The latest survey from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) shows the most positive results yet with increasing optimism, growing momentum for a return to business travel and an increase in bookings — largely due to the success of the vaccine rollout and introduction of vaccine passports. Three out of four buyer and procurement respondents (74%) feel their employees are “willing” or “very willing” to travel for business in the current environment, continuing the month-on-month positive trend for a return to travel. Three out of four respondents also think providing government-issued digital health verification (or digital green certificates and/or vaccination passports) is either “very effective” or “effective“ in aiding the restart of business travel. Optimism among suppliers and travel management company respondents concerning the financial prospects of companies in the business travel sector continues on a positive trajectory, as half report they are “very optimistic” (3%) or “optimistic” (47%) about the industry’s financial outlook. Suzanne Neufang, CEO, said it is reassuring to see so much momentum for a return to business travel, with more optimism, willingness to travel and an increase in bookings. She said government policies remain the greatest obstacle to opening travel, particularly in the UK, Europe and Canada. The association’s advocacy teams, she said, continue to lobby on behalf of members in London, Brussels, Ottawa, Washington D.C. and around the world “for the responsive and safe reopening of international travel.”