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Major U.S. Airlines Announce Health Acknowledgment Requirement

This week, Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization representing the leading U.S. airlines, announced that its member carriers are voluntarily implementing temporary health acknowledgment policies and procedures for passenger travel as an additional level of mitigation to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Health acknowledgments are another important way passengers can "fly smart" and do their part to help prevent the spread.

Stats: 40 Percent of Businesses to Increase Travel in One to Three Months

The majority of organizations will take a phased approach to resuming domestic and international business travel over the next 12 months, according to the first part of a combined multinational "State of the Market" survey by global travel management company (TMC) FCM Travel Solutions and sister SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) specialist business travel provider Corporate Traveler.

GBTA: Business Travel Sector Showing Signs of Optimism, Bookings Resume

The business travel sector is showing higher levels of optimism of late, according to new research by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). Domestic and essential business travel will likely resume first, especially with industry standardized health and safety standards.

To continue to understand the effects of the coronavirus’s on business travel, GBTA conducted its eighth poll among membership from June 9 – 14, 2020. GBTA received responses from 1,708 member companies throughout the world.

American Express Global Business Travel Debuts Carbon Emissions Filter for Air, Rail Bookings

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has launched a new sustainability feature in its corporate travel and expense software, Neo. Now, the travel management platform has a carbon emissions filter to help travelers make better-informed booking decisions; this is available for both air and rail tickets.

WTTC Debuts Safe Travels Protocols for MICE, Aviation, Airports

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has unveiled the second phase of measures to rebuild global consumer confidence to encourage the return of traveling. The latest protocols include convention centers, meetings and events, as well as airports and airlines.

Here are the WTTC’s new protocols regarding safe MICE-sector travel:

TSA Implemented Updated to Screening Processes to Reduce Cross-Contamination

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it has implemented changes to the security screening process to reduce the potential for cross-contamination at the security checkpoint in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The TSA has already begun implementation of these changes, with more to be implemented at airport checkpoints nationwide by mid-June.

Travel Leaders Corporate and Altour Align Under Altour Brand

Travel Leaders Corporate and Altour's corporate travel business are aligning under the Altour brand, offering travel fulfillment, data and insights, and meetings and incentive management.

The two sister companies have been working closely together for more than two years cooperating on international accounts, air agreements and entertainment travel. The alignment, according to the companies, was a natural outgrowth of that collaboration and their commitment to providing customized travel solutions and services.

WTTC Debuts “Safe Travels” Protocols to Restart Travel And Tourism

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has unveiled a range of new protocols it believes will lead to the restarting of the travel and tourism sector worldwide. The measures are intended to rebuild confidence among consumers, so they can travel safely once the restrictions are lifted.

U.S. Airlines Endorse Temperature Screenings Conducted by TSA

Airlines for America (A4A) announced over the weekend that its member carriers are supporting the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to begin checking the temperature of the traveling public and customer-facing employees as long as necessary during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health crisis.