advocacy

CWT, Direct Travel Join Travel Management Company Coalition Advocating For Reopening Borders

A little over a year ago, as the pandemic ramped up, five of the largest corporate travel management companies banded together and hired a Washington lobbying firm. They wanted to ensure their sector’s plight was understood by lawmakers debating early relief packages. Now focused on easing international travel restrictions, the effort recently welcomed two more…

Some Corporate Travel Providers Join The Fray Over New Voting Laws

Growing activism around controversial laws passed in recent weeks and seen by many as restricting voting prompted hundreds of business leaders across the country to condemn voter suppression. Some corporate travel service providers were among them, including American Airlines, American Express, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, Lyft, Marriott, Mastercard, SAP Concur, Uber and United Airlines. Pro-voting…

GBTA President Resigns As Association Prepares To Put Fundamental Changes To Members

Bhart Sarin resigned from his post as president of the Global Business Travel Association. His announcement came a few weeks before the association’s members start voting on bylaw changes and a few months before they vote to fill at least six and as many as eight vacancies on the board of directors. “Today, I exit…

Travel Again Gathers 19 Groups To Unify Business Travel’s Voice

The Travel Again initiative is gaining steam as travel industry associations endorse its framework for recovery. Meeting Professionals International in February and the National Limousine Association this month announced support for the framework’s priorities and recommendations. On Tuesday, leaders from Travel Again and 18 other industry groups including GBTA held a roundtable discussion to keep…

Questions For GBTA’s Next Executive Director

The corporate travel profession’s only U.S.-based, dues-generating membership association is hoping to announce its new executive director soon. Filling the role on an interim basis, initially through the end of 2020, Dave Hilfman now likely will stay on the job through the end of this month. The new full-time, professional leader of GBTA’s paid staff…

Mike McCormick’s Campaign For Recovery Starts This Week

Industry veterans Mike McCormick and Ed Silver plan Tuesday to launch an advocacy group to help facilitate business travel’s return. “When I look at all the collective industry recovery efforts to date, I see so much well-intentioned activity,” McCormick said in a video posted online. “Unfortunately, I think we would all agree that we are…

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