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Press Release20 September 2021

Global Business Travel Association Applauds Relaxing of U.S. Travel Ban For Vaccinated Foreign Nationals

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Alexandria, VA - "The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) wholeheartedly applauds the Biden Administration’s announcement that it will relax the U.S. ban for vaccinated travelers from the 26 Schengen countries, U.K. and Ireland by early November."

"Travel bans and quarantines have greatly impacted business travel – a decline in global business travel spending for 2021 is forecast at approximately $550 billion USD, with a decline in the U.S. estimated at $192 billion USD, due to the ongoing pandemic."

"GBTA has been calling for a framework for re-opening the U.S. to impacted international travelers for months. Today’s announcement is welcome news and a large step forward in re-starting and accelerating the travel industry’s economic engine."statement from GBTA CEO, Suzanne Neufang.

About the Global Business Travel Association

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world"s largest business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations across four continents. GBTA"s 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA delivers world-class education, events, research, advocacy, and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. To learn how business travel drives lasting business growth. Visit and follow us on LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

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