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September 13, 2022

Check-In With Suzanne

Traveling for Business and Finishing Strong in 2022

For many, the past few months put a focus on well-deserved vacations, personal time off, and more leisure travel in general. But turning into the final third of the year typically means more business travel as a critical element in helping organizations and professionals hit their annual goals, achieve client objectives, and come together for meetings, conferences and events before the holidays and a new year is upon us.

If recent media interest is an indicator, many are wondering what the coming months will mean for business travel. GBTA research – and especially the latest Business Travel Index released last month – provided data and insights included in an Associated Press article on continued travel recovery as well as the Wall Street Journal’s look at blended – also known as “bleisure” – travel. At GBTA, we’ve also been sharing more on our evolution as I outlined in my recent Q&A with Business Travel News.

Although we are predicting an extended recovery to get back to 2019 levels, the current size of business travel and its impact on economies, companies, and regional/global collaboration are substantial – and a force to be reckoned with. Travelers themselves seem to need more guidance than ever in the face of ongoing disruptions, even as their own personal tech is already pervasive – so the roles of the travel manager and suppliers who serve those business travelers become ever more important.

The GBTA Board and our GBTA Team have been discussing future-focused strategy and innovation, including how to future-proof our industry. Without a doubt, that includes cultivating and recruiting the next generation of business travel professionals, which is a long-standing mission of GBTA Ladders. Ladders brings the best of our industry and GBTA – community, education, career growth, and connection – to help individuals grow as professionals. Applications are now being accepted for the 2022/2023 Ladders season and the deadline is September 30. Whether you are a participant, mentor, or champion, now more than ever is the time to invest in the future of our industry. We are especially seeking mentees – so please spread the word at your companies as we nurture the next generations of innovators and leaders within our industry.

GBTA continues to invest in – and experience – the future of work, as well. With the rise of hybrid and remote work along with the recent sale of our GBTA HQ building in Alexandria, VA, the GBTA team for now will be working fully remote. (You’ll find our new mailing address on GBTA.org.) We have the opportunity to re-imagine what works best for our team as well as our member-focused mission.


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News to Know

European hotels profit from surge in summer demand

Higher room rates this summer have allowed hotels in Europe’s major cities to surpass pre-Covid profit levels, according to the latest data from industry analyst STR. Properties in Berlin have benefited the most from a summer surge in business with gross operating profit per available room (GOPPAR) reaching $34.32 in July, an increase of 83 per cent compared with the same month in 2019. Although occupancies across Europe remain around 10 per cent lower than pre-Covid, average room rates have risen by 27 per cent on 2019 levels due to strong demand from both leisure and business travelers.


European aviation groups call for EU-wide mandate on SAF use

European aviation groups have called for an EU-wide mandate on the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), ahead of key negotiations over how emissions from air travel will be cut across the continent. The Fit for 55 package will determine how the EU turns its climate goals into law, including its commitment to cut emissions by at least 55 per cent by 2030. This will be the subject of talks between the European Commission, European Parliament and EU Council in the coming months.The key elements for air travel are the ReFuelEU proposal, which would oblige airlines to increase their use of SAF at EU airports (known as the blending mandate), and a potential overhaul of the existing EU ETS (Emissions Trading System), which has already been beset by political divisions.

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Airlines’ Chaotic Summer Is Over. These 5 Charts Show How It Went (CNBC)

New Canadian Airline Rules Won’t Help All Travellers With Issues, Advocate Says (GLOBAL NEWS)

3 Hospitality Tech Predictions for the New Era of Travel (PHOCUSWIRE)


How Honeywell Is Driving Fuel Efficiency at Gulf Air (SIMPLE FLYING)


Expedia CEO: ‘Business Travel Is Back’ Like I Predicted All Along During the COVID Pandemic (CNBC)

US Companies Step Up Travel, Shrug Off Economic Uncertainty (BLOOMBERG)

Business Travel Is Back: STR (TRAVEL DAILY MEDIA)

Business Travelers Say They Most Prefer Events Now (MEETINGS NET)

Industry Spotlight

Submit Nominations for the WINiT 2022 Awards

We invite your organization to submit nominations for the WINiT 2022 Awards, the top honors in the travel industry, recognizing those individuals and companies that support the career development of women. All global organizations and individuals that work in travel related industries are eligible to submit nominations.

Awards will be presented at the 2022 GBTA WINiT Gala on October 27th at the Westin Times Square, New York City.

Nomination deadline: September 22, 2022

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Travel Risk Management Bootcamp: Understanding and Implementing ISO31030

•  September 14-15
•  November 8, (Brussels)

Travel Risk Management Bootcamp: Understanding and Implementing ISO31030 - next date September 14-15. This course, led by travel risk management experts Global Secure Accreditation in conjunction with GBTA, is designed to give practical guidance to anyone involved in building and managing corporate travel programs.


Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

China - Officials in Qinghai Province, China, slightly ease COVID-19 curbs in Xining as of Sept. 13. Other domestic measures ongoing.

China, Japan and Taiwan - Typhoon Muifa tracking north in East China Sea early Sept. 13. Landfall likely over far northeastern Zhejiang Province, China late Sept. 14.

Netherlands - Unionized transport workers in the Netherlands cancel nationwide strikes planned through Sept. 16.

United Kingdom - Public mourning events, business, and transport disruptions continue across UK Sept. 12-19, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Upcoming Events
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

GBTA Europe Town Hall
September 15

Business Travel Returns: How Travel Managers Are Responding
September 15

Increase Traveler Satisfaction and Value With a Modern Personalized Shopping Experience
September 28
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

PATA – GBTA APAC Travel Summit - Global Business Travel Association - GBTA
December 8 - 9
Bangkok, Thailand

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We are deeply saddened by the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. The British people and Commonwealth realms have lost their monarch, the world has lost one of its greatest leaders. The most travelled monarch of all time, her commitment and loyalty to public service throughout her 70-year reign will forever be greatly admired and remembered. Thank you

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GBTA will be hosting its first ever Global Sustainability Summit on 8 November 2022 in Brussels, focusing on Driving Action on the Race to Net Zero. Register

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GBTA Career Spotlight
Sales Operations and Fulfillment Coordinator

The Sales Operations and Fulfillment Coordinator is responsible for managing the overall delivery of sponsorship benefits. Duties include coordinating with Business Development, Research, Education, Marketing, and other departments to ensure overall fulfillment of client benefits are achieved on time. Learn More

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