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GBTA Academy Announces Global Scholarship Program

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world's largest business travel association, is thrilled to announce that based on a new partnership and significant financial commitment from a global supplier partner who requests anonymity, the Association will be able to strengthen its Academy offerings and relaunch scholarships. The new scholarship program is designed to make education accessible for hundreds of members by offering financial assistance. As a result, GBTA members will...
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GBTA Poll: Vaccine a Game-Changer for a Return to Travel

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world's largest business travel association, finds most GBTA members and stakeholders (79%) would be "very comfortable" or "comfortable" traveling for business after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, and almost half support mandatory testing prior to travel to ensure the safety of customers and clients when meeting face-to-face.
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GBTA Completes Acquisition of ACTE

Alexandria, Virginia - The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world's largest business travel association, has completed its acquisition of key assets of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), continuing its pledge to unify the industry and help lead business travel out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Business Travelers Itching To Get Back On The Road

Half (50%) of GBTA travel buyer and procurement professionals feel their employees are 'willing' or 'very willing' to travel for business in the current environment. Only one in five (22%) GBTA members feel their employees are not willing, demonstrating a strong readyness to resume business travel.
Tags: Travel, Road, GBTA


Message from GBTA on Nigel Wardropper’s Passing

It is with incredible sadness that GBTA have to inform you that, Nigel Wardropper, Founder and Managing Director of PASA (Procurement and Supply Australasia) and Managing Director of btTB, GBTA Australia, sadly passed away at the weekend while walking his dogs on the beach with his wife Lesley.
Tags: Travel, Australia, GBTA, Nigel Wardropper, Nigel Wardropper Founder, PASA Procurement and Supply Australasia


Second Wave Brings Uncertainty to Business Travel Recovery

The majority of Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) companies expect their employees to return to in-person events in 2021. Almost half (45%) expect attendance to resume in the first half of the year, according to the latest poll conducted between September 15-19, 2020, by GBTA, with an additional 25% expecting a return to in-person events in the second half of 2021.
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How to Manage Your Employees and Clients Through the Pandemic

This week, GBTA Interim-Executive Director Dave Hilfman hosted well-respected travel industry human resources leader Patti Huska to share how to best get your organization and employees through this turbulent time. Huska is American Express Global Business Travel's (GBT) Chief People Officer and also serves on GBTA's WINiT Strategic Advisory Board.
Tags: Travel, American Express Global Business Travel, GBTA, Huska, GBTA Interim Executive, Dave Hilfman, Patti Huska


GBTA Urges For Enhanced Transatlantic Cooperation To Restore Safe Travels

GBTA, the Global Business Travel Association, reiterates the importance of cooperation between the EU, Canada and the US to restore safe travels and reboot the economy. GBTA is urging the European Commission, EU governments, Ottawa, and the White House to pursue talks to find a resolution for transatlantic travel, based on reciprocity, proportionality, and the latest scientific advice.
Tags: Travel, White House, US, Ottawa, EU Canada, Global Business Travel Association, GBTA, European Commission EU


GBTA Retains MCI USA To Undertake Comprehensive Organizational and Operations Review

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has engaged MCI USA, one of the nation's premier consulting groups serving member-based non-profit organizations, to provide a 360-degree organizational and operations audit designed to reset the Association and ensure GBTA's success in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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GBTA Board Issues Statement Regarding CEO

The GBTA Board of Directors issued the following statement to the GBTA staff and all GBTA members. All questions should be directed to David Leibowitz.
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Time To Resume Global Travel: GBTA Urges EU Governments To Lift Travel Restrictions In A Coordinated Manner

GBTA, the Global Business Travel Association, welcomes the European Commission's efforts to coordinate Europe's re-opening and the guidelines it published today on how to safely resume travel to the Schengen area. However, despite the recommendation to gradually start reopening external borders as of 1 July, the travel sector fears that EU countries may continue to act unilaterally, leading to the patchwork of rules and confusion already being experienced with the re-opening of Europe's i...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Eu, European Commission, Schengen, Global Business Travel Association, GBTA


GBTA Endorses the “Safe Stay” Campaign for Hotel Industry - Restoring consumer confidence will be key for recovery

GBTA, (Global Business Travel Association) is endorsing the "Safe Stay" campaign recently established by AHLA (American Hotel and Lodging Association).
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GBTA Industry Forum Series: Arne Sorenson, Marriott International

The GBTA | Global Business Travel Association welcomes one of the world's most regarded business leaders, Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International, to the Industry Forum Series.
Tags: Travel, Arne Sorenson, Marriott International, GBTA, Arne Sorenson Marriott International


GBTA's Hotel Rate Freeze Advice Ignites Controversy

The Global Business Travel Association is endorsing a postponement of the 2020 hotel request-for-proposals process until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, and "encourages hotels to roll all 2020 rates for 2021," the association announced last week. The response in the business travel industry has been mixed, not just regarding GBTA's position to roll rates over, but also that it offered a position at all.
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Global Business Travel Becomes The Latest Casualty Of The Coronavirus Pandemic

Business travel has become the latest casualty of the coronavirus pandemic by coming to a halt across the globe, according to the latest research conducted by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). This is the fifth poll that GBTA is releasing and the numbers are dire.
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GBTA Announces New Dates For Annual Convention

