intersection of Perth Road, Portland Avenue in Westdene, Johannesburg, South Africa, Sept. 19. Avoid area.

United States - Heightened security, transport disruptions, protests likely in New York, N.Y., US, Sept. 18-26, due to the United Nations General Assembly.

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Upcoming Events

Sustainable Travel Management
September 18, 25, October 3, 9

GBTA APAC Conference 2023 - Singapore
September 19 - 20

Power Panel: Women in Travel Leadership from STEM and Financial Backgrounds
September 20

GBTA Conference 2023 Milano
October 5

Advanced Priniciples of Business Travel Management
October 5, 12, 19, 26

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

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Join GBTA WINiT for a Power Panel on Women in Travel Leadership on September 20th

Hansini Sharma, Travel Practice Lead at Acquis, hosts an all-female panel featuring three women in travel leadership from STEM and financial backgrounds. Together they will discuss how their experiences outside of the travel industry have allowed them to follow their own unique career trajectories into the business travel industry.

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Alexandria, Virginia (Remote)

The Marketing Manager will support the newly relaunched GBTA Foundation to (1) maximize the impact and reach of its work by generating interest and engagement (registration, downloads, etc.) for Foundation events, resources, and programs to a large global audience and (2) generate visibility and engagement with corporate sponsors and donors, to support the Foundation’s fundraising efforts.

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