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October 24, 2023

News to Know

Business Travel Steadily Returning to Pre-Pandemic Levels

A new report shows that while business travel is still down from pre-pandemic totals, transient and group business travel have shown growth in 2023.

According to STR, lodging data confirms the accelerated recovery of business and group travel, with the hotel industry finishing September strong with room demand the second-highest ever for the month.

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The Math Behind United Airlines’ Window to Aisle Boarding (FORBES)

How Airlines Boost Revenue with Co-Branded Credit Cards (US FUNDS)

Airlines Initiate Passenger Weigh-In Measure for Flight Safety (PATTAYA MAIL)


International SOS Launches Enhanced Hotel Safety Service (BTN EUROPE)


Carbon Analysis: Mixed Results Seen Across U.S. Big Four Airlines (AVIATION WEEK)

EasyJet to Cut Emissions Through New Descent Software (AVIATION WEEK)


ATM 2024 to Explore the Full Spectrum of Travel and Tourism (ZAWYA)

How Technology Enables and Enhances the Human Touch (SKIFT)

Industry Spotlight

GBTA Europe
Companies Urge European Commission to Publish MDMS Regulation by Year-End

GBTA has helped to facilitate a letter from more than 70+ companies sent to the European Commission calling for the publication of the Multimodal Digital Mobility Services (MDMS) regulation by the end of this year. The MDMS regulation ─ intended to make it easier to ticket and book trips that connect air and rail services ─ was initially planned for June 2023 and continues to be delayed.

Many multinational companies are committed to sustainability and reducing their business travel emissions. To help companies achieve this goal, improvements to multi-modal and cross-border ticketing are needed. The letter calls for The European Commission to legislate easier booking of multi-modal transport journeys and publish by the end of 2023 its proposal for MDMS Regulation.

Read the full letter here.


GBTA Southern Africa Conference 2023
Last Chance to Secure Your Spot

October 25 - 26

Join our conference to connect and grow your valuable relationship with your fellow travel professionals. You will be equipped with new knowledge, expertise and the ability to prepare for the return of business travel.

We will have plenty of networking sessions, 10 educational sessions with great speakers and panel discussions.



Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Bolivia - Disruptions due to poor air quality reported in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, as of Oct. 23. Flights canceled; school classes suspended.

Brazil - Unrest reported in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, following Oct. 23 police killing of militia leader; vandalism, transport disruptions reported.

Canada and United States - Pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli activists likely to rally in several cities across US and Canada through late October. Disruptions likely.

United States - Adverse winter weather forecast across North West and West North Central, US, through at least Oct. 25. Hazardous travel conditions likely.

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Upcoming Events

GBTA Southern Africa Conference 2023
October 25

GBTA WINiT Summit 2023
October 26

Advanced Priniciples of Business Travel Management
October 26

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

GBTA Conference 2024 - Mexico City
April 3 - 4

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New Episode of the Business of Travel is Live! 🎧🎤

In-person meetings are back in a big way, and businesses are using technology to make them more efficient and effective. Listen to this podcast episode with industry experts Ciaran Delaney and Meredith Smith to learn the latest trends and insights on how to use technology to address challenges and achieve meeting success.

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