November 2017  

President's Report

Hello Travel Professionals!

We are officially a full chapter of GBTA,  now known as GBTA Nebraska Iowa Chapter.  So what does this really mean for our members?

More resources!  More educational opportunities!  Our Direct membership at no charge remains the same and Allied membership has not increased.  We also now offer All Access Membership which provides local membership as well as to the global organization.

The Board and Committee Chairs are committed to creating value for the members.  We are in the process of designing the program for the upcoming year.  We welcome input for the speakers and topics for 2018.

Safe Travels!

Joni Doiron, GBTA Nebraska Iowa Chapter President - - 402-881-1747

Director of Global Account Strategies, FROSCH International Travel

Engagement and networking are so important to our industry, and our Chapter 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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Welcome New Members


Mary Jo Calabro, Nebraska Furniture Mart

Craig Noe, Nebraska Furniture Mart

 Christiane McCauslin, Godfather's Pizza

Adrianne Robinson, Embassy Suites Omaha - Downtown/Old Market

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Chapter Update


The next Chapter meeting is November 16th. 

What is Sustainability?  What does it mean in travel?  Why should we care?   

GBTA has several committees focused and committed to delivering education on key areas of business travel.  The Sustainability Committee is composed of volunteer business travel professionals from around the globe who have a passion for sustainability and and are dedicated to communicating the support that GBTA provides in this arena.   Please join your presenters to learn more about this important area in business travel management.


Chapter Charity

    We are working to organize our last event of the year to support this great organization. 

  The Decmber meeting will include our toy drive.  Never too early to shop for toys!




 Thank you to the 2017 CORPORATE SPONSORS











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


 The membership continues to grow through our Allied and Direct members, showing that the Chapter brings valued education and networking for all business travel professionals.  Is it time for you to renew?  Join?  We are here to answer any questions you might have.  Are you a Buyer/Procurement/Travel Manager?  Membership for Direct members is complimentary.  As a GBTA Chapter, All Access Membership is available as well bringing added benefits.  Contact Lindsey Holmes, Membership Chair at 

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Travel Industry Update

TSA Pre?® expands to include 5 additional domestic and international airlines - Expedited screening now available through 42 air carriers

National Press Release
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration today announced the expansion of its TSA Pre?® expedited screening program to five additional domestic and international carriers. Now in operation, the five new partnering airlines are All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Contour Aviation, Finnair and Korean Air. Today’s announcement brings the number of airlines participating in TSA Pre?® to 42 domestic and international carriers.


REAL ID - ID requirements at the checkpoint will change beginning Jan. 22, 2018.


ASTA Reveals Its Plans for Washington


One of ASTA’s major priorities is its advocacy efforts both in Washington D.C. and at the state level on behalf of travel agents.

The association has scored numerous successes protecting agents’ businesses, and those achievements are especially impressive given that it’s outgunned compared to the number of lobbyists representing other travel industry segments.


Google Shuts Off Airline Booking Tool in Search

  • Company closing off cheaper version of travel pricing software
  • Feature allowed small companies to tap airline search, pricing

Alphabet Inc.’s Google is pulling a software tool that let small companies access search information on airfares, a potential blow to online travel newcomers. 

Google’s tool was opened in 2011 after its $700 million acquisition of ITA Software Inc., an online airfare broker. In approving the deal, a federal judge required that Google keep an ITA flight search and pricing software, called QPX, accessible to third parties for at least five years.


Is all data necessarily good data? The term “big data” has been crossing our screens for some time in the context of travel and expense (T&E) management. But it is no longer just about the business or technology of data management. It is about being able to tap the data to learn new things and gain insight into your business – and, by doing so, improving business performance.

For large companies, travel is a vital part of ensuring growth. For many senior executives, it remains a minefield to supervise. It helps to employ the right people and partners, equipped with best-of-class tools to ensure data is not discarded or lost in some distant database but made real and valuable.

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