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December 15, 2022

GBTA Europe Advocacy Wrap-Up for 2022

GBTA has had a very active year advocating for the interests of the business travel sector. The association has successfully reinstated its strong presence in Brussels in the post-COVID world and reinforced its ties with local stakeholders and policymakers.

In 2022, GBTA has represented the business travel sector in a total of 16 meetings including with the European Commission, Council of the European Union, and EU stakeholders including Airlines for Europe, Community of European Railway, and the Tourism Manifesto  

GBTA has moreover responded to four public consultations, published two position papers, and issues numerous press releases expressing the view of the section. Additionally, GBTA hosted its first Global Sustainability Summit in Brussels, bringing together nearly 300 delegates from around the world.  

Read all the details here in the December GBTA Europe Advocacy newsletter on what’s happening in relation to business travel in Brussels, and how GBTA is advocating on behalf of members and the industry.


Airlines Issue Travel Alerts, Waivers as Storm Sweeps Across the U.S. (YAHOO!)

Delta Sees Air Travel Boom Nearly Doubling Its 2023 Earnings (REUTERS)

United Airlines Sees Year-End Holiday Travel Soaring (SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS JOURNALS)


The Sustainable Markets Initiative Launches Task Force to Accelerate Hospitality Sustainability (4HOTELIERS)


Green Motion Opens Airport Location in Lisbon (AUTO RENTAL NEWS)


Convention Center Bookings Boost Optimism for Hotel Group Business in 2023 (COSTAR)

Business-Travel Recovery Demands Data-Led Budgeting (RACONTEUR)

Travel Marketing Trends for 2023 (4HOTELIERS)

Industry Spotlight

GBTA Conference 2023 | Mexico City
15-16 March 2023

Registration is now open!

Early Bird until January 24

GBTA Conference 2023 I Mexico City will offer you networking spaces, spaces to share experiences and take a leap in your professional development, an opportunity to hear the latest Industry news for travel managers, travel service providers and corporate event managers.

It is very important, now more than ever, that we come together and devise new strategies to develop (and protect) our industry. The heart of the growth of the corporate travel industry is the value of our bonds, join us at Hilton Reforma Mexico City in March.

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Payment Solutions Committee
Virtual Payments Toolkit

GBTA’s Payment Solutions Committee presents the Virtual Payment Toolkit for Lodging. Items within this toolkit are a compilation of recommendations and suggestions for ways to minimize VCN usage conflicts by travelers, buyers, and suppliers - created based off stakeholder experiences with VCN. The toolkit includes: what is a virtual card number (VCN), what are players, PCI rules, best practices for TMCs, hoteliers and buyers, RFPs, and typical information contained in a VCN payment.

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

China - Officials in Beijing, China, end localized lockdown measures as of Dec. 15. Eased COVID-19 testing requirements continue.

Kenya - Authorities warn about a potential attack in Nairobi, Kenya, during the December Christmas period. Increased security measures are likely.

Peru - Protests, roadblocks, and airport closures continue throughout Peru as of Dec. 14 following the arrest of President Pedro Castillo.

United States - Damages, disruptions reported following the passage of a tornado over the New Orleans area, La., US, Dec. 14.

Western, Central, and Southern Europe - Monkeypox (mpox) cases were identified in new areas of Europe in December; Spain most affected. Use basic health precautions.

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Upcoming Events

Travel Risk Management Bootcamp Understanding and Implementing ISO31030
January 17 - 18

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Didn’t make the GBTA Sustainability Summit in Brussels? This virtual replay option gives you access to some of the most insightful presentations and education sessions from this first-ever Sustainability summit. Learn More

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GBTA Career Spotlight
Regional Manager, GBTA Canada

The Regional Manager, GBTA Canada is a vital role in the continued growth and success of GBTA’s region of Canada. Working as an extension of the Global Operations team, this role will be the main operational contributor for GBTA Canada. Learn More

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