Terms and Conditions
THIS WEBSITE IS OWNED BY THE NATIONAL BUSINESS TRAVEL ASSOCIATION, DOING BUSINESS AS THE GLOBAL BUSINESS TRAVEL ASSOCIATION, AND ITS AFFILIATES (COLLECTIVELY, “GBTA ENTITIES,” “WE,” OR “US”). BY USING THIS WEBSITE, YOU AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE, ALL POLICIES AND GUIDELINES REGARDING USE THAT WE MAY POST, AND ALL LAWS OR REGULATIONS THAT APPLY TO THE SITE, THE INTERNET, OR THE WORLD WIDE WEB. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, DO NOT USE THIS WEBSITE.
OWNERSHIP OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
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THIRD PARTY CONTENT
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(7) Your electronic or physical signature.
We reserve the right to respond to DMCA notices that do not comply with any of these requirements in our discretion.
You may send DMCA notices by mail, e-mail, or facsimile:
If by mail to:
Global Business Travel Association
123 North Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
If by e-Mail to: MemberCare@gbta.org
If by fax to: 703-342-4324
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This website and the server(s) that make(s) this website available may be located outside of your country of origin. We make no representation or warranty that the Content on this site is appropriate or available for use in locations outside of the United States. If you access or use this website from locations outside the United States, you do so on your own initiative and you are responsible for compliance with applicable laws. Access to this site and the Content from territories where such access or Content is unlawful or illegal is prohibited. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States, without regard to conflicts of law principles, and regardless of your country of origin. Any claim, cause of action or proceeding arising out of or relating to these Terms and Conditions, the website, or any Content shall be resolved by mandatory, binding arbitration in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association, without resort to any form of class action. The arbitration shall be conducted in Alexandria, Virginia.
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the GBTA Entities and their officers, employees, members, agents, business partners, licensors, and licensees from and against any and all claims, actions, demands, suits, proceedings, damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or relating to your use of this website, including any Content you provide to the site, or your violation of these Terms and Conditions.
If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is deemed unlawful, void, or unenforceable for any reason, such provision shall be deemed severable from the remainder of these Terms and Conditions and shall not affect the validity or enforceability of the remainder of these Terms and Conditions.
HOW TO CONTACT US:
Global Business Travel Association
123 North Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Effective Date: January 17, 2012
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While the GBTA Entities do not assume an obligation to monitor member activity on the GBTA Hub, review, edit, or delete any content, and/or suspend or terminate participation of any member who violates these guidelines, we reserve the right to do so in our sole discretion.
PLEASE REPORT ANY VIOLATIONS OF THESE GUIDELINES TO GBTA IMMEDIATELY BY SENDING AN E-MAIL TO: MemberCare@gbta.org.
- Comply with competition and antitrust laws. Most countries have their own competition laws, including the United States, European Union, China, and Japan. While these laws vary, there is a universal prohibition of cartel and other joint action by competitors that harms competition.
- Use the services in a professional, courteous, and lawful manner.
- Provide accurate information for yourself and update it as necessary.
- >Ensure that any content you post is appropriate for the audience and directed to the group for which it is intended.
- >Review and comply with any notices that GBTA may issue regarding the website and services.
- Post or submit content that encourages or facilitates any anticompetitive agreements, such as price fixing or an agreement that leads to price fixing, a boycott of another’s business, or other conduct intended to restrict free trade.
- Post or submit content or messages that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale, such as quantity or timing of transactions; salaries; profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories or geographic areas; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers; disparagement of other’s business or business practices; costs of operations, supplies, allowances or discounts, or profit margins or mark ups.
- Post or submit commercial content that advertises the availability or price of any products or service.
- Abuse, attack, harass, threaten, or intimidate other members.
- Post or submit defamatory, abusive, harassing, profane, libelous, obscene, discriminatory, threatening, offensive, inappropriate, inaccurate, or illegal content.
- Use or attempt to use another person’s account without permission or falsely state, impersonate, or misrepresent your identity or affiliations with any entity.
- Post or submit content that you do not have the right to disclose or that infringes on any other person’s patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, privacy, or other proprietary rights.
- Post or submit any content relating to your racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, health or sexual orientation, or trade-union membership.
- Republish, repost, display, transmit, distribute, broadcast, modify, adapt, create derivative works based on, sell, license, sublicense, or otherwise transfer any content on the GBTA website (excluding content posted by you) except as permitted herein or in the GBTA website Terms and Conditions.
You are responsible and liable for all content that you post or submit on the GBTA Hub, and any activity or transactions that occur under your user name. You represent and warrant that you own the copyright or have received permission from the copyright owner for all content that you post.
