Hello Business Travel Professionals!

On behalf of our board and committee chairs, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year!!  We have so much to be thankful for over the past couple of years.  None of which wouldn't have been possible without the leadership, commitment, and direction of our President, Joni Doiron.  As a result of her efforts, Joni was named Global Business Travel Association Volunteer of the Year for 2018!  Thank you for your time and effort in helping our organization accomplish so much over the last couple of years.  You've certainly left some big shoes to fill!

Some accomplishments from 2018 that I wish to highlight include:

  • Full Chapter status with GBTA
  • First ever Chapter Education Day (September)
  • Membership size has doubled
  • Attendance Increase
  • Overwhelming Positive responses to speakers and education topics

As we turn the calendar forward to 2019, I want to thank all of our members for their continued support.  We have some exciting speakers, events, and topics already scheduled for the new year.  Beginning immediately in January with Executive Travel, Founder and CEO, Steve Glenn.  Steve will be giving a Travel Policy presentation that was one of the top rated events at GBTA 2018.  It's going to be one you don't want to miss!

As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any input regarding speakers or topics that you would like to dive into.  My goal is for this chapter to be as engaged as possible and with your support, I know we can make that happen.

Thank you again for your support and I hope to see you at the Cambria Hotel in a few weeks!

Ryan Shrum, Chapter President 

March 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Report

Dear Travel Professionals,

Education!  Networking!  Community involvement!   Our GBTA chapter is focused on these three areas.  Through our monthly meetings, it our goal to provide educational content that is valuable to every attendee.  With our continued success in membership growth, we provide a forum to network with industry peers to share information.  In addition, we are committed to giving back to our community through fundraising and volunteer efforts.

Please join us at a 2018 meeting to experience first-hand everything that we offer for both you and your organization. Please feel free to reach out to me with ideas, feedback or questions you may have about the chapter.  Your input and support is vital to our chapter’s success!

Thank you for your interest and support. I look forward to seeing you all at the 2018 GBTA Nebraska Iowa Chapter Meetings. 

Joni Doiron, GBTA Nebraska Iowa Chapter President

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Community Service

SAVE THE DATE for the next Friendraiser Event - Luncheon on May 9th at the Marriott Regency.   More details to follow.

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Chapter Update

GBTA Funded Scholarships -  All Chapter Members in Good Standing Eligible.  The applicants will complete the Chapter application.  One Allied and One Direct Convention Registration ($995 each), will be awarded by the Chapter and paid for by GBTA.  Deadline is May 15th.  Chapter Scholarship Application must be completed and submitted by May 15th to   Application located at   http://2018GBTAChapterScholarshipApplication

CHAPTER Funded Scholarship – All Chapter Members in Good Standing Eligible.  One early bird convention registration will be awarded in the amount of $995.  Deadline is June 1st.  All other factors apply as above.    Please send any questions to or for additional information.


GBTA Government Relations: The Voice of the Business Travel Industry

GBTA advocates for policies that better the business travel industry. With more than 9,000 global members, regional partners, 39 local chapters and affiliates, and a network of 30,000 business travel and meetings professionals, GBTA is the voice of the global business travel industry. GBTA actively speaks out on policy issues across the globe and frequently meets with representatives in Washington, D.C. and Brussels in an effort to advance the business travel industry.

Government Relations advocates policies that benefit the business travel industry. Along with GBTA members across the country, we educate members of Congress and governments abroad, their staff, and executive branch officials about:

  • How business travel stimulates economic and jobs growth
  • Pro-Business Travel Government policies
  • Benefits of efficient travel buying and selling
  • Government policies and taxes that discourage or impede business travel

One of GBTA’s most important voices is our chapters. GBTA has 39 chapters and affiliates across the country. GBTA’s chapters are important association constituencies. GBTA hosts regular “Travel Talk” Roundtables with members of Congress and their staff to educate them on issues that affect business travel.

Each year, GBTA Chapters and Affiliates raise funds for the GBTA Political Action Committee (PAC).  Our Chapter will be participating this year in The 12th Annual Government Relations Challenge!  We will be having opportunities for members to win prizes at each meeting as well as a GRAND PRIZE at our July social event!

The GBTA PAC fights to:

• Lower Travel Taxes

• Create a Better Infrastructure

• Defend Passenger Rights

Our PAC supports representatives on both sides of the aisle that champion travel issues. Simply put, GBTA advocacy helps keep business moving.

I’m a Member How do I donate?

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GBTA News and Commentary

Marianne Varkiani / Tuesday, March 6, 2018

At a cost of $60 billion a year, flight disruptions have an undeniable impact on corporate travel, affecting everyone along the spectrum from travel managers to TMCs to the travelers themselves. U.S. corporations are estimated to absorb $10 billion of that cost, and...

Colleen Gallagher 
Today, the Global Business Travel Association, the voice of the global business travel industry, launched an all-new podcast called The Business of Travel. The podcast will consist of weekly episodes featuring several industry experts and thought...

GBTA to Congress: A PFC Increase Will Ultimately Harm U.S. Economy

Discouraging Business Travel Hurts GDP, Jobs and Wages

Colleen Gallagher 
Today, the Global Business Travel Association sent letters to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees to remove an increase in the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) from the FY2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related...

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2018 Meetings

Meetings are typically on the third Thursday of the month.   Chapter meetings-10:30am registration/networking, 11-11:30 chapter business meeting, 11:30-12 lunch/networking, 12-1 presentation.

March 15, 2018

10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Hilton Hotel
1001 Cass Street 
Omaha, NE 68102

We Don’t Coast – We Build         Bringing in business that benefits travel.

We are pleased to present a prestigious panel of Omaha Leaders to discuss insight on the exciting city of Omaha!  



David Brown, President/CEO Greater Omaha Chamber

Roger Dixon, President/CEO of Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority

Keith Backsen, Executive Director Visit Omaha

Lead by Moderator, Gil Cohen, Executive Vice President, Omaha Magazine




Business Travel Education Day

Hosted by

GBTA Nebraska Iowa Chapter

September 19-20

Marriott Regency - Omaha


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