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December 13, 2022

Check-In With Suzanne

Collaboration with a Fresh, Strategic Approach in APAC

Over 200 attendees from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond gathered last week in Bangkok with a focus on “Getting Back to Business Travel, Tourism, and MICE” – the theme of the inaugural APAC Travel Summit organized by GBTA in partnership with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). The two-day event explored key themes and identified opportunities and trends in the ever-changing, dynamic recovery of the Asia-Pacific region.  

It was an incredible week… in many ways it revived the global-with-regional focus of the corporate travel space long held previously in APAC by the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (whose assets were bought by GBTA at the end of 2020). But this event also brought forward GBTA membership commitments and engagement on sustainability, the future of work, risk management, and wellbeing.

The event had attendees, speakers, sponsors and organizers focused on the region while giving context on a global scale. Sponsor booths were busy, the new convention center was spectacular, and programming and education were engaging and relevant – “strategic” and “fresh” were words used to describe the experience by more than one senior attendee in their comments to me. There was also recurring discussion onsite as to whether and how travel ecosystems would respond when China business travel continues to scale up, including pent-up demand and “revenge travel.” The exciting culmination of the event was announcing our intent to host a second PATA-GBTA APAC Travel Summit in Singapore in September 2023.

We have formed a solid partnership with PATA, even with nearly 100% remote interactions across 7- to 16-hour time zone differences. It was nice to meet our event partners face to face for the first time! We are truly grateful for the partnership with PATA and our industry sponsors, and we look forward to another great event in 2023. In APAC and across the global business travel community, I am excited to see how we are already setting up for success for the year ahead. 

GBTA also marked a milestone last week as we published our 100th podcast – this one featuring my conversation with Delphine Millot who heads up the GBTA Foundation and its mission to help our industry create a better future for people and the planet. “The Business of Travel” podcast series spotlights insightful and important topics through dialogue with industry leaders, subject matter experts and other guests. Check out the 100th episode and all the others here or wherever you get your podcasts.  



Delhi Airport Chaos: Government Steps in to Ease Situation (SIMPLE FLYING)

IATA Urges Countries to Release Blocked Airline Revenue (TRAVEL MOLE)

Severe Weather Increasingly Restricting Sydney Airport to Single Runway (SIMPLE FLYING)


Hotel Payment Software Platform Selfbook Announces a Strategic Investment From Amex Ventures (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)


Sustainability in the Hotel Industry: Commitment or Just Another Marketing Strategy? (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)


The Future of Self-Service (CUSTOMER THINK)

Recorded 83 Percent YoY Growth in Business Travel, Says OYO Report (HOSPITALITY)

CWT to Use New Partnership to Find Savings on Flights (BTN EUROPE)

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Happening Tomorrow
GBTA Europe Town Hall

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Australia - Aviation security personnel threaten to hold work stoppage at Canberra Airport (CBR) in Canberra, Australia, Dec. 16. Confirm flight status.

Bahrain - Protests are likely in Shi'a areas in Bahrain on National Day and Martyrs' Day, Dec 16-17. Transport and business disruption possible.

Peru - State of emergency declared in parts of Peru Dec. 12 as protests, roadblocks, and airport closures continue nationwide.

South Korea - Disability rights activists likely to continue to stage protests at subway stations in Seoul, South Korea, through at least late December.

United Kingdom - Unionized transport employees to stage multiple strikes in England, Scotland, and Wales Dec. 13-Jan. 7. Rail travel disruptions likely.

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January 17 - 18

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