April 19, 2023

GBTA Europe Advocacy

Advocating for Sustainable, Efficient and Seamless Business Travel

A delegation of GBTA leaders and European members gathered in Brussels March 27-29 to advocate for the unique priorities of the business travel sector. Over the course of three days, the group attended sixteen meetings with policymakers, trade associations, and subject matter experts.

The goal of these engagements was to address key challenges and opportunities faced by the industry, including the promotion and adoption of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF), promoting multimodality, and refining the Payment Services Directives (PSD2/3) to better accommodate the needs of business travelers.

Following GBTA’s efforts in Brussels, numerous opportunities have emerged to bolster the business traveler’s voice with EU policymakers and stakeholders. Among the next steps:

  • GBTA will maintain contact with key policymakers, such as MEP Oetjen in aviation matters, and the Spanish Permanent Representation, which will define priority matters in the EU for the second half of 2023 as they assume the EU Presidency of the Council.
  • On the Multimodal Digital Mobility Services (MDMS), GBTA will continue advocating for equal treatment across transport operators, leveraging stakeholder collaboration with relevant rail stakeholders such as CER and ALLRAIL to better understand the challenges in the sector.
  • On payment services, GBTA is eager to work closely with VISA and other service providers on defining key payment terms and monitoring the release of PSD3, ensuring our industry remains well-represented.

A big thank you to Ben Park, Olivier Benoit, Paul Raymond, Christian Rosenbaum, Andrea Giuricin and David McNeill, and the GBTA EU Members for their support and accompanying GBTA leaders Catherine Logan, Delphine Millot and Shane Downey, for this round of advocacy outreach.

Park, who is the Chair of the GBTA Europe Advisory Board, shares his takeaways on the meetings - watch here.

You can read more in the Brussels outreach recap report here which summarizes all the meetings, outcomes, and next steps.


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