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August 24, 2022

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The Pandemic Has Reshaped Visa Application Processes

Peak seasons often come with their share of challenges and opportunities. The summer of 2022 was different. For the first time, the travel industry was catering to an unfamiliar need: a world full of travellers deprived of international mobility for two long years. The situation prompted deep thinking on the fast-changing customer expectations. Have health and safety measures moved up on travellers’ priority list? Are they comfortable filling in multiple documents seeking health information? What has been the impact of the pandemic on disposable incomes? Are contactless and digital experiences the new order? These were some of the questions facing the travel trade. The immediate challenge was to ensure traveller convenience.

When borders began opening in mid-2021, the industry expected a slow but resilient recovery, perhaps underestimating the travel demand waiting to explode. By the time the peak summer season arrived in India, most countries had opened up to Indian visitors, travel restrictions had eased and most regular international flights had resumed.

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How We’re All Travelling ‘Better’ – And What It Means for TMCs (BTN EUROPE)

U.S. Wants Airlines to Boost Help for Stranded, Delayed Passengers (REUTERS)

US Transatlantic Travel to Europe Soars by 25% (TRAVEL DAILY MEDIA)

DOT Launches Dashboard for Travelers to Compare Airline Cancellation Policies (PHOCUSWIRE)


Group Demand for US Hotels Continues Positive Momentum (COSTAR)


Can High-Speed Rail Finally Become A Reality in the U.S.? (GREENBIZ)

Corporate Travel Planners Look for Specifics on Hotel Sustainability Efforts (HOSPITALITY NET)


Amex GBT Readies for Lasting Environment of Travel Disruptions (BTN) – FEATURES GBTA


Technology Tops the Travel Manager’s Agenda (TTR WEEKLY) – FEATURES GBTA

Industry Spotlight

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Professional Development
Certificate in Corporate Travel Execution (CCTE)

Dates: Sept. 8 and 22, Oct. 6 and 20, Nov. 3 and 17, Dec. 1 and 15

Times: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET each day

The Certificate in Corporate Travel Execution is a customized education offered in partnership with Cornell University’s Executive Education Division. The curriculum is designed for corporate buyers overseeing a managed travel program and suppliers offering travel-related products and services.

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Africa - Air traffic controllers suspend Aug. 25-27 strike in various African countries.

Asia - TS Ma-on tracking northwestward across South China Sea early Aug. 24. Landfall in western Guangdong Province, China, afternoon Aug. 25.

China - China lifts entry ban for foreign students with valid residence permits from Aug. 24. Other international travel curbs remain in place.

Turkey - Thunderstorms and heavy rainfall forecast in parts of western Turkey through Aug. 24. Flooding and associated disruptions possible.

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Upcoming Events
Certificate in Corporate Travel Execution (CCTE)
September 8

GBTA Europe Town Hall
September 15

Travel Risk Management Bootcamp: Understanding and Implementing ISO31030
September 14 - 15
2:00 PM-5:00 PM BST /
3:00 PM-6:00 PM CEST /
09:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT

WINiT Gala
October 27
7:30 – 10:00 PM ET

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

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Career Spotlight
Financial Analyst

The Financial Analyst is a part of the Finance & Strategy team and will assist with financial data analysis, budgeting and forecasting. They will support the Senior Director of Finance with financial analysis, modeling, reporting, and decision making. Learn More

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