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October 13, 2023

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How Technology Revolutionized The Travel Industry

Technology has revolutionized every aspect of our lives, including how we travel. Gone are the days of relying solely on travel agents and guidebooks to plan our trips. With the advent of high-speed internet and breakthroughs in technology, travelers now have the power to book their flights, hotels, and even stay in someone else’s home through platforms like Airbnb. This shift has given travelers more control and flexibility and disrupted the traditional travel industry.

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Taking Action: Potential U.S. Government Shutdown and Business Travel

Currently the U.S. Congress is in a "holding pattern" in reaching an agreement on 2024 government funding which has created the potential threat of a U.S. government shutdown. In September, Congress passed a continuing resolution that will keep agencies and programs operating through November 17th. In the event a budget agreement isn't reached by that date, U.S. Federal agencies could begin the process of shutting down non-essential governmental operations. Adding complexity is the current process underway to approve and confirm a new Speaker in the U.S. House of Representatives.

A government shutdown would have negative impacts on business travel across the U.S. as well as beyond. You can make your voice heard on behalf of business travel and our industry by reaching out to your elected officials to stress the importance of reaching a resolution and preventing a shutdown. Reach out to your representatives through the GBTA Legislative Action Center here.


Delta: Corp. Travel 'Enabling' Revenue Growth (BTN)

Window, Middle, Aisle? United Revamps Boarding Process with the Addition of Another Group (THE POINTS GUY)

Spotnana Connects with Southwest API for Content, Servicing Capabilities (BTN)

More Than Half of Canadian Flight Delays Are Caused by Reasons Within Airlines’ Control, New Data Shows (THE STAR)


BCD Scores Top Sustainability Rating for Fourth Consecutive Year (BTN EUROPE)

European Airlines Say Sustainable Fuel Targets May Mean Higher Fares, Consolidation (REUTERS)


Amex Survey: 70% of Cos. Using AI for Business Travel (BTN)

Paris Bedbugs: Does Tech Offer the Solution to Save Travel? (PHOCUSWIRE)

Industry Spotlight

GBTA Webinar
What Travel Managers and Travelers Agree
(and Disagree) On

October 18 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join this dynamic session with GBTA and Uber for Business to explore the priorities and challenges of today’s business travelers and travel managers, including:

  • The business traveler experience and its importance compared to other priorities
  • Sustainable business travel and what it means to travelers and managers alike
  • Cost savings in managed travel programs, how it is achieved and what is prioritized
  • How an uncertain economy could impact business travel

Registration: Complimentary


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GBTA + VDR Europe Conference 2023 -Hamburg
Keynote Announcement: Music Veteran Ric Salmon to join us in Hamburg

We are excited to announce a captivating keynote session at the upcoming GBTA + VDR Europe Conference 2023 -Hamburg! Renowned music veteran, Ric Salmon, will join us to share his unique perspective on the transformative journey of the recording industry and how it adapted to survive during a pivotal period.

During this keynote session in Hamburg, Ric Salmon will draw parallels between the music industry's evolution and our own industry. He will delve into the lessons learned from the music world's journey, exploring how technology, changing consumer behaviour, and evolving business models reshaped an entire industry.

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Register by 27 October and save! 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. If you’ve already registered, we’ll see you in Hamburg!

For assistance, please email at [email protected].


Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

France - Labor unions plan multi-sector strikes and demonstrations across France, Oct. 12-14. Disruptions likely.

Israel and Palestinian Territories - Cross-border violence likely to continue after Gaza-based militants launch attack on Israel Oct. 7; flight disruptions reported in Israel.

Japan - Authorities investigating reports of armed individual at Sapporo Station, Hokkaido, Japan, Oct. 13. Rail and traffic disruptions possible.

United Kingdom - Unionized baggage staff at London Heathrow Airport, UK, plan further strike Oct. 20-30; airport and flight disruptions likely.

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Upcoming Events

Advanced Priniciples of Business Travel Management
October 19, 26

GBTA Southern Africa Conference 2023
October 25

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

GBTA Conference 2024 - Mexico City
April 3 - 4

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It’s time to address the systems that are designed to fix women at work instead of fixing the places where women work.

Don't miss the opportunity to hear Anna Blue, President of the AHLA Foundation, present the opening keynote at GBTA WINiT Summit on October 26th at The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.

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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. Learn More

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