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December 20, 2022

Check-In With Suzanne

Winding Down 2022
and So Much Ahead for 2023 

It seems like just yesterday we were ushering in 2022 –  and now we are looking at 2023 just around the corner. For our association and industry, this has been another year of ongoing change and challenges – but also one of re-connection, evolution, and accomplishment. The recent recognition among BTN’s Top 25 Influencers of this year is truly a testament to our GBTA staff and industry partners in how positive transformation can happen. It is the culmination of a super-charged collaborative team, fearless vision, dynamic strategy, and operational plans fueled by the momentum of the full support of our Boards, volunteers, members, and sponsors. We are grateful to – and for – all of you.    

There’s so much to look forward to in the year ahead as we continue to create the future of the global business travel industry together. We have great programming and events already lined up for 2023 – including, of course, our annual Convention in Dallas, August 13-15, 2023 (for which registration is now open.)   

In 2023, our industry can continue to anticipate new changes and new twists – so get ready. But we will continue to evolve, to innovate, and bring our many perspectives together. At GBTA, we serve as the platform for collaborative change – a place and space for all sides to come together to tackle how travel can adapt and drive dynamic transformation in so many critical areas for our industry, people, and planet.      

But for now, we unpack our bags for business travel and, for many, pack them instead for travel during this season of family, friends, festivities, and fun. It’s also a time when many people have a chance to reflect, relax and recharge. (Our GBTA offices will be closed from December 26th through January 2nd to give our team a well-deserved break.)   

Whatever you do, enjoy every minute of it – wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year.   



Airlines Issue Travel Waivers Ahead of Massive 'Bomb Cyclone' (CNN)

Christmas Travel: How Major US Airlines Are Handling Passenger Demand (FOX BUSINESS)

Aeromexico to Work with Accelya to ‘Fast Track’ NDC Bookings (BTN EUROPE)


Authenticity, Sustainability Lead Hotel Design Trends Heading into 2023 (COSTAR)


Amadeus Invests in Mobility Solutions Company Eccocar (PHOCUSWIRE)


First in MT & Holiday Concerns (POLITICO) – FEATURES GBTA

London City Submits Application to Raise Passenger Cap (BTN EUROPE)

Business Travel Bounce Back – of Sorts (PROFESSIONAL SECURITY)

Industry Spotlight

Leaders Ask US Congress to Speed Canadian Preclearance as Holiday Travel Rush Looms 

GBTA was among the national and local leaders in business and tourism that recently sent letters to the U.S. Congress, calling on members to bolster preclearance operations at Toronto Pearson International Airport to decrease the wait times for travelers to key U.S. markets. 

“Twenty-two million people were screened at preclearance operations in 2019, and supporting the program is crucial to facilitate business travel between the United States and Canada,” said GBTA CEO Suzanne Neufang. 

The US organizations also requested sufficient appropriations for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) in the FY2023 budget to support regular security preclearance operations, and ensure Toronto Pearson has sufficient temporary officers and overtime funding to support travel this holiday season. The organizations also called on Congress to ask CBP to restart the processing of NEXUS applications in Canada to help facilitate the flow of travelers between the two countries.  

Read the full announcement    


GBTA Risk Committee
Risk Predictions for 2023

As we move from 2022 into the new year, it is important to evaluate the ever-changing travel and risk landscape. We should focus on developing solid processes to protect our companies and employees from the potential dangers both while traveling and in our normal business activities. Over the past couple of years, we have seen an increase in petty and organized crime as well as additional risks associated with climate change. Our plans to mitigate risk are often complicated by information overload and inaccurate information. 

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Belgium - Unionized police protesting in central Brussels, Belgium, Dec. 20. Increased security, localized disruptions reported.

China - Officials in Macau, China, ease COVID-19 requirements for inbound travelers Dec. 20. Other international curbs remain in effect.

Kosovo and Serbia - Tensions to remain high in northern Kosovo through at least December; heightened security, protests, clashes likely.

Peru - Police and military forces retake, reopen some airports and highways in Peru as of Dec. 19 in wake of unrest. Further protests likely.

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Upcoming Events

Travel Risk Management Bootcamp Understanding and Implementing ISO31030
January 17 - 18

GBTA Conference 2023 | Mexico City
March 15 - 16

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Convention 2023 registration is now open! Plan for your professional growth and education in 2023 and use any leftover 2022 budget to register for Convention 2023 in Dallas next August 13-15. Register Today

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GBTA Career Spotlight
Regional Manager, GBTA Canada

The Regional Manager, GBTA Canada is a vital role in the continued growth and success of GBTA’s region of Canada. Working as an extension of the Global Operations team, this role will be the main operational contributor for GBTA Canada. Learn More

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