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Industry Bodies Lobby Congress for Covid-19 Liability Shields
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June 2, 2020 via Business Travel News

Several associations representing aspects of the business travel industry have joined dozens of others in lobbying the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that would shield companies that comply with federal health and safety guidelines from legal liability if their employees or customers contract Covid-19.

Among them, the Global Business Travel Association "is pushing this hard," a source briefed by GBTA's leadership told BTN on condition of anonymity. "They see the waiver as a major way to get people back to travel. Corporations weigh their return to travel against the liability they have if things go south with their traveling employees. Having a waiver in place would be huge, not only for travel suppliers—who obviously barely have any cash to survive, let alone fight lawsuits—but also for corporations to allow their travelers back to travel."

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How COVID-19 Will Change Business Travel

May 28, 2020 via Condé Nast

Corporations are going to have to factor the costs of new health policies into their travel budgets and planning, says Dale Buckner, CEO of Global Guardian, a firm that offers security, emergency, and medical response services. "Businesses will reevaluate whether travel is fundamentally required," he says.
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Virus Sniffing Dogs, Disinfectant Mats, COVID Tests: Global Airport Screenings

May 27, 2020 via Meetings Net

What will flyers find when they arrive at the airport for screenings? Well, it depends on the airport and the country.
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Who Decides When Employees Are Fit Enough to Travel Again — And How?

May 26, 2020 via Skift

Checking the fitness of employees used to be reserved for high-risk sectors, such as mining where staff would spend long periods away at remote work camps. But today, nearly every destination can be classified as a hotspot.
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The Future of Mobility After COVID-19
May 22, 2020 via Deloitte

As the world grapples with the twin crises of a global pandemic and the potential for a severe and prolonged economic downturn, the imminent emergence of a new mobility ecosystem appears in doubt. Worse: The situation is so fluid, uncertain, and complex that acting with certainty or even conviction can feel less bold than reckless.

But leaders can’t sit back and wait to see how it all plays out, and that’s where scenario thinking comes in, clarifying the choices before us—and their implications. To that end, this article explores four possible futures of mobility over the next three to five years.
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