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"US and Turkey Suspend Visa Services, Effectively Halting Travel Between Countries" by JT Genter

US and Turkey

"Tensions are rising with one of the United States’ key allies in the Middle East. Effective immediately, US citizens are unable to get Turkish visas. This essentially halts travel of US citizens to Turkey for those who haven’t already obtained a visa.

Here’s what happened: Last Wednesday, a US consulate employee in Istanbul was arrested for suspected ties to Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish cleric exiled in the US whom the Turkish government blames for organizing an attempted coup last July. The Turkish government has used the coup attempt to justify arresting at least 40,000 people — including domestic and foreign journalists — and firing 120,000 for suspected ties to the opposition to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In response to the arrest, the US Embassy in Turkey’s capital of Ankara released a statement Saturday, saying that it’s “suspended all non-immigrant visa services at US diplomatic facilities in Turkey.”

- courtesy of The Points Guy  

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"On October 1, the Department of Homeland Security ditched the previous Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) system for a new “cloud-based” Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) System website. This website is now your go-to for managing Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI and The Free and Secure Trade (FAST) programs.

Designed to be “more user-friendly and (…) improve and better facilitate the experience” of applying, this switch is going to cause some initial pain for current Trusted Travelers. Each existing member will have to re-register with the new website before being able to change their information, update  passport data, renew membership, apply for another Trusted Traveler program and more.

The process takes about 10-15 minutes to complete, depending on how quickly you can find your PASSID." - courtesy of The Points Guy  

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NYCBTA Board Supports WINiT on International Women's Day

Thank you to the NYCBTA Board for donating $2,000 toward this fundraising appeal.

Stephen Gheerow, Ford Foundation and NYCBTA Board Member, presents Dawn Repoli, WINiT ED & COO,  with the check at the NYVBTA meeting at Coach on March 8th after a powerful panel discussion led by WINiT Founder, Michelle ‘Mick’ Lee.

Learn More about the WINiT mission here.



And The Winners Are...

Meet our NEW 2017-2019 Board of Directors!

Learn more about the Directors or their Roles.




GBTA Unveils Inaugural Masters Honors Recognition Program Honorees

  Innovative Program Recognizes Commitment of 
Business Travel Leaders Who Are Driving the Industry Forward

Alexandria, VA (February 3, 2016) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today unveiled its inaugural Masters Honors awards, recognizing the leadership of the most engaged travel management professionals in the business travel industry.

The awards honor GBTA Direct members who are the most engaged in moving the industry forward. The list of The Masters Honors winners for 2016 can be found here.

“The business travel industry is in a period of significant change, and these honorees are the ones driving the industry forward,” said Christle Johnson, GBTA President. “They’re not just ahead of the curve, they’re traveling on unpaved roads. They are the travel management leaders of our industry, creating the future business travel world.

The honorees are experts in duty of care, supplier management, technology, sustainability and other areas. Honorees come from around the globe and work in a wide range of industries, including technology, manufacturing, finance and banking, healthcare, consulting, energy and resources and retail.

“These honorees are movers, shakers, opinion leaders, and passionate advocates. They are tirelessly driven to create, build and innovate,” added Johnson.

The Masters Honors awards will be presented at The Masters Honors Summit & Gala on April 10-11, 2016, at the Trump National Doral® in Miami, Fla. The event includes a full-day of educational workshops and networking events concluding with the annual GBTA Foundation Gala. The Masters Honors is generously sponsored by Carlson Wagonlit Travel as an Industry Thought Leader Sponsor.

For more details on the program and the selection process, click here.

CONTACT: Colleen Gallagher, +1 703?236?1133,

About the Global Business Travel Association

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA’s 7,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA and the GBTA Foundation deliver 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 business growth, visit

About the GBTA Foundation

The GBTA Foundation is the education and research foundation of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s premier business travel and corporate meetings organization. 
Collectively, GBTA’s 6,000-plus members manage over $340 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its network of 21,000 business and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers, with networking events, news, education & professional development, research, and advocacy. The foundation was established in 1997 to support GBTA’s members and the industry as a whole. As the leading education and research foundation in the business travel industry, the GBTA Foundation seeks to fund initiatives to advance the business travel profession. The GBTA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, see and .