GBTA launches Berlin Charter

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has introduced a Berlin Charter designed to strengthen relations between airlines and travel buyers.

GBTA site
GBTA site

The new initiative comes in light of continually evolving pricing and distribution strategies such as IATA’s New Distribution Cabability (NDC).

GBTA senior vice president of global development, Paul Tilstone, announced the Charter to 850 delegates at the GBTA Europe Conference in Berlin yesterday (13 November).

The Charter is expected to be ready for full member review by the end of the year, and will restate the managed travel principles the GBTA originally submitted to IATA during the US Department of Transportation’s (DoT) review of Resolution 787.

GBTA will be asking all airline CEOs to endorse the charter to reinforce the vital relationship between the corporate travel buying community with airline leaders as they develop forward distribution and pricing strategies.

"The creation of the Berlin Charter is the next logical step for GBTA to reinforce the needs of the corporate travel buyer as further changes start to emerge through the implementation of NDC," said Tilstone.

"It will allow us to ensure that the airline community truly understands the need for control, transparency and data of airline spend as their distribution strategies evolve. Travel buyers will understand which airlines are fully committed to relationships with buyers based on these principles," he added.

Included in the announcement was a commitment by the GBTA Foundation to launch the next version of its Airline Request for Proposal (RFP) toolkit. This new version will include ancillary services, distribution channels and airline surcharging and will be completed by the end of 2015.

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