September 20, 2023

News to Know

Google Rolls out a Major Expansion of Its Bard AI Chatbot

The company on Tuesday announced a series of updates to Bard that will give the chatbot access to Google’s full suite of tools — including YouTube, Google Drive, Google Flights and others — to assist users in a wider variety of tasks. Users will be able, for example, to ask Bard to plan an upcoming trip, complete with real flight options. Or a user could ask the tool to summarize meeting notes made in a recent Google Drive document.

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High Fuel Costs Challenge Airline Profits After Busy Summer (OILPRICE.COM)

Qantas Clears the Runway for Turkish Airlines Flights (CANBERRA TIMES)

Why Are Airlines so Eager for a Piece of TAP Air Portugal? (AIRLINE WEEKLY)

ARC Implements Avianca NDC into Direct Connect (BTN, GBTA FEATURED)


American, Canadian Hotel Orgs. Prep JV to Bring Green Stay to U.S. (BTN)

Why Business Travel Needs to Go Green… by Rail (RAIL MAGAZINE)


The World's 50 Best Hotels Were Just Announced (4HOTELIERS)


How Business Travel Analytics Helps Make Smarter Decisions (G2)

EaseMyTrip Launches Corporate Travel Division (THE HINDU BUSINESS LINE)

Industry Spotlight

GBTA WINiT Summit 2023
Register Today for GBTA WINiT Summit 2023

Don't miss out on this year's GBTA Summit on October 26 in New York. Attend this half-day event for a chance to meet and network with business travel professionals to change and bring forth positive impact on the lives and career of women in travel-related industries.

Registration: $299.00 USD for all attendees.



GBTA + VDR Europe Conference 2023 – Hamburg
Building a Sense of Community in Hamburg

November 14 - 16

GBTA + VDR Europe Conference 2023 – Hamburg will bring people together, fostering a sense of community and belonging. Sharing common interests, goals, and experiences with like-minded individuals helps to create a supportive and collaborative environment. This sense of community can lead to increased motivation, inspiration, and a support network that extends well beyond the event itself.

Register by Thursday 28 September and save with our lowest available rates! We are taking the conference to Hamburg for the first time and we want you to be there so take advantage of these rates today and register now.

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If you’ve already registered, we’ll see you in Hamburg! For assistance, please email at [email protected].


Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Dominican Republic - Activists to stage two-day strike in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, Sept. 26-27.

Greece - Air traffic controllers to join civil servants strike, protests in Greece on Sept. 21. Multi-sector disruptions likely; clashes possible.

Vietnam - Elevated dengue fever activity reported in Hanoi, Vietnam, through September. Avoid mosquito bites.

Western, Central, and Southern Europe - Frequent disruptions due to winter weather likely across Scandinavia through April 2024. Take precautions.

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Upcoming Events

Sustainable Travel Management
September 25, October 3, 9

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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GBTA Career Spotlight
Accounts Receivable Coordinator
Alexandria, Virginia (Remote)

The AR Coordinator is a member of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) finance department. This position requires 2-5 years of accounting experience with excellent communication skills, organizational skills, and will be responsible for coordinating all Billing, A/R, and collection needs.

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