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October 23, 2023

News to Know

Airport Lounges Are Booming, And Everyone Wants In

Travelers are flocking to airport lounges in search of complimentary food, drinks and perhaps most importantly, a chance to relax away from the hordes of travelers at the gate. The problem: plenty of other travelers are too. Armed with high-end rewards credit cards and fresh from years of big spending, more and more travelers are gaining access to airport lounges, turning what were once small, exclusive spaces for an elite few into a must-have stop for millions of passengers.

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Michael Whitaker Wins Key Vote to Be Next FAA Administrator (NPR)
Note: GBTA supported Mr. Whitaker’s nomination

Do Any Airlines Allow Passengers to Select a Seat for Free? (SIMPLE FLYING)

Airlines, Regulators Weigh More Cockpit Safety Alerts After Close Calls on Runways (THE WALL STREET JOURNAL)


IHG’s Business Travel Revenue Surpasses 2019 Levels (BTN EUROPE)

Hotel Rates Likely to Continue Upward Trajectory in 2024 Despite Softening of Leisure Travel Demand (4HOTELIERS)


Improving Connectivity Across the Network (NETWORK RAIL)


Business Travel Gateway Between Australia and Asia Soars (CMW)

State Department Issues 'Worldwide Caution' for Americans Overseas (USA TODAY)

Bleisure Trips | Is This Rising Trend Something HR Should Be Worried About? (HR GRAPEVINE)

Industry Spotlight

GBTA Professional Development
GBTA and e-Cornell Offer Member-Exclusive Pricing on Business and Leadership Courses Until December 22, 2023

As Q4 2023 continues at full speed and Q1 2024 is on the horizon, now is the time to take stock of training budgets and professional development goals. Did you and your team utilize this year’s allotment? Are you pledging to focus more on your career in 2024?

That’s why GBTA and eCornell, Cornell University’s external education unit that provides online professional and executive development, are partnering to offer GBTA members exclusive access to a selection of courses at a special discounted rate of only $795 per course (regular pricing is up to $1,500 per course).

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GBTA + VDR Europe Conference 2023 – Hamburg
Justify your Attendance

14-16 November

This year’s conference will feature even more of the rich educational content on the industry’s most pressing topics that our attendees have come to expect. Take the next step in your career by engaging with your peers and learning from the world’s best and brightest industry experts.

Download the template here to help justify your attendance at GBTA Conference 2023 – Hamburg in Partnership with VDR. Showcase the value provided by the Conference to you and your team by editing the fields in the attached document and printing or emailing it to your supervisor.

Registration rates increase on 27 October at 11:59 PM BST

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Canada and United States - Pro-Palestine activists to protest in multiple major cities of US and Canada, Oct. 20-23, due to the ongoing conflict with Israel.

Middle East/North Africa - As of Oct. 22, pro-Palestinian rallies in the Middle East and North Africa region likely to continue and possibly escalate through October.

United Kingdom - Flooding and disruptions due to Storm Babet ongoing across parts of the UK Oct. 23. Fatalities reported; flood threat likely to presist.

Western, Central, and Southern Europe - Protest denouncing the conflict in Israel and the Gaza Strip, and security threats, likely across Europe through late October.

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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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GBTA Wins Climate Change Award at A World for Travel Summit for Sustainability Efforts

GBTA was awarded the Climate Change Award at the 4th edition of the A World For Travel sustainability summit in recognition of its extensive sustainability agenda and leadership in driving change in the travel industry...

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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... Learn More

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