January 16, 2018

GovTravels 2018 FAQ

Still on the fence about GovTravels 2018?  Here are some commonly asked questions, and reasons why you should attend!

Q: I haven’t heard about this event before. What is GovTravels?
A: GovTravels is an annual symposium where passenger travel professionals from government and industry gather to meet, learn and collaborate on regulations, technology, challenges and best practices in government travel. This year’s event is March 5-7 at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, VA.

Q: Is this just a military-oriented event? Who is GovTravels for?
A: If you work in passenger travel services for any part of the federal government, a state government, the private sector related to government travel, or travel using government travel systems then GovTravels is for you.

Q: What value will I get by attending GovTravels?
A: You will experience a broad set of benefits: Presentations by leaders in government travel, access to decision makers and thought leaders, educational breakouts and targeted government/industry meetings with the Defense Travel Management Office and GSA’s Office of Travel and Transportation Services. Not to mention the opportunity to network with colleagues and share your expertise!

Q: What organizations are involved?
A: We’ve created the program with input from DTMO, GSA, and private sector stakeholders. Leading companies across the travel industry – including Amtrak, Avis Budget Group, BCD Travel, CWTSatoTravel, Enterprise, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Madison Hospitality, Omega World Travel, Sabre, SAP Consur, South African Airways, The Hertz Corporation, Travelport, and Turkish Airlines – are already sponsors, exhibitors and attendees.

There is still time to get “early bird” prices on GovTravels 2018 registration – act now!


Government & Military News

Trust War: Dangerous Trends in Cyber Conflict
(War on the Rocks) For most of cyberspace’s short history, defense analysts, policymakers, and many computer experts have been focused on cyber-attacks that cause physical destruction and death. However, so far, cyber conflict has taken a different path. READ MORE

The Four Big Fights Trump and Congress Must Resolve to Avert a Government Shutdown
(USA Today) Congress has until Friday to reach an agreement on a thicket of thorny issues. Here’s a look at the four key obstacles lawmakers are facing. READ MORE

Russian Undersea Naval Activity in the North Atlantic Has Sparked Major Concerns Among US Allies
(Task & Purpose) Russian undersea naval activity in the North Atlantic has reached new levels, and NATO is worried that the undersea cables connecting North America and Europe and the rest of the world are being targeted. READ MORE

As Trump Begins His Second Year, Analysts See Rising Risks of a U.S. Trade War with China
(Los Angeles Times) For years, one bright spot in the United States’ massive trade imbalance with China has been the Asian nation’s soaring appetite for American agriculture. But this month, China abruptly imposed stricter requirements on billions of dollars of American soybeans—and that could be just the beginning. READ MORE

UAE Accuses Qatar of Intercepting 2 Civilian Flights, Escalating Persian Gulf Feud
(The Washington Post) The United Arab Emirates said Monday that two of its civilian airliners were “intercepted” by a fighter jet from Qatar during routine flights, in a sign of rapidly escalating tensions between the quarreling Persian Gulf neighbors. READ MORE


Industry News

How IoT Will Impact the Supply Chain
(Forbes) There has been a lot written about the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it will affect nearly every global industry. One of the most exciting areas of impact—albeit far less sexy than drones and self-driving cars—is the global supply chain. READ MORE

Tomorrow’s Cargo Drones Won’t Look Much Like Today’s Helicopters
(Defense One) Boeing’s newest prototype drone is a skeletal, squarish quadrotor built as a “flying test bed to mature the building blocks of autonomous technology for future applications,” the aircraft maker said in a statement. Measuring 15 feet wide and 18 long, the Cargo Air Vehicle represents Boeing’s next step in its quest for next-generation vertical-takeoff-and-landing drones. READ MORE

FHWA Demonstrates 3-Truck Platoon in Virginia
(Transport Topics) Lawmakers gave and listened to earnest speeches on vehicle automation last week, and the nation’s transportation secretary held forth on the subject at a university, but 28 miles west of Capitol Hill the engineers took over and showed what platooning technology for trucks can do today. READ MORE

5 Ways the Travel Industry Is Changing In 2018
(Huffington Post) Thanks to the Internet, the ways that people travel and vacation have changed drastically in a short span of time. The latest innovations have helped the travel industry continue its march forward, and new trends have emerged that seek to revolutionize the way people find shelter around the world. READ MORE

U.S. Ports Update Part 1: Expanded Panama Canal Changes the Balance
(Logistics Management) At this time last year, industry analysts were waiting to see if the Trump Administration would deliver on its promises to enhance port infrastructure. While the jury is still out on that one, the focus has now been placed on finding the customized solution for U.S. ports reliant on the Suez and newly-expanded Panama canals. READ MORE


Member Highlights

Innovative Solutions for Innovative Freight
(Landstar) History was made the day SpaceX successfully launched Falcon 9, a rocket designed for the safe, reliable transport of satellites and spaceships into orbit. Before the OG2 satellites could be safely launched into space aboard the Falcon 9, the satellites needed safe and reliable transportation to get from the satellite integration and test facility to the launch pad. READ MORE

How IBM’s Blockchain Investments are Paying Off
(Diginomica) The debate about just how big and how important blockchain technology will ultimately become rages on but the fact that it has breathed new life into some of the old battleships of big tech—like IBM, Microsoft, SAP and Oracle—is undeniable. READ MORE

Choice Hotels Teams Up with to Offer Delivery Services to Hotel Guests
(Choice Hotels) Choice Hotels is making life on the road a little easier and even more rewarding for its loyalty rewards members. Through a new program with, an on-demand marketplace with over 12,000 businesses, hotel guests can now enjoy the added convenience of delivery services from local restaurants directly to their hotel location, with more services on the way. READ MORE

New Shanghai International Express and Cargo Hub Extends FedEx Operational Strength for Customers in Asia Pacific
(FedEx) FedEx Express has announced the official opening of its new FedEx Shanghai International Express and Cargo Hub located at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, which will provide greater connectivity and convenience to the FedEx global network. READ MORE

Norfolk Southern Facilitated Over $1 Billion in Industrial Development Along Rail Lines in 2017(Norfolk Southern) Norfolk Southern assisted 75 industries in locating or expanding their business operations along its rail lines in 2017. READ MORE


NDTA News & Events

DC Chapter Luncheon
The NDTA Washington DC Chapter will be holding its monthly luncheon January 18 from 11:30am-1:15pm at the Hilton Crystal City. The speaker will be NDTA President VADM William A. Brown, USN (Ret.). MORE INFO

Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter Luncheon
The NDTA Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter will be holding its monthly luncheon January 18 from 11:30am-2:00pm at The Exchange in Dallas. The speaker will be Mr. Howard Berg who will discuss techniques for faster learning. MORE INFO

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Crab Feed
The NDTA SFBA Chapter is holding a crab feed January 19 from 6:00-9:00pm at the San Ramon Community Center. MORE INFO

Find more NDTA chapter events on the NDTA Calendar.


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