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, hosts an annual convention that brings together over 7,000 business travel professionals from more than 50 countries across the globe. This year's GBTA Convention was scheduled to take place in Denver on July 25-29, 2020.
Tags: Travel, Denver, Global Business Travel Association, GBTA


​CWT And GBTA Report: Drivers, Opportunities And Constraints To Improve Sustainability In The Travel Industry

CWT, the B2B4E travel management platform, and GBTA have published today 'The Big Idea: How Can We Make Business Travel More Sustainable?'. The report's findings stem from a large-scale brainstorm session on this topic, hosted during the GBTA Conference 2019 Munich and attended by senior industry professionals representing the travel management companies (TMCs), hotel, air, car and ancillary services, as well as the corporate buyer community from across Europe.
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GBTA Celebrates And Honors The Top 40 Women In Travel

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)—the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced the Top 40 Women in Travel. These outstanding women leaders were selected due to their contributions to the travel industry.
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WINiT Announces 2019 Gala Featuring Inaugural WINiT Awards

WINiT by GBTA, a network driving positive change for the career mobility of women in the travel-related industries, today announced the WINiT Gala will be held at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City on November 7. WINiT Gala 2019 will be an exclusive social event recognizing excellence in leadership in advancing women in travel-related industries.
Tags: Travel, New York City, Grand Hyatt New York, GBTA


GBTA renames hotel committees

The GBTA says the word ‘hotel’ no longer fully reflects the various accommodation options travel buyers are utilising or considering for their travel programs.
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GBTA launches podcast exploring business of travel

The Global Business Travel Association has launched a weekly podcast called The Business of Travel, which features industry experts and thought leaders exploring a range of key issues affecting the business travel industry.
Tags: Hotels, Global Business Travel Association, GBTA


GBTA unveils all-new digital platform at gbta.org

The new digital platform is easy to use, mobile-friendly, streamlined and most importantly makes searching for information simple.
Tags: Hotels, GBTA


Trump's Policies May Cost The U.S. $1.3 Billion, And That's Just In Travel

The U.S. will likely miss out on more than $1.3 billion in travel-related expenditures this year, in part due to the Trump administration’s policies, one international business travel group predicts. A loss in that range could mean thousands of lost jobs, and some other analysts project the overall monetary losses will be much higher. Political events like Brexit, President Donald Trump’s executive order “travel bans,” new laptop bans in the U.S. and U.K. and rumors of an expanded U.S. laptop b...
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Phocuswright and GBTA Partner to Launch Innovation Series at GBTA Convention 2017

Travel industry research authority Phocuswright and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced a partnership to launch the Innovation Series. This multifaceted, interactive program will bring the business travel industry's most impactful innovators to GBTA Convention 2017, July 15-19 in Boston. The Innovation Series and Innovation Row at Convention are sponsored by Travel Leaders Group."We are thrilled to join Phocuswri...
Tags: Travel, Boston, Phocuswright, Global Business Travel Association, GBTA, Travel Leaders Group, Boston Convention, Christle Johnson, Pete Comeau Phocuswright


GBTA on the forces shaping business travel today

While U.S. government actions in the past couple months have caused upheaval in the business travel world, the Global Business Travel Association executive director reminds us that the industry is dealing with all kinds of change at the moment.
Tags: Hotels, Global Business Travel Association, GBTA


GBTA study shows travel managers audit hotel rates infrequently

The study found that continuous rate auditing is rare among corporates - only 2 percent check rates weekly. And when errors are uncovered, the average difference between the negotiated rate and the rate that is loaded into the GDS is 13% - most often, the error benefits the hotel.
Tags: Hotels, GBTA


SXSW Issues Statement On Visa Problems, As They Work To Help Bands Enter U.S.

Following multiple reports that artists scheduled to showcase at SXSW have been turned back at the border, festival organizers have stepped up efforts to aid musicians entering the country.  At issue, according to an immigration attorney hired to advise SXSW, is the m isinterpretation by some border agents and U.S. officials of a long standing policy differentiating between promotional showcases and paid performances.   Jonathan Ginsburg, an expert in entertainment and immigratio...
Tags: Music, Obama, Washington, US, United States, CBP, State Department, Sxsw, Music Business, Conventions & Awards, Trump, Bruce Houghton, U S Department of State, Schumer, Visa Waiver Program, GBTA


Risk On The Road: Are Business Travelers Packing Fear In Their Briefcase? | By Mike McCormick

Business travelers face a variety of risks – from the mundane to the catastrophic, from pickpockets to global terrorism. In today's world it is important to be prepared no matter the destination. GBTA research shows nearly 85 percent of companies already have travel risk management programs in place and many of these include travel insurance and assistance services for business travelers. It is imperative that these plans are communicated to employees, so they are aware if an emergenc...
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ASTA, GBTA give Trump points for clarity in revised travel ban

ASTA and GBTA each said that the Trump administration's revised temporary travel ban appeared to be clearer than the first one, but the groups said they would monitor the effects.
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Trump's Travel Ban Cost The U.S. At Least $185 Million, Report Says

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