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Creating a Frictionless Travel Experience – Part 1


The GBTA Foundation, in partnership with Sabre Corporation, set out to explore the topic of traveler friction around the world. The recently released study looked at traveler friction from both the business traveler perspective and also from the perspective of the managed travel and human resource professional. The objective was to identify the main challenges

Week in Review


Buying Business Travel reports that the UK laptop ban has been lifted on Tunisia flights. According to USA TODAY, Qantas is planning for a 20-hour non-stop flight from Australia to London. Buying Business Travel reports that Vietnam Airlines and Garuda have agreed to an extended partnership including more codeshares. Business Traveller notes that the disparity

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

GBTA Statement on President Trump’s First Address to Congress


On Tuesday night, President Trump delivered his first address to Congress. In his address, he said he will be asking Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the United States — financed through both public and private capital — creating millions of new jobs. The Global Business Travel

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)

Week in Review


According to Reuters, Qatar Airways has completed its 10 percent stake purchase of LATAM Airlines in a transaction worth $608.4 million USD. Buying Business Travel shares Etihad Airways has agreed to new codeshare deals with Montenegro Airlines and Tanzania’s Precision Air. According to USA TODAY, Delta has reached an agreement with Boeing to cancel an order

Week in Review


A new report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research’s (Cebr) finds face-to-face meetings contribute £193 billion to the UK economy on an annual basis. According to Travel Daily News, Cebr suggests companies stand to gain an average of £147,200 per year when conducting face-to-face business. The Washington Post reports TripAdvisor has received a license to book

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