Government Relations

GBTA Advocacy

Greetings GBTA, Silicon Valley Chapter members! We need your help to achieve GBTA Partner Status for 2020 and have our Chapter recognized as Advocates for the Business Travel Industry. The good news is that there are 2 easy ways to help!

  • Send an email to an elected official to co-sponsor the FASTER Act (here); and/or
  • Sign up as a GBTA Advocate (here). 
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You can also complete these steps from the convenience of your mobile phone! Just text the word faster to 52886 and follow the easy instructions from there to automatically help our Chapter!

Please reach out to GBTA, Silicon Valley Chapter Government Relations Chair, Michael Anderson ([email protected]), should you have more questions.

More about the FASTER Act (Funding for Aviation Screeners and Threat Elimination Restoration Act):

End Diversion of 9/11 Security Fee

Congress has introduced bi-partisan legislation to end the diversion of the 9/11 Security Fee. HR 1171 and S. 472 Funding for Aviation Screeners and Threat Elimination Restoration Act (FASTER)

In 2013, Congress began diverting one-third of the revenue collected from airline passenger security fees to pay down the general deficit. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, $1.36 billion will be diverted away from aviation security.

The FAA Reauthorization bill ends the diversion in 2027. However, if we wait for this, over $19 billion in total will be diverted away from airport screening.

While the U.S. debt is of concern, it should not fall to travelers to carry the load.

About GBTA Government Relations

GBTA advocates for policies that better the business travel industry, representing travel buyers and the travelers they manage. Business travelers are a consistently underrepresented constituency, despite the fact that the business travel industry represents $1.3 trillion in business travel and meetings expenditures annually. Business travel is also a major driver for jobs and the economy, responsible for 7.4 million jobs in the United States, 1.2 million jobs in Mexico and nearly a half million jobs in Canada. With more than 9,000 global members, regional partners, 39 local chapters and affiliates, and a network of 30,000 business travel and meetings professionals, GBTA is the voice of the global business travel industry. GBTA actively speaks out on policy issues across the globe and frequently meets with representatives in Washington, D.C. and Brussels in an effort to advance the business travel industry.

What We Do

Government Relations advocates policies that benefit the business travel industry. Along with GBTA members across the country, we educate members of Congress and governments abroad, their staff, and executive branch officials about:

  • How business travel stimulates economic and jobs growth
  • Pro-Business Travel Government policies
  • Benefits of efficient travel buying and selling
  • Government policies and taxes that discourage or impede business travel

Government Relations
Government Relations Director

Michael Anderson
Bauer's Intelligent Transportation
Government Relations Committee
Hadas Simon
Hyatt Regency Sonoma
Government Relations Committee

Michele Wilson, GTP
Hunter World Travel