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September 23, 2022

New GBTA Podcast

It’s SME Again – The Journey is the Destination

In this 4th installment of ‘It’s SME Again’ podcast series from GBTA’s Sports, Media & Entertainment Committee (SME), we chat with Dewitt Jones, world renowned National Geographic photographer and motivational speaker about how travel can enhance or detract from performance, and how there is more than one right answer in travel, and life. We have previously spoken with road warriors from professional baseball to film and television production to an Olympics Water Polo team. One of the common threads we have discovered is how travel is a key ingredient to success in the sports, media, and entertainment industries.

Recorded live from the GBTA Convention 2022 in San Diego, hosts Amy Thiessen and Greg Bell have an insightful conversation with Dewitt Jones on how to celebrate what’s right in both life and travel.

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British Airways to Restart London-Tokyo Flights in November (SIMPLE FLYING)

How Far Have Airlines Climbed Back From the Crisis? (FLIGHT GLOBAL)


Latest UK Rail Strikes Set for October 1, 5 and 8 (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)


BWH Hotel Group Expands Global Presence with Hotels in Europe, Asia and North America (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)


Sustainable Fuel Startup Air Company to Sell to JetBlue, Virgin Atlantic (REUTERS)


Business Travel Recovery Accelerates More Than Expected In Post Pandemic (TRAVEL AND TOUR WORLDS) – FEATURES GBTA

Canada to Drop COVID Vaccine Requirement to Enter Country on Sept 30 (REUTERS)

Japan Reopening Visa-Free Travel and Abolishing Daily Arrival Caps (SIMPLE FLYING)

The Gift of Membership - Take Our Survey for a Chance to Win a Free Membership

GBTA’s commitment to community, learning and advocacy is designed to bring the global business travel industry together so our members can learn from and inspire one another, develop as businesses and as individuals, and collectively move the industry forward – through many voices and one purpose. In celebration of the new era and brand for GBTA and its member-focused journey, during Convention CEO Suzanne Neufang announced onstage that the association will be awarding 500 free GBTA memberships* which you can use for yourself or pay it forward as a gift for someone else.

If you, or someone you know, would benefit from access to thousands of resources and peer-to-peer interaction but has been unable to secure the funding to join, we encourage you to complete and share this survey. Not only will you be providing your voice and views to help GBTA better understand and serve its members and their current and future education and programming needs, but you can also foster professional and career growth for yourself or someone else who could benefit. If you are among the first 500 to fully complete the survey, you can secure one of these free memberships* for yourself or someone else who may not otherwise be able to join.

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* GBTA members will vote for new Board of Directors, including President and Vice President to lead the Association in the summer of 2023. Per association bylaws, individuals with free memberships fall into the non-voting member category. As such, any opting for this free membership are not eligible to run for GBTA elected positions or to vote in GBTA elections during the term the free membership is effective. Only fully paid GBTA members are eligible to vote or run for elected offices.

Industry Spotlight

GBTA Conference 2022 – Brussels in Partnership
Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Board Global Markets & Network, Lufthansa Group will be in Brussels as part of the Industry CEO Panel

8 -10 November

Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Board Global Markets & Network, Lufthansa Group will be joining GBTA CEO, Suzanne Neufang in Brussels on main stage on Wednesday 9 November as part of the Industry CEO Panel.

Harry has been a member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG since July 2013 and was responsible as Chief Commercial Officer Network Airlines for the commercial management of Premium Network Airlines and the management of the hubs of these airlines until 31 December 2019. Since 1 January 2020 he has been in charge of the Executive Board department “Commercial Passenger Airlines” and is responsible for the coordination of net-work planning, revenue management, dispatch and sales for all passenger airlines in the Lufthansa Group. View Bio

Harry 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.


GBTA Ladders
Apply to GBTA Ladders, a team mentorship program, by September 30

Do you want to expand your network and work with top-minds in the travel industry? GBTA Ladders is gearing up for its next season and we’re seeking mentees with the appetite to think differently and move travel forward. Our mentorship program is designed to drive collaboration and develop future leaders across the industry, and welcomes industry vets and rising stars alike. Apply today for the 2022-2023 season!


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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Asia - TS 18 tracking northwestward over Philippine Sea as of Sept. 22. Landfall forecast over northern Luzon Islands, Philippines, late Sept. 25.

France - Unionized public transport workers striking in Marseille, France, Sept. 23. Check transport availability.

Taiwan - Transport disruptions, including rail disruptions, ongoing in eastern Taiwan as of Sept. 22 following earlier earthquake. Confirm transport.

United Kingdom - Unionized railway workers in the UK plan additional strike Oct. 8; previously confirmed strikes Oct. 1, 5. Rail travel disruptions likely.

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Upcoming Events
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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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.

Registration is open with early bird rates running until 28 September.

Register for the Conference #GBTAVDR22 and Sustainability Summit together and save €100!

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GBTA Career Spotlight
Membership Specialist

The Membership Specialist is a member of the Marketing and Membership Operations team and is primarily responsible for providing high quality, enthusiastic, and prompt customer service to members of GBTA. Learn More

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