All posts by Marianne Varkiani

Week in Review


The United States is projected to lose $1.3 billion in travel-related expenditures in 2017, including hotels, food, rental cars and shopping expenses that inbound travelers would have spent. According to GBTA, $250 million will be lost in spending from inbound business travelers from Europe and the Middle East. The Verge claims Trump’s laptop ban on

Week in Review


According to Buying Business Travel, the U.S. will likely impose a laptop ban on flights from the UK and Europe. Bloomberg reports European airlines are bracing for the expansion of the electronics ban. Newsweek states U.S. airlines and Homeland Security officials met to discuss the possibility of the laptop ban expansion. According to Skift, Southwest

Week in Review


On Tuesday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on U.S. airline customer service featuring representatives from United, Alaska, Southwest, American and the Consumers Union. According to Skift, members of Congress urged executives to improve their customer service and questioned airlines’ overbooking practices. GBTA released a statement on the hearing, sharing results from

Home-sharing for Business Travel – A Shifting Landscape


Thanks to the internet as an intermediary, the sharing economy has connected millions of individuals looking for alternatives to traditional services. The home-sharing marketplace, in particular, has evolved at such a rapid pace that some travel managers have yet to assess the benefits and risks of allowing such properties in their travel policy. Industry leaders

Week in Review


According to The Hill, an FCC chairman has called for blocking the proposal that would allow in-flight cell phone calls by passengers. TechCrunch provided an in-depth look at why airlines overbook their flights, in light of the United incident. Home-sharing properties are allowed in one out of every six travel policies (17 percent), but more

GBTA Convention 2017 by the Numbers


We are only 96 days out from GBTA Convention 2017, where nearly 7,000 business travel professionals from around the world will be gathering in Boston for state-of-the-art education, exclusive networking opportunities and news on the latest innovations in the industry. Don’t miss out on the business travel event of the year!

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