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October 26, 2023

News to Know

NDC Is Bridging the Gap Between Buyers and Sellers

The industry has been talking about New Distribution Capability for more than a decade, and despite the recent focus and headlines about it, there hasn't been nearly enough progress toward making NDC truly consumable by mainstream travelers and, in many cases, is there adequate service backup for travel advisors to take full advantage of its capabilities. There are a few carriers out there that are actively live with NDC and making a lot of noise about it; but with that noise and glitches in its rollout, many in the industry are forgetting why NDC was created in the first place.

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Speed and Convenience Are Passengers’ Top Priorities (IATA)

Rising Jet Fuel Costs Could Cloud European Airlines' Bumper Earnings (REUTERS)

Fury Over Higher Air Traffic Charges After IT Meltdown (BBC)

How Airline Tech “Advances” Are Setting Back Our End Consumers (PHOCUSWIRE)


Choice Hotels Calls on Wyndham Hotels & Resorts to Engage in Discussions (PR NEWSWIRE)


Regional Travel Dips as Israel-Hamas Conflict Impacts West Asia: Report (WIO NEWS)


U.S. Travel Hits Post-2020 High: New Skift Research (SKIFT)


Industry Spotlight

GBTA + VDR Europe Conference 2023 – Hamburg
Pär Johansson -  Inspirational Speaker
"Everybody's Got a Dream"  

Pär Johansson, an exceptional and renowned inspirational speaker, will deliver a keynote, titled "Everybody's Got a Dream," which promises to be a highlight of the conference, offering a transformative experience that will leave you motivated and ready to chase your dreams.

Pär Johansson will share how through his life changing theatre company Glada Hudik he makes dreams come true in the most wonderful way, uniting both mentally impaired and normally impaired individuals to perform together on stage.

Tomorrow, October 27, is the last day to save on registration. Register now.

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GBTA Webinar
Mitigating 2024 Corporate Hotel Rate Increases via Segment Convergence

This webinar will feature timely commentary from a respected travel program leader and a prominent hotelier, as well as fresh updates regarding negotiating trends for 2024 as the fourth quarter is underway. Join this engaging session to learn more about how your company can use convergence tactics to drive notable gains in data transparency, process efficiencies, and savings across your key segments.

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Based on GBTA research sponsored by HRS Group



Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Chile - Unionized air traffic controllers suspend strike in Chile as of early Oct. 26.

Oman and Yemen - Disruptions following Cyclonic Storm Tej ongoing across parts of Yemen and Oman as of Oct. 25. Fatalities reported; thousands displaced.

Philippines - Tight security measures in the Philippines for All Saints' Day holidays Nov. 1-2. Transport and business disruptions likely Oct. 27-Nov. 6.

South Pacific/Oceania - Annual rainy season to occur across the South Pacific Islands through at least April 30. Heavy rainfall could result in widespread flooding.

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Upcoming Events

GBTA WINiT Summit 2023
Today, October 26

Advanced Priniciples of Business Travel Management
Today, 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...

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