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

Outside Pressures and Struggling Domestic Economy Means Slower Business Travel Growth in Brazil


In a report released earlier this week, the GBTA Foundation is forecasting slower growth for Brazil’s business travel spend. Brazil’s struggling domestic economy and the troubled regional economy are key factors in GBTA Foundation’s significant downgrade to business travel spend growth for the country. GBTA expects 3.6 percent growth in 2014 and 4.1 percent in

Hope for Haiti


*This post originally appeared as an editorial in the Global Business Travel Magazine’s July/August 2014 issue. * Convention is a place to learn, to build your business, or to be inspired by an amazing array of speakers. But for me, Convention will always be something more. On January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake measuring 7.0

GBTA Honors Outstanding Members


I originally shared this as an email to all GBTA members and wanted to also post it to our blog to recognize these four great individuals. Among the notable events at this year’s fantastic Convention were four separate award winners. I would like to call special attention to each of them and recognize their hard

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

Visionary CEOs Take Center Stage to Discuss Future of Travel


GBTA kicked off the second day of Convention with CBS’ Travel Editor Peter Greenberg interviewing Doug Parker, CEO, American Airlines Group and American Airlines. Parker discussed American Airlines’ outstanding second quarter earnings – the best second quarter earnings in the airline’s history. “We couldn’t be happier with the results,” he said. “Through the merger we

GBTA Kicks Off 2014 Convention


GBTA kicked off its Welcome Session with GBTA President & CEO Donna Kelliher ringing the official opening bell this morning before Bill Glenn, president and CEO, American Express Global Business Travel took the stage. GBTA Executive Director and COO, Michael W. McCormick interviewed Glenn about American Express’ newly announced American Express Global Business Travel joint

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