Breaking Through to Connect with Corporate Travel Buyers


Generating appointments with in-demand travel buyers can be a difficult challenge to overcome. Since 80 percent of GBTA Convention buyer attendees are decision makers in managerial, directorial, executive or C-level positions, CMO Ed Barrett recently led a webinar entitled Breaking through to Connect with Corporate Travel Buyers – Keys to Success. Travel buyers partake in

Week in Review


The United States is projected to lose $1.3 billion in travel-related expenditures in 2017, including hotels, food, rental cars and shopping expenses that inbound travelers would have spent. According to GBTA, $250 million will be lost in spending from inbound business travelers from Europe and the Middle East. The Verge claims Trump’s laptop ban on

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

What’s In Store for Visa Reciprocity between the United States and Europe?


Recently, GBTA reported that the European Parliament called upon the European Commission to reintroduce a visa requirement for Americans traveling to Europe unless political issues over visa reciprocity between the regions are resolved. In its response to the European Parliament published last week, the European Commission argued that suspending visa reciprocity with the United States would

Week in Review


On Tuesday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on U.S. airline customer service featuring representatives from United, Alaska, Southwest, American and the Consumers Union. According to Skift, members of Congress urged executives to improve their customer service and questioned airlines’ overbooking practices. GBTA released a statement on the hearing, sharing results from

GBTA Statement on House T&I Committee Hearing on Airline Customer Service


In light of recent incidents, we are seeing some positive developments with changes in policy related to denied boarding compensation and operational use of security personnel. However, something that was clearly missing from today’s House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on customer service was the voice of the business traveler. We do hope to see

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