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Week in Review


A federal appeals court in California allowed the Trump administration’s third travel ban to go into partial effect on Monday, NPR reports. The government may now bar foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the country if they have no ties to the United States. In other policy news, Business Traveller reports Trump has

Week in Review


According to Bloomberg, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson says Trump’s divisive languages and policies are pushing travelers to Canada. Business Traveler notes Air Canada now offers alternative payment options for its international customers. 4Hoteliers reports Singapore Changi Airport’s new Terminal 4 debuted this week. According to Skift, Storm Herwart’s high winds disrupted travel across Central Europe

What Happens After Something Happens?


As recent events have shown us, emergency preparedness can often be the difference between life and death. Over the past few months alone, we have witnessed the utter devastation caused by multiple natural disasters in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Texas and California. The question that comes to mind is: what happens to your employees

Week in Review


Last week, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the third iteration of Trump’s travel ban. According to Skift, the Trump administration is now appealing the judge’s order. NPR reports passengers flying to the U.S. will face heightened security screenings and new questionnaires. LCT Magazine notes Marcou Transportation Group, owner of Dav El | BostonCoach, acquired

Week in Review


Shortly before it was set to take effect, two federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked Trump’s third travel ban, reports Mother Jones. According to USA TODAY, United Airlines estimates hurricanes cost $210 million in revenue with 8,300 canceled flights. Travel Trade Daily reports Singapore Airlines added Android Pay and Apple Pay as payment options

The Convergence of First-Time Exhibitors


Nearly three months ago marked the final day of our 49th annual Convention in Boston. GBTA Convention 2017 featured over 400 exhibitors, including nearly 100 first-time exhibitors, giving both buyers and suppliers the unique opportunity to establish new relationships as well as fortify existing ones. GBTA has long been a proponent of face-to-face meetings and

Week in Review


According to The Verge, Delta will automatically check in passengers with its mobile app. Passengers who use the iOS app will automatically be sent boarding passes 24 hours prior to their flight, forgoing the need to check-in online. Skift reports Lufthansa is closing in on a deal to buy part of bankrupt carrier Air Berlin.

Week in Review


According to MarketWatch, Monarch Airlines declared bankruptcy and collapsed, leaving 110,000 passengers without flights. TTG Media reports AccorHotels snapped up hotel reservation company Gekko in a deal worth €100 million. Business Traveller notes that American Airlines made a $200 million equity investment in China Southern, with plans to begin codesharing before the end of 2017.

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