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August 30, 2017

GBTA Offers Assistance to Members Impacted by Harvey




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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is reaching out to offer assistance to members impacted by Hurricane Harvey and the catastrophic flooding in Texas

“As travel professionals, we are all familiar with the care and caution exercised to keep our travelers safe on the road no matter what circumstances they face,” said Christle Johnson, GBTA president, in a post on the GBTA blog. “The business travel community has a unique resiliency, and has repeatedly showcased the ability to come together and stand strong in the face of many adverse situations from terrorist attacks to natural disasters.”

The GBTA reports that nearly 600 individuals who are members of GBTA or Texas BTA live in areas impacted by the storm. 

The GBTA said that those who wish to help can make a donation to the Red Cross, as well as to a GoFundMe campaign specifically for GBTA and Texas BTA members that have been impacted. Funds will provide food, medication, clothing, temporary housing, transportation to work and more. 

“Again, I send my deepest sympathies to all the victims of Hurricane Harvey,” Johnson said. “My thoughts and prayers are with Houston as the city comes together and rebuilds.”

In Houston and the surrounding area, where as much as 25 to 30 percent of the area is flooded, the George R. Brown Convention Center has been acting as an emergency shelter. By late Tuesday 9,000 were in the center, fare more than the 5,000 that had been prepared for, with more arriving. 

 


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