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October 4, 2022

Check-In With Suzanne

The Many Ways We’re Empowering Our Future

This week I wanted to recognize an area which doesn’t always get the spotlight it deserves but is important, appreciated, and needed to sustain our future: the valuable role and contributions of our members who volunteer to serve on GBTA committees.

Currently 300+ members are engaged across 20 regional and global committees and advise GBTA on the latest trends and best practices in their respective topic areas. This week they start a Virtual Committee Summit series where they will come together online for committee planning, best practice sharing, roundtable discussions and more to serve GBTA members and the industry looking forward. Are you interested in joining their ranks as a GBTA committee member? Learn more here.

Late last month, I spent two inspiring days in my hometown during NYC’s Climate Week, learning and connecting around one of our industry’s most important topics: sustainability. In the U.S., we’ve recently seen the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act, designed to provide tax credits for SAF use. And making news even more recently, GBTA also voiced its support for the new plans for the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge, a roadmap of six action areas for expanding supply, reducing cost and enhancing the sustainability of SAF.

AT GBTA, we’re committed to building a greener future for business travel. The road ahead is leading to our next major milestone in the journey: the upcoming GBTA Sustainability Summit on November 8. The event is held in conjunction with the GBTA Europe Conference, November 8-10, and we hope many of you will be able to join us in Brussels for this timely and relevant first-ever gathering.

And we continue to mark our industry recovery journey as well. This Thursday, GBTA will be unveiling the latest results from our 29th Business Travel Recovery Poll. Watch this space to find out what our industry is seeing and saying since our last poll in June. We’ll share the collective analysis on what you’ve told us including recovery sentiment, bookings, spending, and economic trends for global business travel, now and into 2023. Thanks to the many hundreds of you who continue to respond to our regular call to find out “what’s happening.”

Wishing you safe and productive travels,


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News to Know

Russia loses spot on U.N. aviation group's governing council

Russia has lost its seat on the governing council of the United Nations' aviation organization. In a vote held Friday, Russia fell six votes short of the 86 needed to remain on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council. The vote was held among the 193 member states of ICAO, which is convening in Montreal for its general assembly. (TRAVEL WEEKLY)


European cities to see hotel prices increase in 2023

Hotel prices are set to rise “across the board” in 2023 with European cities likely to see some of the steepest increases, according to a new report from American Express Global Business Travel. The travel management company’s Hotel 2023 Prices report said that hotel companies face an “array of challenges” that will push up prices, including staff shortages, dealing with pent-up demand and soaring inflation. (BTN EUROPE)

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Singapore Airlines Adds Services to East Asia As Border Policies Relax (SIMPLE FLYING)

Hong Kong Airline Crews to Be Allowed Free Movement on Layovers (SIMPLE FLYING)

Malaysia New Budget Airline Aims for Cheaper Fares Than AirAsia (NIKKEI)

US DOT Approves Delta Airlines and LATAM Airline Joint Venture (AIRPORT-TECHNOLOGY)


Four Scenarios for the Future of Travel (PHOCUSWIRE)


Travelers Call for Tech-Enabled Solutions at International Borders (PHOCUSWIRE)

Japan’s Rakuten Travel Gears Up for Return of International Visitors (PHOCUSWIRE)

The Take: Know Before You Go Can Make Bleisure Trips Fun – and Reimbursable (SAP)

Two-thirds of UK Businesses Plan to Boost Business Travel Spend by 50 Percent or More (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Industry Spotlight

GBTA Sustainability Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide for Travel Managers on their Climate Journey

Protecting our planet and people – which means fighting the disastrous impacts of climate change – requires collective and urgent efforts.

As business leaders commit to their own net zero strategies, corporate travel managers are being asked to track and reduce emissions from business travel.

The task is daunting. How to collect accurate data? How to account for emissions across the full business travel journey? What are credible alternatives to reduce emissions from travel? How can we encourage employees to choose greener travel options? And how to even recognize these sustainable travel options in the first place?

The toolkit will not only inform more sustainable travel management, but empower teams with the knowledge and skillset they need to truly make a difference for their companies and the planet.

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Asia - Southwest monsoon likely to cause flooding and landslides across South Asia, northern Southeast Asia through October. Disruptions likely.

Australia - Heavy rainfall forecast across much of Australia through at least Oct. 10. Flooding and disruptions possible.

South Africa - Flights were canceled at Cape Town International Airport, South Africa, Oct. 2 and 3 due to an aviation fuel shortage.

United Kingdom - Unionized port workers to launch strike at Port of Liverpool, UK, Oct. 11-17. Plan for disruptions.

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GBTA Conference 2022 – Milano
Tomorrow, October 5
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM CEST

Sustainability: Why it’s so important, and where to start
October 12 | 1:00 PM

Beyond Travel Risk Management
October 18
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

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

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Join on the 8th November for GBTA’s first ever Sustainability Summit at the Square – Brussels Convention Centre. This one-day, high-level event, will bring together experts, industry and policy leaders to outline concrete solutions to decarbonize business travel, in alignment with the Paris Climate Goals – and concurrently to the 27th UN Climate Summit. Learn More

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