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July 2017  

President's Report

Hello Travel Professionals!

It's a quiet month for NIBTA as we do not have a monthly meeting... BUT... it's an exciting month for GBTA and the attendees as the convention begins in a week.  The NIBTA August meeting will be a great one as we will get a recap from the convention on hot topics, educational sessions and information we need to know as business travel professionals.

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, nibta.org and send your question or request.

Hope to see you at our next meeting on August 17th.

Joni Doiron, NIBTA Chapter President - president@nibta.org - 402-881-1747

 

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Monthly Update from NIBTA

UPCOMING MEETINGS

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. 

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NIBTA GIVES BACK

    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 nibta.org.  __________________________________________________________________________________

   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 jenniferb@executivetravel.com.

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 NEW!  NEW!  NEW!  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 lholmes@magnoliahotels.com. 

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Government and The Travel Industry Update

 

The latest travel ban development is bad news for grandmothers and refugees  

A Hawaii judge refuses to clear up how the Supreme Court’s ruling applies to them — and it’s unclear who will.  Now that a version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban is finally in effect, its critics are having a tougher time getting the courts to tweak it.https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/7/15934334/muslim-ban-grandparents-refugees-bona-fide

 

 

American Incentives To Use NDC greeted with some skeptcism.  IRVING, Texas -- American Airlines now can offer New Distribution Capability-supported product bundles within corporate booking sites.

The bundles, which can be tailored to the needs of a corporate client, are available through direct connects between the carrier and travel management companies (TMCs), said American vice president of sales and distribution strategy Cory Garner at the carrier's NDC Summit here.

Bundles could include free checked bags and free seat selections as part of the ticket purchase. And American can make the bundles available to an entire corporation or to only specific portions of it. http://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Corporate-Travel/American-Airlines-has-NDC-breakthrough?ct=

 

The Trump Effect on Inbound U.S. Travel Has Not Materialized  International travel to the U.S increased 5.2 percent year over year in May as business travel growth "rallied" during the month, according to the U.S. Travel Association's Travel Trends Index.  http://www.businesstravelnews.com/Global/The-Trump-Effect-on-Inbound-US-Travel-Has-Not-Materialized

 

 

TSA Agents at Minneapolis Airport Failed 95% of Undercover Security Tests   Security agents at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport failed 95 percent of secret tests conducted by undercover TSA agents last week, according to a local Fox News affiliate.  http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/minneapolis-airport-tsa-fail

 

 

Emirates and Turkish Airlines Announce Laptop Ban Has Been Lifted  Both Emirates and Turkish Airways announced Wednesday that they are now officially exempt from the U.S. ban on laptops in airplane cabins, NBC News reported.   http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/emirates-turkish-airlines-laptop-ban-lifted

 

 

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