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October 17, 2022

WINiT by GBTA Announces “Top 50 Women in Travel” for 2022

WINiT by GBTA announced today its “Top 50 Women in Travel” award winners for 2022 recognizing outstanding women professionals from across the globe for their impact in elevating women in travel-related industries and who were nominated by industry peers and colleagues for their contributions.

“The WINiT Top 50 distinction celebrates women who actively inspire and invest in the growth and success of women in our industry,” said Michelle (Mick) Lee, Founder and Chair, WINiT by GBTA. “As our industry continues to face unprecedented change, ensuring that women get the recognition they deserve and the support they need to continue to foster their own career – and that of others – to serve in leadership positions, is critical to the future of our industry.” 

The GBTA WINiT “Top 50 Women in Travel” for 2022 are (in alphabetical order by last name):

Argie Agrapides | Mercedes Blanco | Doreen Burse | Laura Choules | Kim Conway | Amelia DeLuca | Carol Fergus | Christina Foerster | Laura Fuentes | Aileen Furlong | Jessica Gillingham | Emily Goldfischer | Terri Haack | Kim Hamer | Whitnee Hawthorne | Mary Ellen Hess | Estelle Hollingsworth | Rachel Humphrey | Eva Ramírez Ibarra | Christle Johnson | Colleen Kearney | Tara Ketcham | Beth Kinerk | Grace Knowlton | Kelly Kuhn | Michèle Lawley | Michelle (Mick) Lee | Liza Lewis | Stephanie Linnartz | Rosemary Maloney | Anna McConnell | Heather McCrory | Traci Mercer | Malaika Myers | Swapna Nair | Sharlene Ketwaroo-Nanoo | Lisa Oxentine | Juliann Pless | Christina Reichelt | Tammy Routh | Jenny Sabineu | Kristen Shovlin | Jenn Smukler | Caroline Strachan | Lindsay Straub | Alison Taylor | Denise Truso | Rita Visser | Elizabeth West | Emma Wilson

Read today’s full announcement here.

The Top 50 award winners will also be recognized at the upcoming GBTA WINiT Awards and Gala to be held Thursday, October 27th in New York City. Additional awards to be presented during the gala include: Most Innovative Trailblazer, Outstanding Woman of the Year, Rising Female Leader, Best Mentor or Coach, and Company Culture Supporting for Women to Advance and Succeed. Visit here to learn more and how you can join WINiT.


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GBTA Supports CountEmissionsEU Initiative for Harmonised Framework to Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions

GBTA has issued a statement and filed a position paper in support of the European Commission's initiative to propose a harmonised framework for calculating and reporting greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector, called CountEmissionsEU.

CountEmissionsEU will ensure that the right data is provided, and a common calculation methodology is in place, paving the way for effective decarbonisation of the business travel sector currently hindered by the fragmented methodologies. A harmonised methodology will also provide benchmarks for measuring progress toward corporate sustainability goals.

As a truly global association, GBTA hopes that this regulation will become a global standard. GBTA has engaged with European officials to obtain more information on the direction of regulation and to raise awareness of the complexities of the sector. Click on the links to read GBTA’s statement and full position paper on the CountEmissionsEU proposal.


Registration is open for this joint event in Asia

December 8 - 9, 2022

Join us for this two-day education and tradeshow event on December 8-9 for this joint event in Bangkok at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) Bangkok, Thailand. Where we will address sustainability and best practices in the tourism, MICE, and corporate travel spheres, main stage themes have now been announced, and speakers to be announced shortly.

  • Blended Travel
  • Sustainability and its impact on the current and future of travel (Leisure, MICE, Business)
  • Travel Risk Management
  • The Future of Travel
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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

France - Unionized workers plan multi-sector strikes across France, Oct. 17-18. Travel disruptions likely.

Germany - Eurowings' pilots plan to strike across Germany Oct. 17-19. Airport and flight disruptions likely.

Philippines - Increased volcanic activity ongoing at Mayon Volcano in Albay Province, Philippines, as of Oct. 17. Evacuations, disruptions possible.

Russia - Russia extends flight restrictions at 10 southwestern airports and one airport in Crimea until at least Oct. 22.

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Upcoming Events
Beyond Travel Risk Management
Tomorrow, 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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April Bridgeman, Senior Vice President, BCD Travel and member of GBTA’s Sustainability Leadership Council, shares their insights on what is needed to build a greener future for business travel.

Join GBTA | Global Business Travel Association and other sustainability leaders as we work towards solutions at our upcoming Sustainability Summit, November 8 in Brussels.

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