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October 5, 2023

Making Sustainable Business Travel a Reality: A Look at EU Initiatives and GBTA's Impact

EU leaders are in a race against time to push through new reforms aimed at greening the economy, ahead of the European Parliament elections scheduled for June 2024. The ambitious “European Green Deal” presented as one of the main priorities of the current Commission is set to become President Ursula von der Leyen’s most enduring legacy. The stream of measures adopted in Brussels will impact almost every industry in Europe, with repercussions around the globe. Travel has been one of the most widely affected sectors.

GBTA has been closely monitoring new rules in the making and engaged with policymakers the business travel sector and contribute to the design of efficient policies. Specifically, we closely followed the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), introducing new disclosure rules on climate risks; CountEmissionsEU, which would create a harmonised methodology to calculate greenhouse gas emissions of transport services; and the upcoming Multimodal Digital Mobility Services (MDMS) regulation, intended to make it easier to ticket and book trips that connect air and rail services.

Read more about GBTA’s advocacy efforts for more sustainable travel options here.


IATA: August Air Demand Near Pre-Pandemic Levels (BTN)

Korean Air Announces Worldwide Winter Network Expansion (SIMPLE FLYING)

Gatwick Extends Flight Cap Until 15 October (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)


European Airline SAS Tanks 95% After Restructuring Deal (CNBC)

Explainer: Reporting on Business Travel Emissions (THE COMPANY DIME)


Rail Strike Brings More Travel Misery for Passengers (INDEPENDENT)


Now Trending at Hotels: Sleep, Wellness and "Bleisure" (AXIOS)


U.S. Travel: Lost Business Trips Costing $52B in Impact (BTN)

Industry Spotlight

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GBTA Foundation
GBTA Foundation Reveals 2023 WINiT Top 50

The GBTA Foundation, the charitable arm of GBTA, has selected the 2023 The WINiT Top 50, a recognition to celebrate the achievement of women who lead, inspire and motivate within the global business travel industry.

The GBTA Foundation received award nominations from June 1 through August 31, which were then reviewed by the Foundation’s Selection Committee. The WINiT Top 50 are divided into the following categories and criteria:

  • Women Innovating the Way We Travel, honoring the visionaries and those who inspire others to join their efforts;
  • Global Leaders with Global Impact, recognizing a leader who has made a significant impact on a global scale;
  • Rising Female Leaders, celebrating early career professionals who are high-performing future leaders;
  • FollowHer: Legends and Mentors, recognizing an exemplary leader who is committed to advancing women in the industry.

This year’s winners hold positions ranging from entry level to the C-Suite across 32 companies, and are based all over the world including the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Ukraine, Australia, Singapore, India and Uruguay. For a full list of the WINiT Top 50, click here.

An additional 12 Pinnacle and Leadership Awards will also be announced at the GBTA WINiT Gala on Thursday, October 26, 2023, 6:30-9:30 PM EST, at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Gala follows the WINiT Summit, which brings together professionals to positively change the careers and lives of women in travel-related industries.

“Our theme for the WINiT Summit and Gala this year is Bold Women, Bold Voices, making Brooklyn a perfect setting as the hometown to so many history making women,” said Delphine Millot, Managing Director of the GBTA Foundation. “We look forward to celebrating the women who have made outstanding contributions to our industry through their leadership, innovation and determination.”

WINiT helps women move forward in their careers in the travel industry by offering programming geared toward their advancement.

For more information and to register for the WINiT Awards Ceremony and Gala, click here. To learn more about the WINiT Summit, click here.



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 west-northwestward across far southern Taiwan early Oct. 5. Various warnings issued regionwide.

Belgium - Unionized public transport workers to strike, protest nationwide in Belgium Oct. 5; march planned in central Brussels from 10:00.

Italy - Unionized taxi drivers plan to strike across Italy Oct. 10. Increased demand for alternative transport likely. Associated protests possible

United States - Service disruptions likely after healthcare workers start 72-hour strike in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington State, US, Oct. 4.

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Upcoming Events

GBTA Conference 2023 Milano

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
Today, October 12, 19, 26

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

GBTA Conference 2024 - Mexico City
April 3 - 4

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Join Our Upcoming Webinar: The Evolution of Ground Transportation for Business Travel

📅 Date: October 11, 2023
⏰ Time: 8:00 AM ET / 2:00 PM CET

We're thrilled to invite you to our upcoming webinar @FREENOW for Business, The Evolution of Ground Transportation for Business Travel, where we'll dive deep into the perspectives of European business travelers and travel managers on the evolution of ground transportation.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to expand your knowledge. Register now.

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GBTA Career Spotlight

Regional Manager, Mexico –
Mexico City, Federal District (Remote)

The Regional Manager, Mexico is a vital role to provide strategic and operational support to the LATAM team in Mexico while coordinating with colleagues in the US, to provide excellent level of support.

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