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Advocacy Matters


Before we embark on what is sure to be an eventful 2015 in the business travel industry, I wanted to take a moment to both reflect on the critical advocacy issues of 2014 and let you know the next steps in the process of setting our agenda for the coming year. Last year, both new

Looking Back on 2014


2014 has been quite a productive year for GBTA. Below are a few highlights of the many successes. As we wrap up the holiday season and approach 2015, I extend my personal thank you to GBTA members for your membership and engagement making all of these experiences possible. I would also like to send a

Congress Unanimously Reinstates Cap on TSA Fees


Last week, the Senate unanimously voted to recap security fees on airline tickets at $11.20 per round-trip ticket. The measure now sits with President Obama for his signature. This is a huge win for travelers as it closes an unintentional loophole that was costing road warriors millions of dollars. Road warriors, who are the most

U.S. Travel & Tourism Advisory Board At Work


This week, I participated in a Board meeting for the U.S. Travel & Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB).  As you may remember, I was appointed to serve on the TTAB on behalf of GBTA earlier this year.  During the meeting, four subcommittees made recommendations to the Board based on our last few months of research and

Week In Review


The Week in Review keeps you up-to-date on the latest business travel news. This week, GBTA has been at the ITB Asia conference where we unveiled our latest business travel spend report on China and Asia Pacific. Most notably, as Travel Daily Media reported, nearly 40% of business travel spending will come from Asia Pacific.

Last Week in Review


The Last Week in Review keeps you up-to-date on the latest business travel news. Last week’s GBTA poll on how North American businesses are reacting to the Ebola situation continues to make news with coverage in Roll Call. GBTA Executive Director Mike McCormick once again spoke with the New York Times about the importance of

Cap Needs to Be Reinstated on TSA Fees


Earlier this year, the Murray-Ryan budget deal boosted the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)  security fee to a maximum of $5.60 one-way, but the TSA interpreted that to mean that the $10 limit that had previously been in place was eliminated. The bill’s authors — the chair and ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee and

Hot Topics Today at Center Stage: Risk-Based Security & Future of Travel


Day three of GBTA Convention featured TSA Administrator John Pistole in a one-on-one interview with GBTA Executive Director Mike McCormick and Google’s Director of Travel Partnerships, David Pavelko sharing his vision of the future of travel. Administrator Pistole talked about TSA’s transition from a one-size-fits-all agency to a risk-based, intelligence agency allowing greater efficiency and

GBTA Legislative Symposium Underway


GBTA’s 2014 Legislative Symposium is underway. This morning more than 90 GBTA members from across the country gathered to hear Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) before they head off to Capitol Hill for a day of meetings with their elected representatives. Rep. Heck thanked the group for our support of the Jolt Act and encouraged the

GBTA’s Legislative Symposium Fast Approaching


The Legislative Symposium is fast approaching. On June 24 – 25, the business travel industry will be descending on the Nation’s capitol to spread the message that safe and secure business travel drives economic growth. High priority issues for the business travel industry include the possible doubling of the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) piling on

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