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September 27, 2022

Check-In With Suzanne

Inspiring Many More Voices Through the GBTA Membership Offer

In our work and lives we know that words matter – but putting action behind them is critical to having an impact. Onstage at the GBTA Convention in San Diego, in celebration of the new era for GBTA and its member-focused journey, we committed to award 500 free GBTA memberships. Now it’s time to put that commitment into action.

Simply by completing this survey, you can register for a chance to receive a free one-year membership for yourself or to gift to someone else who may not be otherwise able to join our GBTA community. [Please note: under association bylaws, as with our COVID honorary campaign in 2020-21, individuals with free memberships are not eligible to run for elected GBTA positions nor to vote in GBTA elections. They do have full access to the Hub, our research, recorded education sessions, and other member benefits.]

Over the past year as we were reimagining the new brand for GBTA, we knew our tagline would not only be about words. We know that GBTA’s commitment to community, learning and advocacy helps collectively move the industry forward – and our strength as an association and industry comes from our many voices and one purpose.

At a time when our industry is looking to rebuild and grow its workforce and talent, we know being a part of and gaining the benefits of peer-to-peer connections and learning are critical to our current and next generations of professionals.

And importantly, completing the survey also provides your voice and views to help GBTA serve your needs when it comes to future education and programming needs, while also gaining professional and career growth for yourself or someone else who could benefit.

We thank all of you who take a minute to take the survey. We will announce the granted memberships later in the year.

And building even more on our community, there are just a few more days remaining in the WINIT annual awards nomination process. You can submit nominations until end of day September 29, and winners will be announced around/at the WINiT Gala in New York City October 27.

Recognize yourself or pay it forward – it’s a win-win for our industry.


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News to Know

DOT to Demand Fee Transparency from Airlines and Ticket Sellers

The Department of Transportation will propose a rule requiring sellers of airline tickets to disclose extra fees upfront. Airlines, third party sellers and metasearch sites will have to clearly disclose baggage fees, change fees, cancellation fees and family-seating fees to consumers whenever fare and schedule information is provided for flights to, within and from the U.S., the DOT said in a news release. Further, the DOT will also propose to require carriers and ticket agents to enable consumers traveling with a young child to purchase the seats with the fare at all points of sale. (TRAVEL WEEKLY)


Business Travel Recovery Accelerates ‘More Quickly’ Than Expected

The recovery of business travel during 2022 has happened more quickly than most travel buyers had expected at the start of the year. A survey of North American and European travel and procurement specialists, published by corporate travel technology firm HRS and the GBTA, found that 54 per cent had seen travel accelerate either “more quickly” or “much more quickly” this year than they had anticipated back in January. (BTN EUROPE)

Read more News to Know and GBTA News and Reminders


India’s Growing Aircraft Fleet Prompts Regulator to Hire More Employees (SIMPLE FLYING)

Average Ancillary Revenue per Passenger Jumps 39% Since 2019 (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

Frankfurt Airport’s Center Runway to Close for Two Weeks Due to Essential Maintenance (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

Breaking: Virgin Atlantic to Join the SkyTeam Alliance (SIMPLE FLYING)


US Hotel Group Demand Expected to Improve (COSTAR)


U.S. Outlines Roadmap to Boost Sustainable Aviation Fuel (REUTERS)

We Don’t Have to Travel Less to Save the Planet (AFAR)


Contactless Payment Hits Milestone After Recent Launch in Ontario, Canada (INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT)

Business Travel Is Back and So Are the Cybercriminals: 3 Ways to Avoid Becoming a Target (PACIFICINNO)

Canada Dropping Travel Mask Mandate and Ending COVID-19 Border and Quarantine Restrictions as of Oct 1 (CTV NEWS)

Industry Spotlight

GBTA Applauds Details To Boost SAF Production in the U.S.

GBTA issued a statement yesterday supporting the recent announcement on next steps in the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Grand Challenge.

The Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge is the result of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other federal government agencies working together to develop a comprehensive strategy for scaling up new technologies to produce sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) on a commercial scale. The SAF Grand Challenge Roadmap Report lays out six action areas spanning all activities with the potential to impact the SAF Grand Challenge objectives of expanding SAF supply and end use; reducing the cost of SAF; and enhancing the sustainability of SAF.

GBTA strongly supports efforts to scale up new technologies to produce SAF on a commercial scale and put the aviation sector on a pathway to full decarbonization by 2050.

“SAF will play a critical role in decarbonizing aviation by 2050 – but a dramatic acceleration of production capabilities and overall supply is vital,” said Suzanne Neufang GBTA CEO.

Read Full GBTA Statement


GBTA Conference 2022 - Brussels in Partnership with VDR
Price Break Ends Tomorrow, 28 September.
Join Us in Brussels.

Join us in Brussels for GBTA Conference 2022 – Brussels in Partnership with VDR | 8 -10 November - price break ends tomorrow, 28 September! Learn More

This year’s venue is situated on the imposing Mont des Arts with a broad vista over Brussels, SQUARE sits in the historical and cultural heart of the city, very close to the centre of European government. View Venue

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Don’t forget to join tomorrow's GBTA webinar!

On Wednesday, Anthony Rader, Director of Distribution Strategy at American Airlines and Johnny Thorsen, VP of Partnerships at Spotnana will be discussing the value of a modern personalized travel shopping experience.

Curious to learn how we are streamlining the travel shopping experience with new personalization features? Register before it’s too late!

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