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December 14, 2023

News to Know

Travel Agents ‘Key’ as Pacific Asia Market Recovers

The importance of travel agents remains “key” as the Pacific Asia region continues its recovery from COVID, according to new research. And a “degree of normality” has returned to the travel market in the region, according to the study by the Pacific Asia Travel Association UK & Ireland.

Its latest Pata Patterns report, looking at trends for 2024, said: “Despite the rise of online booking platforms and their alluring offers and discounted prices, many travellers are turning to travel agents for their expertise and personalised service.

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The Airline Industry Will Bounce Back in Asia (CLYDECO)

Plus-size Travelers Can Get the Empty Adjacent Seats on Southwest Airlines (USA TODAY)

Philippine Airlines, American Airlines Launch New Codeshare Partnership (TTG ASIA)


Dubai’s Luxury Hoteliers Aim for Global Expansion (SKIFT)

5 Trends in Global Hospitality and the Outlook for Digital Transformation (PHOCUSWIRE)

Will Hotel ‘Junk Fees’ Become a Thing of the Past? (HOTEL DIVE)


Nearly Half of Travel Companies Say They’ll Increase ESG Investment in ‘24 (PHOCUSWIRE)


Understanding Traveler Plans, Preferences, and Priorities for 2024 (SKIFT)

Industry Spotlight

New GBTA Podcast
Behind the Scenes at COP28: A Global Business Travel Perspective

In this bonus episode of the Business of Travel podcast, Suzanne Neufang, GBTA’s CEO is joined by Delphine Millot, GBTA's Senior Vice President of Sustainability and Advocacy, who share insights after attending COP28 at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. They discuss the scale and significance of the event, the importance of collaboration between public and private sectors, and the key takeaways for the business travel industry. Delphine also shares her perspective on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as the industry strives to become more sustainable.

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GBTA Canada
Call for Volunteers

Submit Your Application by Tuesday, December 19

If you would like to contribute to the advancement of the Canadian business travel industry and expand your professional network, consider volunteering with GBTA Canada. Your involvement will not only allow you to play a key role in shaping the industry's future but also provide opportunities for personal and professional growth.

The following position openings are now available:

  • Advisory Board Direct Member: 4 Positions Available
  • Meeting and Events Committee: Committee Chair
  • Transportation Committee: Committee Chair & Vice Chair
  • Committee Members - Direct (Available for All Committees)
  • Committee Members - Allied (Available for All Committees)
Apply Now

**Please note, You must have an active GBTA membership for the full volunteer term. The deadline to apply is December 19 at 11:59 PM EST.


Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Belarus - Adverse winter weather forecast across Belarus through at least Dec. 16. Hazardous travel conditions likely.

France - Unionized Air France employees to strike at Paris Orly Airport in Paris, France, 00:01-23:59 Dec. 14. Flight disruptions likely.

Ukraine - Emergency crews continue response to falling missile debris in Kyiv, Ukraine, Dec. 13. At least 52 people injured. Tight security likely.

Western, Central, and Southern Europe - Rallies denouncing Israel-Hamas conflict likely in urban centers across Europe through early January, as well as increased security alerts.

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Upcoming Events

LATAM Business Travel Forums Santiago de Chile
Today, December 14

GBTA Conference 2024 - Mexico City
April 3 - 4

GBTA Conference 2024 - Toronto
April 22 - 24

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Last week, Delphine Millot represented GBTA at this year's #COP28 in Dubai. This year's COP was a historical one for the business travel global community. Check out this blog from Delphine to learn why.

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