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November 9, 2023

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Top 5 Business Travel Trends

Here are the top 5 business travel trends according National Limousine Association (NLA):

1. Business Travel is (Nearly) Back: Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) CEO Suzanne Neufang shared the organization’s latest data at the conference. Of note: 84% of October GBTA survey respondents said their company’s business travel in 2023 has largely or mostly recovered compared to 2019.

2. AI is Transforming Ground Transportation: From automated dispatch systems (such as GroundWidgets’ SantaCruz software) that reduce carbon footprint to chatbots (so realistic that clients think they’re human!), AI is transforming chauffeured transportation. This results in greater efficiencies and a better customer experience.

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US Airlines Boost Winter Schedules to Meet Surge in Demand (FOX BUSINESS)

China's Air Guilin Cancels All Flights Until Further Notice (SIMPLE FLYING)

Can European Airline Group Consolidation Aims Come to Fruition? (FLIGHT GLOBAL)


Rail Travel for Work: Which Companies Are Paving the Way for Sustainable Business Travel? (TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT)

What Are the Cloudy Lines Behind Planes? I Was on a NASA Flight Researching Them (USA TODAY)

Aviation Sustainability and Recovery in Focus at Airline Leadership Meeting (TTG ASIA)


Uber, Starbucks Are Top Business Travel, Meal Expenses (CFO)

Amex GBT Sees More Small Companies Needing Business Travel Help (SKIFT)

SAP Concur Study Finds APAC Business Travellers More Than Ready to Hit the Road, But on Their Own Terms (TRAVEL DAILY MEDIA)

Industry Spotlight

Read the Latest on GBTA Advocacy in Europe

The November edition is now available of the GBTA Europe Advocacy newsletter designed to help keep you up to date with what’s happening in relation to business travel in Brussels, and how GBTA is advocating on your behalf.

This month's newsletter features details on recent meetings GBTA held with Airlines for Europe (A4E), Ryanair and the European Commission. It also includes information on the stakeholders and European Union officials that GBTA leadership will be visiting in Brussels this week to discuss key legislative initiatives: Multimodal Digital Mobility Systems Regulation (MDMS), the CountEmissionsEU and the Net Zero Industry Act NZIA).

Read all the details here in the November GBTA Europe Advocacy newsletter.


The New Distribution and Corporate Contracting Landscape

Moderated by Calum Hawley and with a panel of Suppliers, this webinar will identify what the current landscape looks like both in terms of air distribution but also from a corporate contracting perspective. We will hear about the value NDC can offer, the opportunities from OBTs and aggregators and where TMCs fit in all of this. Environment, Hurdles and Solutions identified, this webinar is a pre cursor to a similar discussion but with buyers on stage in Hamburg at GBTA + VDR Europe Conference 2023. Supplier guests are: Johnny Thorsen from Spotnana, Jenny Thornton from ATPI, and Johannes Walter from Lufthansa Group.

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Upcoming Events

GBTA Business Travel Forums | Calgary
Today, November 8

GBTA Business Travel Forums | Toronto
November 13

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

GBTA Conference 2024 - Mexico City
April 3 - 4

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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 Delany 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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