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Another GBTA Board Member Resigns

Altour senior vice president of sales Doug Payne on Tuesday evening became the second member of GBTA’s board of directors to confirm their resignation amid the controversy surrounding the organization’s CEO.  Payne’s move follows that of Boeing’s Kathy Briski, who resigned on Friday. “Altour believes strongly in the importance of GBTA and its role in…

GBTA Puts CEO Scott Solombrino On Leave

The Global Business Travel Association board of directors on Saturday morning announced that it placed CEO Scott Solombrino on administrative leave. The organization said it did so to allow for “further investigation” into the claims made in a June 8 letter describing unethical conduct and alleging racism, sexism, humiliation and verbal assaults of staff, misuse…

With Support Wilting, Solombrino Apologizes And GBTA Board Hires Trusted Legal Partner To Investigate New Allegations

Readers, please note our Disclosure about conflicts of interest at the bottom of this article. The GBTA board of directors asked law firm Polsinelli to review a host of allegations made by current and former staff members against its leadership. Previously undisclosed, the investigation and related claims pile on to what was already a bad…

The Future Of Travel Management Companies: Part One, Staffing

“Green shoots” are nice but transaction counts for most travel management companies as of last week remained between 3 percent and 15 percent of last year’s levels. Emotionally, that is a million times better than cancellations outstripping bookings. TMCs are seeing gains every week. More than a dozen of their executives speaking with The Company…

GBTA CEO Solombrino Insults Colorado’s Governor, Tells Staff They’ll Be Fired If They Publicly Discuss Apparently Foiled November Convention Plan

Readers, please note our Disclosure about conflicts of interest at the bottom of this article. [UPDATE, July 10, 2020: GBTA officially cancelled its 2020 convention, which had been rescheduled for November in Denver. The next convention is scheduled July 17-21, 2021, in Orlando.] Amid dwindling chances of holding this year’s Global Business Travel Association convention…

Credit Rating Agencies Highlight Uncertainty, Forecast Travel Revenues Next Year To Trail 2019 Mark

Analysts at Fitch Ratings expect business travel volumes to return to pre-pandemic levels around 2023 or 2024 following a “moderate recovery in travel demand beginning in 2021, with revenues in 2021 roughly 20 percent below 2019 levels.” The credit rating agency slightly downgraded its assessments of CWT’s credit risk and affirmed a negative rating outlook….

Contact Tracing Scales In Asia, Faces Privacy And Political Hurdles In Europe And The United States

Questions about where people have been, whom they’ve seen and how they’re feeling are becoming commonplace. So are mobile apps that track potential coronavirus exposure. Contact tracing has taken on greater prominence in recent months as society copes with Covid-19. As with physical health screenings, there are data privacy concerns and travel management considerations. Health…

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