August 2017  

President's Report

Hello Travel Professionals!

The summer is flying by!  Soon it's back to school and all that it entails!  For us at NIBTA, it's time to gear up for the remainder of the year with valuable meetings, great speakers and seeing everyone again after our break in July.

The August 17th is fast approaching along with our volunteer day at the Heartland FoodBank on August 18th.  Looking forward to seeing you all at both events!  

Safe Travels!

Joni Doiron, NIBTA Chapter President - - 402-881-1747

Engagement and networking are so important to our industry, and NIBTA thrives on the efforts of our members, sponsors, and volunteers.  Within our group, we have many industry professionals that bring years of experience.  As a business travel professional, you have access to these resources.   Just click on the CONTACT TAB on the main NIBTA website, and send your question or request. 

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Monthly Update from NIBTA


The next NIBTA meeting is on August 17th at the Doubletree downtown Omaha.  We will have a jam-packed meeting as Patrick Algyer from GBTA will be leading the discussion with convention attendees regarding the GBTA convention and their experiences and new information on benefits for the members of NIBTA.   Additionally, Megan Thomas, with Daryl Flood Logistics will present the global mobility industry aligning with the corporate business travel. 



    SAVE THE DATE! The next volunteer day will be August 18th from 1:00pm-3:00pm to assemble packages of food for the Backpack Program.  A volunteer sign-up will be sent out to secure your spot!  We need at least 10 volunteers.  You can register to volunteer by clicking the event in the meetings section on  __________________________________________________________________________________

   Corporate Sponsorships - NIBTA Corporate Sponsorships have been realigned for NIBTA.  With this new outline, it provides a greater ROI for the sponsorship investment.  Thank you to the 2017 NIBTA CORPORATE SPONSORS so far this year:

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New corporate sponsors are welcome at any time and will be credited a full year of sponsorship.  Any questions?  Contact Jennifer Belt, Sponsorship Chair, at


 Are you a Buyer/Procurement/Travel Manager?  We have restructured our membership options and now you can join NIBTA at no charge!  All DIRECT membership is now complimentary.   Contact Lindsey Holmes, Membership Chair at 

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Government and The Travel Industry Update

UPDATE FROM TSA - On Wednesday, July 26, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that passengers transiting US airports will now have to remove tablets, laptops, and other large electronic devices from their carry-on bags during security screenings. TSA will now x-ray these items separately from the carry-on bag itself. While it has always been required to remove laptop computers from carry-on bags, the new directive encompasses tablets, e-readers, and portable gaming consoles. The new screening procedure will not affect those enrolled in TSA’s PreCheck program. TSA stated that they will implement these new procedures in the “weeks and months ahead.”

Senate bill calls for increase in airport fee - A proposed Senate appropriations bill would increase the cap on the airport passenger facility charge (PFC) from $4.50 per flight segment to $8.50, according to advocacy groups.  The $60 billion FY2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Act passed out of subcommittee Tuesday and is scheduled for consideration by the full Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday.  Read full article at

US Government Issues Full Travel Ban to North Korea - 

Visiting North Korea was always a bad idea, but it may soon also become illegal as the United States government will reportedly issue a full travel ban for the country.   

According to The Associated Press, two tour groups operating in the country—Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours—have been contacted by officials from the American government and told that the passports of U.S. citizens would be invalidated starting 30 days after July 27.


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 GBTA Board of Directors - Election at GBTA Convention

2017-2019 GBTA Board of Directors – Congratulations to Christle Johnson, GBTA President; Rita Visser, GBTA Vice President; Paul Tilstone, Allied Member at Large.

2017-2019 CPC Board – Congratulations to Gloria Gonzalez, John Hampton and Samantha Bean for being re-elected as the Chapter President’s Council Board.



GBTA Industry Members who attended GBTA Convention 2017 have access to the GBTA Convention 2017 On Demand platform until their membership expires.

For non-members who attended GBTA Convention 2017, GBTA Convention 2017 On Demand will be available for a limited time. 

Great Webinars Scheduled for August!

The GBTA Government Relations Committee Presents: Update of the REAL ID Act with Steve Yonkers, Director Online USA Aug 17, 2017 GBTA Academy
Webinar Icon The Future of Talent in Meetings and Events Online USA Aug 22, 2017 GBTA Academy
Webinar Icon Strategy Bootcamp: What Everyone New to Managed Travel Should Know Online   Aug 24, 2017 GBTA Academy
Webinar Icon 2018 Global Travel Forecast: Getting the Most from Your Travel Spend in 2018 Online   Aug 29, 2017 GBTA Academy
Webinar Icon Using VOC to Boost Your ROI: Measuring the Traveler Experience Online   Aug 31, 2017 GBTA Academy
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Of Interest

   10 Ways to Not Be a Jerk on an Airplane - Are you guilty of any of these flying faux pas?

With more than 2 million miles under my wing, I have learned a thing or two about business travel. Flying between upwards of 60 times a year, I have witnessed amazing things out my window, and horrible things in the seat next to me. And so I'm here now to impart my collected wisdom to make your next flight more pleasant for you, and more importantly, for me if we ever happen to be sitting in the same row.   Here are my rules for not being a first-class jerk on an airplane, helpfully broken down into 10 categories:   Continue to full article..
    For all of our travel managers...  Why Did The Average Travel Manager Salary Shrink This year?    Salaries are down 15.8 percent as reported in BTN survey.

   Nine Technology Trends Shaping Tomorrow’s Travel Industry

Sabre Corporation, the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, has released its latest technology forecast, Sabre Labs’ 2017 Radar Report. The report evaluates nine key technologies with an outsized impact on the travel landscape, looking at what’s happening today and what to expect for tomorrow.
Here’s a sneak peak at what’s included in the Radar Report:

  • Blockchain – Being hailed as the new “Internet of Trust,” blockchain is awash in innovators looking to transform industries, governments, commerce and culture. We look at short and long term effects most likely to change the travel landscape. 
  • Neural interfaces – When it comes to the mind, there are two very different chal­lenges: extracting information out and transferring new information in. Neural interfaces attempt to address one or both challenges, and can do so in either an invasive or non-inva­sive way.
  • Space Tourism – Mars is the final frontier of human travel for our lifetimes, but closer to home, commercial and government competition is heating up as a 21st century “space race.” It’s not just promising orbiting hotels, but trickle down technologies that will bring all corners of the earth closer together.
Sabre Labs is the travel and technology innovation team within Sabre devoted to exploring how new capabilities will impact travel over the next decade. The full 2017 Radar Report is freely available for download here.


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