Judges Choose Worldmate as Winner of the Business Traveler Innovation Award

Judges, Business Travelers Voted for Top Innovations That Have Made Life on the Road Easier

The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) and The Wall Street Journal have announced the Judges’ Choice for the first-ever Business Traveler Innovation Award. Celebrity judges yesterday chose Worldmate’s Live Mobile Travel Software as a top innovation for business travelers. The award, along with those to honor additional winners, was presented today at the 2010 NBTA International Convention & Exposition in Houston.

Corporate travelers submitted nominations for services, ideas and products that help make life on the road more efficient and productive for business travelers. Submissions were categorized, and the public voted for their favorites. Ten of the top submissions were featured at the Business Traveler Innovation Pavilion at the NBTA Convention, where attendees were able to demonstrate and learn about products and services recommended by their colleagues. A panel of travel celebrity judges then evaluated the featured innovations to determine the 2010 Business Travels Innovation Judges’ Selection Award winner.

Craig Banikowski, CCTE, C.P.M., CMM, NBTA President & CEO, said, “The culture of corporate travel continues to evolve, and business travelers are always on the lookout for products and technologies that can make trips faster and more productive. The services we’re honoring with the Business Travelers Innovation Awards were confirmed as some of the best by those who know first-hand: the travelers themselves. They’ve spread the word and now more know which innovations will help them make corporate travel even more beneficial for business.”

WorldMate Live Mobile Travel Software tracks every trip and sends real-time alerts about itinerary updates and changes, including flight delays and cancellations. WorldMate products also feature travel resources including flight schedules, weather forecasts, travel directories, maps, world clocks and a currency converter.

Celebrity judges included:

  • Terry Jones, Founder and former CEO of Travelocity.com
  • Chris McGinnis, Travel Expert and Author
  • Patricia Schultz, Author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die
  • Edward Silver, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the National Business Travel Association
  • Andrew Winterton, President Suppliers, Products and Technology of Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Travelers’ Choice Award

The 2010 NBTA Business Traveler Innovation Travelers’ Choice Award was presented to Continental Airlines for the Mobile Boarding Pass. Paperless boarding passes enable customers to display a 2D bar code along with passenger and flight information on their mobile phone, eliminating the need for a paper boarding pass. The Traveler’s Choice Award received the most votes from business travelers.

Category Winners
The following winners received the most votes from business travelers in their respective categories:

  • Sustainable Practice: Enterprise Rent-A-Car Energy Efficient Thin Client Terminals
  • Travel Personalization: Continental Airlines Mobile Boarding Pass
  • Traveler Comfort and Well-Being: The Heavenly Bed by Westin Hotels and Resorts
  • Meetings & Conventions: The Hyatt Meeting Promise
  • Outstanding Apps: TripIt Travel Orgainzer
  • Travel Convenience & Efficiency: The National Car Rental Emerald Club
  • Business Collaboration: Show and Share by Cisco Systems
  • Traveler Productivity: iPad by Apple, Inc.

About the 2010 NBTA International Convention & Exposition
Widely recognized as the must-attend event for business travel buyers, suppliers, industry leaders and business travel journalists, the 2010 NBTA International Convention & Exposition is taking place in Houston August 8-11, 2010. More than 5,600 travel professionals will take advantage of the Convention’s programming, designed to empower attendees to maximize value for their companies, including more than 65 seminars on the most important topics in business travel, more than 400 companies exhibiting in the Expo and countless opportunities for networking with peers. For details, visit www.nbtaconvention.org.

The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and corporate meetings organization. NBTA and its regional affiliates – NBTA Australia/New Zealand, the Brazilian Business Travel Association (ABGEV), NBTA Canada, NBTA Europe, NBTA Mexico, and NBTA USA – serve a network of more than 17,000 business travel professionals around the globe with industry-leading events, networking, education & professional development, research, news & information, and advocacy. NBTA members, numbering more than 5,000 in 30 nations, are corporate and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers. They collectively manage and direct more than US$340 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually on behalf of more than 13 million business travelers within their organizations. For more information, visit www.nbta.org.

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