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October 4, 2023

News to Know

Paradigm Shift in Airport Traffic

The top 50 ranking of the busiest airports by outbound international passenger traffic released by travel analytics firm ForwardKeys paints a dramatic picture compared to the pre-pandemic era.

What differs substantially from that of 2019 is the significant movement among European and MENA airports.

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London Heathrow Trials Pre-Booked Security Slots (BTN EUROPE)

Japan Airlines’ Big Updates to Business and First Class for the A350-1000 (SKIFT)

Airlines' Hand Luggage Fees Could Be Banned Thanks to an Upcoming EU Vote (EURO NEWS)

Uber for Business and JetBlue Team Up to Help Customers Experiencing Major Flight Disruptions (GLOBAL NEWS WIRE)


Google, Expedia, Travelport and Wego on AI Risks, Opportunities (PHOCUSWIRE)

GBTA Projects Business Travel Spend Upsurge in Asia (THE BEAT)

Skift Global Forum Video: How Tech Can Unlock the Promise of Travel (SKIFT)

Tripbam and Emburse Unveil First Collaborative Capabilities (BTN EUROPE)


Industry Spotlight

GBTA Convention 2024
Call for Proposals Is Now Open

Deadline for Submission: December 15, 2023

GBTA is seeking industry professionals to contribute new ideas, solutions, and innovations for current issues and challenges that confront the travel industry. Committed to incorporating diverse perspectives with each session and across the entirety of GBTA Convention, we empower you to submit content topics that will be timely and most useful to travel professionals as the business travel industry’s landscape continues to evolve and restore. With your unique perspective and insight, we can continue to deliver the best education on the topics most relevant to business travel.

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GBTA Project, Crew and Team Travel Summit 2023

October 11

Join us at the GBTA Project, Crew and Team Travel Summit 2023 on Wednesday, October 11. This full-day program will explore the different industries that work within complex travel ecosystems, leveraging the combined knowledge of the travel buyer & supplier alike.

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Asia - Typhoon Koinu tracking northwestward in the Philippine Sea early Oct. 4. Landfall likely over far southern Taiwan early Oct. 5.

United Kingdom - Unionized rail workers in the UK to strike nationwide Oct. 4. Rail service disruptions likely.

United Kingdom - Flight cancelations at London Gatwick Airport, UK, to continue through mid-October, due to staff shortages. Reconfirm flights.

United States - Unionized auto workers maintain strike across 20 US states as of Oct. 3. Protests, business disruptions possible.

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Upcoming Events

GBTA Conference 2023 Milano
Tomorrow, October 5

Sustainable Travel Management
October 9

GBTA Project, Crew and Team Summit
October 11

GBTA Southern Africa Conference 2023
October 25

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

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

GBTA Conference 2024 - Mexico City
April 3 - 4

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In the debut episode of "GBT-AI," host Kevin Fliess, CMO, GBTA, gathers AI and business travel experts: Tom Allen (CEO, The AI Journal), Sam Hilgendorf (CIO, Fox World Travel), and Matt Orrego (CEO, Cornerstone Information Systems). They delve into the transformative role of AI in business travel. Don't miss this foundational discussion on generative AI and its potential to revolutionize the industry. Tune in for more insights in future episodes. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify to hear it first!

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GBTA Career Spotlight

Membership Engagement Specialist
Alexandria, Virginia (Remote)

This role will work closely with the membership operations specialist and marketing departments for development and distribution of communication plan to enhance and increase member participation.

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