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For Deem And Others, Accessibility Is About Leveraging Mobile, Standards And Big Tech

As corporate travel event organizers and information providers continued to highlight Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the needs of travelers with disabilities this year came to the fore. The BTN Group this summer ran an online event diving into the challenges of accessibility in travel. The topic found its way to other trade publications and one…

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Amex GBT To Go Public, Banking On SME Growth And Overall Recovery Of At Least 70 Percent By 2023

American Express Global Business Travel on Friday announced that it would offer 15 percent of its shares to the public via a merger with special purpose acquisition company Apollo Strategic Growth Capital. Expected to close during the first half of next year, the deal values Amex GBT at roughly $5 billion, would generate up to…

Reporter’s Notebook: GBTA Hosts A Rallying Cry For Decarbonizing Aviation

At its annual convention this month in Orlando, the Global Business Travel Association delivered on a promise to make sustainability a primary focus. It announced new initiatives for buyer and supplier members while speakers used the soapbox to implore the industry to leverage its enormous spending power to kickstart sustainable aviation fuel funding.  Sustainability encompasses…

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Reporter’s Notebook: Announcements Timed With GBTA Convention Address Recovery, Risk, Service

The Global Business Travel Association on Wednesday welcomed back its Media Day event at the start of the annual convention. More series of presentations than press conference, the event requires presenters — companies that sponsor or exhibit at the convention and pay extra to be involved — to agree to withhold their announcements until the…

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Amex GBT To Announce Net-Zero Plan, Consulting Service As GBTA Takes On Sustainability

The world’s largest travel management company is taking its sustainability initiatives up a couple notches. American Express Global Business Travel plans to announce a commitment to science-based targets for its global operations and supply chain as “an interim step on its journey to net-zero emissions globally by 2050.” The company also will announce a consulting…

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As More Companies Require Vaccines Internally, Corporate Travel Pros Support Government Mandates For Travel And Dining

About three in four corporate travel suppliers, intermediaries and buyers believe that for international flying, governments should require passengers to prove they have been fully vaccinated against the virus that causes Covid-19.  In the Global Business Travel Association’s October survey of 503 business travel professionals around the world, 69 percent said they supported vaccine mandates…

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Pundits Assess Greater Reliance On Travel Management Companies, And Its Challenges

The pandemic made more companies question the value of business travel, but at the same time, reliance on the partners that help manage it grew. According to a Global Business Travel Association survey last month, 52 percent of more than 300 travel buyers said their organizations’ reliance on travel management companies for service and support…