You grant to the GBTA Entities and their successors and assigns a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free right to commercially exploit, display, publish, duplicate, distribute, create derivative works based upon, and otherwise use the content you post or submit for any commercial or non-commercial purpose, in any manner and in any medium whatsoever, in their sole discretion.
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the GBTA Entities and their officers, directors, employees, members, and agents from and against any and all claims damages, liabilities, losses, actions, demands, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or relating to your use of the GBTA Hub or violation of these guidelines.
THE GBTA ENTITIES PROVIDE THE GBTA HUB AS A SERVICE TO THEIR MEMBERS. THE GBTA HUB AND SERVICES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS,” WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WARRANTIES AS TO MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. THE GBTA ENTITIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT POSTED BY MEMBERS, AND IN NO EVENT SHALL ANY GBTA ENTITIES OR THEIR OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, MEMBERS OR AGENTS BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO YOUR USE OF THE GBTA HUB OR ANY INFORMATION POSTED ON THE GBTA HUB.
The antitrust and competition laws apply within the context of the markets and economies within which the Global Business Travel Association and its affiliates (collectively, “GBTA”) and their members participate. From this perspective, GBTA’s antitrust policy recognizes that GBTA is the world’s premier business travel and meetings organization. Collectively, GBTA’s thousands of members manage billions of dollars of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its network of business and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers, with networking events, news, education and professional development, research, and advocacy. Travel management plays a significant financial role and can contribute to a corporation’s shareholder value. But, corporate travel managers also must develop and oversee corporate policies that optimize the company’s travel dollar, while at the same time ensuring that travel is both safe and productive.
Why Competition Matters
Effective competition provides significant benefits for consumers through greater choice, lower prices, and better quality goods and services. Competition provides strong incentives for firms to be more efficient and innovative, helping raise productivity growth across the economy. To help ensure that markets function properly, governments set rules for the permissible conduct of firms and individuals, and governments create institutions to enforce them. The vast majority of the world’s national governments, and certainly all of the major economies in which GBTA members operate, enforce competition laws. While the laws of individual countries may vary, the fundamental principles that apply to GBTA activities are very similar, and competition authorities are working towards harmonization of their various systems.
Antitrust in the GBTA Context
GBTA recognizes that its members want to comply with the competition laws. GBTA supports competition law compliance and manages its activities to avoid competition law breaches in the first place.
Many agreements and activities among competitors, however, are both legal and beneficial to society and the industry. This includes the networking events, news, education and professional development, research, and advocacy functions provided by GBTA. These activities enhance and support vigorous competition and competitors. Some group activities, however, such as price fixing, are inherently suspect under the antitrust laws. All participants in GBTA activities, as well as GBTA staff and consultants, are expected to be sensitive to the legal issues involving trade associations and comply with the antitrust and competition laws, including those of the US, EU, China, Japan, Australia and other nations.
Supported GBTA Activities
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- Educational programs designed to keep the public informed about the industry, or the industry informed about new regulatory or business developments.
- Government-industry cooperation programs aimed at keeping the industry advised about government actions, and government agencies advised as to the industry’s views on matters of interest.
- Promotional programs designed to advance the industry as a whole by public education as to the value of your products or services.
- Statistical programs where data from individual companies are handled confidentially and the composite information is made available to all interested parties.
- Developing proposed standards for practices or specifications that may be voluntarily followed.
- Financial and accounting methods programs which review various accounting principles of aid to members in setting up their own company’s operational systems.
- Working with GBTA to represent its members in seeking fair and reasonable treatment in transportation services or tariffs.
To support these, understand the purposes, activities and authority of each GBTA group in which you participate. Object to any discussions or meeting activities which appear to violate the antitrust laws. Disassociate yourself from any such discussions or activities, leave any meeting in which they continue, and communicate your objections to the appropriate GBTA staff member.
Activities to Avoid
While GBTA and its members can be strong advocates for the industry, the antitrust laws prohibit anticompetitive joint action. GBTA and its members do not discuss or make agreements regarding:
- Territorial restrictions, allocations of customers, group boycotts, restrictions on types of products purchased or services offered, or any other kind of market division.
- Dealing or not dealing with actual or potential individual suppliers, customers, or competitors that might exclude them from the market.
- Agreements with competitors to control, limit or allocate purchases or allocation according to customers, territories or products.
This list is not exhaustive and understanding and acting in compliance with applicable antitrust and competition laws sometimes can be difficult. If you have a question about the propriety of GBTA activities or discussions in a GBTA meeting, you are encouraged immediately to contact GBTA staff, GBTA counsel or your company’s legal counsel.