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  • Virtual Meetings During Pandemic Leading to Changes in Corporate Events

    The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) recently published findings from a study into organizations’ corporate meetings and events strategy as a result of the pandemic, and found that the number of hybrid meetings is set to double by the end of 2021. The year 2020 will likely be remembered for virtual meetings among other things (masks, hand sanitizer, social distancing etc.), but into 2021 the trend moves toward hybrid meetings. Before the pandemic, approximately seven in 10 respondents (71 per…

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  • GBTA Revises Dates for ‘Back to Business’ Travel Event

    The world’s largest business travel association has pushed back its annual convention to late fall. The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) decided to change the dates to Nov. 17-19, after taking into consideration feedback from members, exhibitors and sponsors, and in recognition of the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global travel sector. It will still take place in Orlando, Fla. “This shift allows us to better accommodate all our members, especially those travelling from outside the U.S.,…

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  • New GBTA Executive Director Aims to Lead Business Travel out of Pandemic

    The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has named Suzanne Neufang as the new executive director after a months-long search. “Suzanne is unquestionably the visionary to lead business travel to a complete recovery in the years ahead,” says GBTA president, Bhart Sarin. “It will be a distinct privilege to support her as we complete our integration of GBTA and ACTE and build on the momentum of the Ready. Safe. Travel. campaign toward our annual convention in July.” Neufang was chosen by…

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  • Live Events to Rebound in Big Way, Survey Says

    In-person business meetings and events will surge in 2021, according to a recent Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) poll of its members — the fourteenth of its kind since the onset of the pandemic. “What we’re seeing in this latest poll is a number of reasons for the business travel industry to be optimistic about 2021, especially toward the middle of the year,” says GBTA’s interim executive director, Dave Hilfman. “As the vaccine rollout gains momentum and if we see…

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  • World’s Largest Business Travel Association Acquires Defunct ACTE

    The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has acquired key assets of the defunct Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) as part of its pledge to unify the industry and help lead business travel out of the COVID-19 crisis. “We are beyond thrilled to bring GBTA and ACTE together, creating one home for the thousands of business travel professionals who will collectively bring back business travel bigger and better than ever,” says GBTA president, Bhart Sarin. As part of the integration…

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  • Study Shows Increased Confidence in COVID-19 Business Restoration

    Most companies are planning COVID-19 recovery for 2020, with one-third preparing for it in the next three months, according to a new report by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). “The global business travel industry remains at a standstill but we are finally beginning to see some light at the end of this very long tunnel,” says GBTA CEO, Scott Solombrino. GBTA is a business travel and meetings trade organization with operations on six continents. It surveyed almost 1,600 member…

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  • Arlene Dickinson to speak at 2019 GBTA Conference in Toronto

    The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced Arlene Dickinson as a featured keynote speaker for GBTA Conference 2019 – Toronto, taking place April 15-17, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. “It will be a true pleasure to welcome yet another iconic Canadian, Arlene Dickinson, to the stage at our 15th annual Toronto conference,” said Nancy Tudorache, GBTA director of operations, Canada. “Ms. Dickinson is a household name having been on…

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  • GBTA unveils speaker lineup for Western Canada Business Travel Symposium

    Press Release GBTA, the voice of the global business travel industry, today unveiled the speaker lineup for its sold-out Western Canada Business Travel Symposium in Calgary on Thursday, October 18. This event is an evolution of the Energy, Resources & Marine Symposium that has taken place annually in Calgary from 2014 to 2017. Our 2018 symposium will feature keynote speakers and education sessions focusing on business travel, logistics and crew/camp movement, and accommodations within the industry sectors of oil, gas,…

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  • Technology, innovation and security were the hot topics of GBTA Conference 2018 – Toronto

    All new tech talks designed to identify new technology platforms The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – wrapped up yet another successful conference in Toronto this week. Technology, innovation and security were among the hot topics discussed throughout the industry gathering bringing together travel professionals and industry leaders for Canada’s premiere business travel event. The Conference saw more than 800 registrants and record attendance despite mother nature’s best attempts to keep…

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  • Business travel responsible for $40.1 billion in Canadian GDP, creates over 573,000 jobs

    Canadian business travel expenditures reached $35.8 billion in 2016 A new report issued at GBTA Conference 2018 – Toronto reveals the high potential of business travel to drive economic development and business success. The report, produced by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), in partnership with BCD Travel and Air Canada, also reveals the risk to the nation’s economy from a downturn in travel. The study, titled ‘The Canadian Business Travel Industry: Business Travel’s Impact on Jobs and the Canadian…

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