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  • New GBTA Foundation report reveals companies may lack safety services and visibility into business travel plans

    Latest study uncovers the impact business traveller booking behaviour has on safety A new Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Foundation report finds that more than three-quarters of business travellers in the U.K., Germany and France agree that their organisations care about their safety while travelling for work. Conducted in partnership with Concur, the How Traveller Booking Behaviour Impacts Safety study, also found risk management services supporting business travellers are still far from comprehensive and universal. “During these times of global uncertainty, business leaders have a responsibility to know where…

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  • Travel coalition supports the TSA Modernization Act

    On October 24, a coalition of travel associations sent a letter to the Senate Leadership urging support for S. 1872, the TSA Modernization Act. A copy of that letter can be found here. The TSA Modernization Act would advance the deployment of new technologies at security checkpoints, mitigate risks to public areas at airports, and reduce delays in air travel. The bill would also give the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) additional tools to expand TSA PreCheck, a valuable trusted traveler…

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  • Compensation for travel buyers up 5.5 per cent year-over-year

    Average compensation for U.S. travel buyers saw a 5.5 per cent year-over-year increase in 2017, reaching an average of $107,000, according to new findings. Median salaries are also up, increasing 7.5 per cent to $98,000. The GBTA Foundation’s 2017 Compensation and Benefits study delves into salaries, bonuses and benefits for U.S. travel buyers and reveals differences in compensation based on a variety of factors including experience, region, position, company travel spend, and gender. Compensation disparities The largest gap in compensation…

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  • GBTA unveils speaker lineup for fourth annual ERM Symposium in Calgary

    The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, has unveiled the speaker lineup for GBTA Canada’s fourth annual Energy, Resources & Marine Symposium 2017 Calgary, on October 3. This event is geared towards buyers who manage travel within companies in the energy, resources and marine sectors. Business travel professionals will be able to partake in education sessions, discussion panels, and exclusive networking opportunities. “We are delighted to welcome a variety of industry leaders to…

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  • Top five travel management company questions asked and answered

    In 2016, organizations invested significantly in business travel, with global business travel spend approaching $1.3 trillion. However, as companies increasingly invest in business travel, they must equally invest in a managed travel program that balances employee needs with corporate goals. Unraveling the intricacies of travel management can be daunting without a travel management company (TMC) in tow, so the GBTA Foundation partnered with U.S. Bank to outline the considerations involved in choosing a TMC. 1. Do I need a TMC?…

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  • GBTA partners with MPI to deliver new meeting and event education track at GBTA conference

    The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) have announced the two associations are collaborating to present meeting and event focused education at GBTA Conference 2017 Frankfurt in Partnership with VDR, taking place in Frankfurt, 28-30 November. GBTA’s European Meetings Committee, in partnership with MPI, will deliver four engaging educational sessions during the conference, sharing best practices from companies across the globe as well as industry-leading case…

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  • Siegfried W. Kiefer to keynote Energy, Resources & Marine Symposium 2017 Calgary

    The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, has announced Siegfried W. Kiefer as the keynote speaker for GBTA Canada’s fourth annual Energy, Resources & Marine Symposium 2017 Calgary, on October 3. Siegfried W. Kiefer, President of Canadian Utilities Limited, is a leading executive in the provincial energy sector and will be providing insights into the future of Canada and Alberta’s oil, gas and resources companies. “We are thrilled to host Siegfried W. Kiefer…

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  • Global business travel poised for strong advance but uncertainty lingers in the United States

    Global business travel spend approached US$1.3 trillion in 2016 Global business travel spend approached US$1.3 trillion in 2016, advancing only 3.5 per cent over 2015 levels, according to the GBTA BTI Outlook – Annual Global Report & Forecast, a new report released at GBTA Convention 2017 by the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of GBTA. Pending many global uncertainties, business travel spending is expected to accelerate significantly in 2018, advancing 6.1 per cent, followed by roughly 7.0 per…

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  • Mixing work and play: New study profiles the bleisure traveller

    Overwhelming majority of bleisure travellers stay at same lodging for business and leisure portions of trip In the past year, over one-third (37 per cent) of North American business travellers extended a work trip for leisure, according to a new study released by the GBTA Foundation, the research and education arm of the Global Business Travel Association. Millennials (48 per cent) did so at a much higher rate than Gen-X travellers (33 per cent) and Baby Boomers (23 per cent)…

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  • Are corporate travel programs getting the hotel rates they negotiate?

    By Kate Vasiloff, GBTA Foundation The GBTA Foundation, the education arm of the Global Business Travel Association, in partnership with HRS Global Hotel Solutions, conducted a global survey to assess if and how travel managers audit their hotel rates as well as reasons why some travel programs choose not to do so. Globally, 86 per cent of travel managers audit their negotiated hotel contract information, including rates, amenities and other negotiated features, once it is loaded into the system to…

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