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October 25, 2022

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Putting Words Into Action for Sustainable Business Travel

We are all systems go for Brussels! Demand is high for our Sustainability Summit on November 8. And for the European Conference November 8-10, with attendees from more than 24 countries already registered – that’s twice as many buyers signed up now as attended our Berlin event in late February of this year… This is another sign that in-person conferences are recovering at a healthy pace and that in-person collaboration is driving the demand to meet. We hope to see even more of you there… Register here.

One of the Summit highlights is the interactive think tank session where attendees will provide insights and input for GBTA’s Industry Climate Action Plan which will outline concrete pathways for our industry to deliver positive change. We are an industry transforming itself for the future of our sector, people and the planet. Be part of the process in Brussels as we map the journey for the global business travel sector toward reducing emissions by 50% by 2030 and achieving net zero by 2050.

Important conversations around emissions reduction and achieving net zero are taking place across our industry -- the United Airlines’ Eco-Skies Alliance meeting that took place last week is just one example among many. Our industry is ramping up with planning and actions toward making tangible impacts on climate action goals. Getting there will require us to keep experimenting, keep collaborating, to find the best way forward.

GBTA also continues to take action to ensure our collective purpose is heard when it comes to sustainability. GBTA recently issued a position paper supporting the European Commission’s initiative to propose a harmonized framework for calculating and reporting greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector, called CountEmissionsEU.  As our members make reducing their business travel carbon footprint a priority, being able to consistently track, measure and benchmark emissions data will be essential to achieving our goals.  


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News to Know

Americans Are Determined to Travel, Despite Inflation Concerns

ASTA’s research indicates that 40% of travelers are spending more on travel this year than they did before the pandemic, outranking increased spending for cars (36%), home improvement (32%), entertainment (31%) or electronics and technology (28%). That number is even higher for 2023, when 75% of respondents plan to spend the same or more on trips. (TRAVEL AGE WEST)

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Bamboo Airways Selects Amadeus IT Systems as It Eyes Global Expansion (SIMPLE FLYING)

American Signs New GDS Agreements for Expanded '23 NDC (BTN)

Turkish Airlines Is the Best Airline in Europe in 2022 Skytrax World Airline Awards (MANILA TIMES)

Shrinking Airline Seat Comments Deadline Looms (TRAVEL MOLE)

Is It Time to Reevaluate Your Airline Loyalty and Mileage Program? (FORBES)


How a Regional Airline Is Becoming a Leader in Sustainability (PHOCUSWIRE)


Hyatt Centric Expands to Southeast Asia (4HOTELIERS)

Industry Spotlight

GBTA Survey
Membership Giveaway and Education Survey

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.



GBTA Conference 2022 - Brussels in Partnership with VDR
Join our Think Tank Session: Driving Action to Net Zero Travel

Join Chris Elmitt, CEO, Livve and Members of GBTA Sustainability Leadership Council as they guide delegates through an interactive think tank session in Brussels. They will outline our Industry Action Plan, aligned with the five pathways of the Declaration: Measure, Decarbonise, Regenerate, Collaborate, Finance.



Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Asia - Increased threat of flooding and landslides during the annual northeast monsoon season across Southeast Asia through early April.

Central African Republic - Further protests over proposed constitutional changes possible in Bangui, CAR, after demonstrations Oct. 22. Avoid all gatherings.

Germany - WWII bomb disposal operation planned in Bischofsheim, Germany, Oct. 25; evacuations in place. Transport disruptions likely.

New Zealand - Train disruptions occurring in Auckland, New Zealand, due to track fault Oct. 25. Increased demand for alternative transport possible.

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Upcoming Events
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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Opening session: En Route to Net Zero | What to Expect from COP27, and what role can businesses play in leading the transformation?

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