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November 6, 2023

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IATA Trials First “Fully Integrated Digital Identity Travel Experience”

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has partnered with British Airways to trial what it says was the “first integrated shopping to travel journey using digital identity”. Customers on a BA flight between London Heathrow and Rome Fiumicino were able to make use of technology including digital wallets, digital passports and biometric gates to travel through the airport.

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EU Pressures Airlines Over Soaring Fares (FINANCIAL TIMES)

Pioneers of Air Travel Fees: The First Major Airline to Charge for Carry-On Bags (SIMPLE FLYING)


International SOS Launches Enhanced Safe Accommodation Services (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

IHG Adds 350-Keys to Its Punjab Portfolio with a Dual Hotel Signing (4HOTELIERS)


Skyscanner Unveils Travel Trends for 2024 (ZAWYA)

More Business Meetings Are Returning to London (TRAVEL AND TOUR WORLD)

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GBTA + VDR Europe Conference 2023 - Hamburg
Join the Think Tank Session: Interactive Workshop on Climate Action

Driving sustainability across an ever-growing, ever-changing industry is no small feat. However, it remains incumbent on travel managers, procurement professionals, suppliers, sustainability-focused executives, and conscientious travelers to play our part in reducing emissions and crafting policies to manage our collective environmental footprint more effectively.

Join us in Hamburg for this incredible opportunity to drive change and shape the future of sustainable travel. Register now to secure your spot and be part of this essential conversation.



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We're on a mission to create a travel industry where everyone feels a sense of belonging. To achieve this, we're seeking four dedicated buyers to join our dynamic committee. Here's your chance to collaborate with industry visionaries who share your commitment to making travel more inclusive for all.

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Canada - Adverse winter weather conditions forecast across parts of central Canada through at least Nov. 7. Hazardous travel conditions likely.

China - Winter weather forecast in northeastern China through Nov. 7. Transport disruptions likely; confirm reservations.

Finland - Unionized public sector and welfare workers plan to strike across Finland, Nov. 7-9. Transport and business disruptions likely.

France - Climate protest ongoing outside Ministry of Ecological Transition in Paris, France, morning Nov. 6. Tight security, disruptions likely.

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GBTA Business Travel Forums | Calgary
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November 13

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GBTA have helped to facilitate a letter from more than 70+ companies to the commission calling for the publication of the MDMS regulation by the end of the year. Multimodal Digital Mobility Services (MDMS) regulation, intended to make it easier to ticket and book trips that connect air and rail services initially planned for June 2023, has been again delayed.

Read the letter here

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