All posts by Mike McCormick

Uncertainty Over Travel Ban Puts Business Travel and the Economy at Risk


GBTA Releases Latest U.S. Business Travel Forecast Earlier this month, GBTA released data showing the dramatic bottom line impact President Trump’s executive order banning travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries has had on business travel. In the week following the ban, approximately $185 million in business travel bookings were lost as the

The Ruling on the Travel Ban: A Lose-Lose Scenario for Business Travel and the Economy


New Data Reveals Dramatic Bottom Line Impact On Tuesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard arguments from the Department of Justice and opposing attorneys from the states of Washington and Minnesota before they decide the fate of President Trump’s executive order banning travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority

Silence is Golden


#NoCallsOnPlanes Cell phone calls on U.S. airlines could soon become a reality. When it comes to cell phone calls on planes, GBTA believes silence is golden. As the late Pete Seeger, a champion of folk music and social change, said, there is a time to speak out and a time to keep silent. Under its

After Court Order, U.S. Authorities Suspend Enforcement of Travel Ban


*Updated Sunday, February 5 at 12:30pm ET* This blog post is meant to provide you with the latest information regarding President Trump’s executive order banning travel to the United States of citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. We will continue to keep you updated as new information becomes available, so that

Nearly One-Half of European Travel Professionals Expect President Trump’s Travel Ban to Create Immediate Travel Disruption


In a follow-up to a poll of U.S. members earlier this week, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the business travel industry, polled its European members on President Trump’s executive order banning travel to the United States of citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Nearly half (49 percent)

Is Election Year Uncertainty Putting U.S. Businesses at Risk?


Today, the GBTA Foundation released its latest quarterly U.S. business travel forecast, slightly downgrading our expectations from the previous quarter. Uncertainty around the upcoming presidential election is among the factors influencing our more pessimistic outlook for U.S. business travel spending through 2017. Along with the uncertainty surrounding the election, sluggish global expansion, low inflation, weak

Stronger Together: GBTA Urges Policymakers to Keep Visa-Free Travel Reciprocity in Place Between Europe and the United States


GBTA has long supported and advocated for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) in the United States, which allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the United States without obtaining a visa for stays of up to 90 days for business or leisure, but not for employment, study or residency. By making it easier for

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