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France: Slow but Steady Growth


GBTA’s recent forecast for business travel in Western Europe shows the French economy continues to have one leg in the northern tier and the other in the southern periphery. Still, business travel spending began to gain momentum in 2013 and continued to advance in 2014, albeit at a modest rate of 2%. After slowing to

The United Kingdom: Gaining Momentum


The UK boasts the second highest level of spending on business travel in Western Europe according to a recent forecast from the GBTA Foundation. In 2014 business travel spend in the UK totaled $43.5 billion USD – 5.4 percent growth over the previous year. GBTA expects momentum to continue to build with business travel spending

GBTA Pleased IATA “Hit the Pause Button” on Proposal to Reduce Carry-on Baggage Dimensions by 20 Percent


As many of you heard, yesterday, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), an airline industry association, put on hold on its recommendation that standard carry-on baggage sizes be reduced to dimensions about 20 percent smaller than what most major airlines currently allow — to 22 inches tall, 13 1/2 inches wide and 7 1/2 inches deep.

Germany: A Bright Star in Europe’s Sky


Germany holds its position as the brightest star in the European sky when it comes to business travel as strong economic growth and relatively competitive labour markets continue to propel business travel activity. The GBTA Foundation’s recent business travel forecast for Western Europe showed overall spending on business travel in the country in 2014 finished

Week in Review


GeekWire tell business travelers that your carry-on bag is about to become obsolete thanks to new guidelines proposed by IATA calling to shrink the size of carry-ons allowed on planes. According to IATA, this new size limit is an “optimal size” that will guarantee every passenger can fit a carry-on in the overhead bin. There

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*This post originally appeared as an op-ed in Global Business Travel magazine volume three, issue two.* That’s the name of the game at July’s GBTA Convention 2015. This year’s Convention, July 25-29, is in Orlando, Florida, the home of Walt Disney World. Branding itself the “happiest place on Earth,” Disney World is a place predicated on

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