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September 20, 2022

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Exploring the State of Business Travel Now

In addition to the economic and overall recovery forecast for our industry, the impact of air travel disruption has been a topic I’ve been asked about recently. Business travelers are typically more experienced, aware, and adaptive travelers. Does this make them better prepared, willing or able to navigate disruption when traveling for business?

This is just one of the topics we’re exploring in our next GBTA Business Travel Recovery Poll. We’re also asking for your views on ongoing industry trends in bookings and travel sentiment, along with the current connection between hybrid/remote work and business travel, and business travel impacts related to inflation and economic concerns. We thank all who have participated in our ongoing GBTA polls to offer your “many voices” and collective insights on recovery. The latest poll questions are going out today and we’ll release the results in early October.

We also are preparing to explore the state of business travel in Europe during the upcoming GBTA Europe Conference and Sustainability Summit in Brussels, November 8-10. This is a combined opportunity to not only gain region-specific insights and make connections, but also to be part of GBTA’s first-ever event bringing together sustainability experts, policy leaders and our industry to outline solutions on decarbonization and the race to Net Zero. Register here by September 28 to secure the lowest price to attend.

Exploring sustainability and best practices in business travel, MICE and tourism will be the focus of another first-event for the Asia-Pacific region. GBTA and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) will be cohosting the APAC Travel Summit in Bangkok, December 8-9. I look forward to being part of the discussion on what’s next for this very important region for business travel, blended travel, and global travel overall.

We’ve extended the deadline for the annual GBTA WINiT Awards to Thursday, September 29, to submit your nomination(s).. The GBTA WINiT awards spotlight individuals and companies who are making a difference as industry professionals, mentors, rising leaders, innovative trailblazers, culture catalysts, and more. You can submit your nominations here. Award winners will be announced at the October 27 WINiT Gala 2022 in New York City, and the Top 50 Women in Travel will be announced prior to the event.


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News to Know

Europe’s aviation recovery reaches “critical juncture”

Air traffic across Europe surged in July, with a 70 per cent increase on the previous month, according to the latest report by airports association ACI Europe. However the association warned that recovery could be compromised if the European Union’s ‘use it or lose it’ airport slot rules are not restored during the forthcoming winter season. With traffic volumes edging closer to pre-pandemic levels, ACI Europe director general Olivier Jankovec stressed the importance of returning to the standard airline slot regime of 80 per cent, which was reduced to 64 per cent across the EU and 70 per cent in the UK during the busy summer period. (BTN EUROPE)


Shanghai, Mumbai, Melbourne and beyond: CNBC names the best Asia-Pacific hotels for business travel

Business travelers are on the road again. So there’s no better time for CNBC Travel to name the best hotels for business travel across Asia-Pacific. CNBC joined with the market and consumer data firm Statista to produce rankings of the “Best Hotels for Business Travelers.” A second list of rankings for hotels in Europe and the Middle East will be published next month.In total, we analyzed more than 10,000 four- and five-star hotels in 117 locations to produce a list corporate travelers can trust. We did this using a three-step process. (CNBC TRAVEL)

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Network Outage Temporarily Impacts Alaska Airlines Flights at LAX (CBS NEWS)

Will the Planned Saudi Arabian Mega City of Neom Have Its Own Airline? (SIMPLE FLYING)

Europe’s Aviation Recovery Reaches “Critical Juncture” (BTN EUROPE)


Uber for Business Adds Sustainability Data to Dashboard (BTN)


The Pandemic Changed How We Travel, Hospitality Should Follow Suit (TRAVEL DAILY MEDIA)

Shanghai, Mumbai, Melbourne and Beyond: CNBC Names the Best Asia-Pacific Hotels For Business Travel (CNBC)


Reporter’s Notebook: GBTA Speakers Highlight DE&I Sourcing Opportunities (THE COMPANY DIME, MAY REQUIRE SUBSCRIPTION) – FEATURES GBTA

Web 3.0 Unleashing the Possibilities for Corporate Travel (THE ECONOMIC TIMES)

Emergency Turkey Visa for Urgent Vacation or Business Travel Now Available Online (DIGITAL JOURNAL)

Industry Spotlight

GBTA Conference 2022 - Brussels in Partnership with VDR
Chris Galanty, CEO, Corporate Travel FCTG will be in Brussels as part of the Industry CEO Panel

8 -10 November

Chris Galanty, CEO, Corporate Travel FCTG will be joining GBTA CEO, Suzanne Neufang in Brussels on main stage on Wednesday 9 November as part of the Industry CEO Panel.

Chris is a key member of FCTG’s global executive leadership team in his current role as the Chief Executive Officer of Corporate and is responsible for FCTG’s growth in the corporate travel sector globally. View Bio

Chris will share his reflections and forthcoming plans as the world reconnects. The panel will explore what will be different and what are the opportunities and challenges for business travel in a post pandemic world.

Register by 28 September and save.


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Nominations are open for the 2022 GBTA WINiT Awards acknowledging individuals and companies who have gone beyond in driving career mobility and gender parity. Learn More

Nomination deadline:
September 22, 2022.

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

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