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August 2, 2022

Check-In with Suzanne: Preparing for Arrival on the Road to Convention

There can be many meaningful interpretations of our 2022 Convention theme: Re-Connect, Re-Imagine and Re-Create. One of the most important is how we will continue to re-imagine and re-create the association for the future, which is also a key mission of the elected GBTA Board of Directors. Voting is now underway to determine the newest Board members who will serve in that capacity for the next two years.

Last year, in that pandemic-challenged, rebuilding year, voting members showed support for GBTA with a best-in-class 27% turnout during the summer Board election. I hope this year that the voting turnout will be even higher. The more members who vote, the more voices are heard about which priorities matter most in GBTA’s future.

If you are a voting GBTA member, look for the email from “GBTA Elections” and cast your votes for the one Allied seat and two Direct seats that are open, along with the volunteer taskforce and board-approved cleanup language in this year’s bylaw review. Voting closes on August 15 at 5pm ET (or 2pm PT if you are with us in San Diego). Voting results will be announced at Convention during the Tuesday afternoon Main Stage session. Visit the GBTA Elections 2022 web page for all the details you need to make your voting decisions.

Even with Convention less than two weeks away, we continue to see a steady flow of buyer and supplier attendees signing up to come. There’s still time to register here to join thousands of your business travel colleagues from around the world in San Diego – and earn 12 GTP Recertification credits while you do it.

But for those who can’t make it to Convention in person this year, we’ve got you covered, too.

Yesterday we rolled out Convention Plus so you can be part of the action during Convention and after. Convention Plus is a virtual livestream and on-demand option providing access to some of the most insightful content from Convention 2022. This includes the five Main Stage presentations, five Collaboratory Spotlights and 15+ educations sessions including the much-anticipated 2023 Global Pricing Forecast and unveiling of the latest Business Travel Index™. Don’t miss out.


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Last chance to Register for Global Leadership Professional® (GLP) Designation

This year-long program consists of several components centered on a collaborative, industry-related and solutions-based project

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Scholarships Can Cover Your Cost

For this year only, GBTA is offering a full $5,000 funding for GBTA members and Chapter members. Apply today to have your Designation journey fully covered!


Sustainability Pavilion: Green Stage Spotlight

Green Stage Spotlight: On Tuesday, August 15, Robyn Grassanovits, VP of Emerging Business of Cirium, and Mark Corbett, Founder of Thrust Carbon, will take the Green Stage to give expert overviews of their sustainability initiatives. Learn more about the Sustainability Pavilion and register here.

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#5 Check out the NEW Sustainability Pavilion
New this year, the Sustainability Pavilion will feature Green Talks, education sessions, NGOs

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GBTA Convention 2022
August 14 - 17
San Diego, CA

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September 14 - 15
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM BST /
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM CEST /
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

GBTA Conference 2022 – Brussels in Partnership with VDR.
Nov 8 - 10

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China - Macau, China, to ease more domestic COVID-19 curbs from Aug. 2. Negative COVID-19 test result required to enter most public venues.
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France - France lifts all remaining COVID-19 restrictions as of Aug. 1.
Taiwan - US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi likely to visit Taipei, Taiwan, Aug. 2-3. Increased security, Localized transport disruptions likely.

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