Convention Re-imagined


The GBTA Convention has always been a meeting point for the dynamic individuals who make up the business travel industry. Like the industry itself, this year’s Convention is moving forward fast. I’m excited to share some exciting new changes to Convention with you. Convention this year begins on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27,

TSA’s Pistole Coming to Convention


I was very pleased when U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole accepted our invitation to be a featured speaker at this year’s 2014 GBTA Convention in Los Angeles. Of all the agencies and government officials the GBTA Government Relations team deals with, it’s the TSA officers that interact with you and your

Lessons In Greatness


Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend GBTA’s The Masters Program in Washington, D.C. It was a fantastic chance to connect with some wonderful people in the industry – both those that I’ve known for years and others who I just met. The event kicked off with a dinner and remarks from Senator

Weather or Not


I was invited to speak at the Wisconsin Business Travel Association’s Education Day in early January, just as the polar vortex was engulfing 26 states in wind-chill warnings or watches.  Wisconsin, of course, is a state known for its cold weather; it was in the low teens when I arrived, and the wind chill made it

Caucusing About Travel


We met last week with Representative Gus Bilirakis (R) from Florida’s 12th District, who represents the fast-growing Tampa Bay region of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Recently, Rep. Bilirakis joined Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) to co-chair the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, which includes a bi-partisan group of over 90 Congressmen. The good news is that we

TSA Pre✓™ Promotional Toolkit


Downloadable Assets Since the roll-out of TSA Pre✓™ GBTA has met with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) numerous times discussing ways to provide platforms that easily answer the many questions about TSA Pre✓™. TSA has listened to you and the concerns we have raised and created a Toolkit that allows you to take official material and

The Latest


I wanted to share some information on a variety of important topics to keep you up to date on the latest when it comes to government and business travel. Aviation Security Tax Hike – Bad For Business: Congress more than doubled the security tax despite strong opposition from a diverse coalition including GBTA, consumer groups, other

Tell Your Elected Officials the Business Travel Industry Opposes Another Tax Increase


Thanks to all of you who have already sent letters opposing an increase in the aviation security tax via the Legislative Action Center. Unfortunately, with the confrontational, intense budget negotiations in Congress, the fee increase is still very much in the discussion. GBTA has been communicating and meeting with key members of Congress to voice our

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