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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The Senate filed a Continuing Resolution (CR) today that would keep the government running through December 9 of this year avoiding a government shutdown on October 1. The CR includes the following language on funding for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA): GBTA is pleased to see this language included, which will allow TSA to continue
*Update: Reports are there has been a partial rollback of the aggressive action TravelSky took. The major Chinese airlines have now restored the ability of foreign GDS’s to sell many (but not all) of their fares through foreign agents.* The announcement of TravelSky’s unilateral decision to discontinue the sale of domestic China flights on
*The following speech was delivered today at GBTA Convention 2016.* Security The world is a dangerous place. Using our best efforts as a society, we try to protect all of our global citizens from acts of terrorism. But in a world of 7.3 billion people, we will never fully succeed despite all of our best
GBTA Convention 2016 is just around the corner. Hope to see you there!
In a referendum vote yesterday, the people of the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union. For a briefing on what this means, click here. The following statement can be attributed to Michael W. McCormick, GBTA Executive Director and COO of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the business travel
The First-Time Attendee Orientation & Luncheon is always one of my favorite parts of Convention. Attending a conference for the first time can be intimidating for anyone, especially when it involves 7,000 attendees and a jam-packed conference schedule. This lunch does away with the intimidation factor though, showing first-timers that they are not alone and
TSA is on the front lines of a battle and must strategically deploy its officers to protect the nation. Reports and videos of lengthy airport screening lines are rolling in. GBTA has been in discussions with our membership about this since February and warned members in this video blog in March that we expected to
After welcoming more than 100 GBTA members to Washington, D.C. last night with a reception and a tour of the Capitol, today officially kicks off our 14th annual Legislative Symposium. Over the next two days, GBTA members will advocate for the future of the business travel industry and ask lawmakers to pass the FAA now,
In response to the expansion of the scope of the Value Added Tax (VAT) in China, GBTA issued the press release below: On 5 March 2016, China’s Premier Li Keqiang announced the expansion of the scope of the Value Added Tax (VAT) to several key sectors including hospitality to take effect from 1 May 2016.