I always look forward to the DTJ's annual travel edition. The articles it contains are relevant not just to NDTA members' work lives, but also, in most cases, to our personal lives as well. We understand these articles because we have experienced, or will experience, many of the trends or issues discussed during our own travels.
This year's magazine includes an article on the Defense Travel Management Office's (DTMO) category management initiatives, an interview with Southwest Airline's Dave Harvey who is leading his company's expanded business travel team, and the always interesting wrap up of the NDTA-DTMO GovTravels Symposium.
While I am still incredibly pleased to bring you these articles, as I write this, we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that has devastated the travel industry. GovTravels took place February 24-26, 2020, just before a majority of the US started to feel the effects of COVID-19. The stark difference between then and now is astonishing, and I could not publish this issue without addressing the situation.
Our minds are very much on our members right now--those of you who have been furloughed or laid off, those of you working tirelessly to move supplies and keep our grocery stores stocked, those of you directly supporting the military and government response, those of you working to keep your businesses operating, and, most especially, those of you who have been personally touched by this virus. We are thinking of you constantly.
The NDTA headquarters staff is committed to supporting and serving the needs of everyone in our community. There is no organization, and likely no person, within the greater transportation and logistics industry that has not been adversely affected by this crisis.
During this time of national emergency, NDTA has focused on communication, response to requests for assistance, and ensuring the capabilities of our industry is available and leaning forward to...