Reporters Notebook

Reporter’s Notebook: GBTA Convention Spotlights Efforts To Digitize And Centralize Payment

“The pandemic has had a huge impact across the payments space,” according to Visa Business Solutions senior director Ryan Grabau. “People want to be more digital, for sustainability or because everyone is working remotely. They want to pay contactless. Organizations want more control in managing expenditures and cash flow.” Grabau spoke here last month during…

Reporter’s Notebook: At GBTA, New Airline Distribution Disenchants

Education sessions at the Global Business Travel Association’s annual convention last month had a few main themes, with risk, sustainability and payment getting lots of attention. Distribution also enjoyed significant airtime, but not the hotel or car rental kind. Airline distribution sessions were packed.  For many, the prevailing feeling was that the industry had picked…

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…

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…

Reporter’s Notebook: Sustainability Stories

The steady stream of sustainability-related announcements this year became something of a deluge from all corners last month. It’s not only travel suppliers looking to enhance their green credibility. In growing numbers, corporate buyers and program managers appear ready to walk the walk. Click through to read about the latest corporate travel cutbacks from green-minded…

Reporter’s Notebook: Buyers Muse On The Keys To Corporate Travel Management’s Future

Industry observers can’t resist the temptation to speculate on what new or revived business habits are permanent or how the travel manager role will change. Corporate travel buyers and other experts speaking during a pair of July 20 virtual events offered their best guesses about the processes and dynamics that will outlast the end of…

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