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News Releases 2012
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CWT Meetings and Events Further Boosts its Global Team | December 5, 2012
CWT Meetings & Events, a global leader in events and meetings management, announced that Steven Smith is appointed senior director, CWT Meetings & Events, Asia-Pacific. Smith will be part of the CWT regional leadership team, based in Singapore and the global CWT Meetings & Events team.
CWT Helps International Businesses Find the Best Times to Plan Multi-Country Meetings | December 4, 2012
CWT announces the launch of CWT 78 BizDays, a new mobile app that helps find the most convenient day and time to schedule an international call, video conference, event or meeting
CWT’s Business Travel Trends Predicts Technology Will Continue to Drive Change in 2013 | November 29, 2012
One of the consistent themes running through CWT’s Business Travel Trends outlook for 2013 is the increased level of consumer-influenced technology at the service of the business traveler. This type of technology is finding its way into corporate travel through services such as travel review sites and mobile apps specifically designed for business travelers. Click here to view further examples in CWT’s Business Travel Trends in 2013.
CWT Appoints Kevin O’Connor Chief Information Officer | November 28, 2012
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) announces that Kevin O’Connor was appointed executive vice president and chief information officer (CIO) on November 1, 2012. O’Connor is a member of the CWT executive team and reports to Douglas Anderson, CWT president and chief executive officer
CWT Leverages Social Media to Give Business Travelers Their Say | November 14, 2012
CWT launches CWT Hotel Intel, an innovative travel review site that allows business travelers to share hotel ratings and reviews within a secure, company-specific site. Part of CWT's comprehensive hotel offering called CWT Hotel 360, CWT Hotel Intel not only gives access to up-to-date information on company-compliant hotels, but also provides trusted advice from fellow business travelers.
CWT Acquires WorldMate, Leader in Mobile Travel Technology | October 31, 2012
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) announces that it has acquired WorldMate Inc., a leader in mobile travel technology providing itinerary management systems and on-the-road services for travelers.
CWT Takes Steps to Tackle Hidden Costs of Travel Through Global Stress Survey | October 9, 2012
Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s (CWT) latest research shows that lost luggage and no internet connection present the greatest areas of stress for business travelers.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel wins ‘Best Corporate Travel Agency 2012’ in the TTG Travel Awards | October 5, 2012
Carlson Wagonlit Travel wins ‘Best Corporate Travel Agency 2012’ in the TTG Travel Awards
Trudy Rautio Appointed Chairman of CWT Board of Directors | September 11, 2012
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) today announces that Trudy Rautio, president and chief executive officer of Carlson, has been appointed chairman of the CWT board of directors effective August 22, 2012. Rautio has served as a member of the CWT board since August 8, 2006. She succeeds Hubert Joly, who resigned from the CWT board on August 17, 2012.
CWT Makes International Booking Easier for China-Based Business Travelers | September 5, 2012
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) today announces the launch of its online booking tool (OBT), CWT Online, which makes booking international travel easier for China-based business travelers. An industry-first, CWT Online is the only international OBT currently available in China. CWT Online is powered by TravelSky, the leading provider of information technology and commercial services to China’s air travel and tourism industry.
CWT Acquires AC Events in Ireland | August 23, 2012
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) announces that it has acquired AC Events International Limited (AC Events) through its UK subsidiary, Carlson Wagonlit UK Limited. AC Events, based in Dublin, Ireland has provided meetings and events management services to corporations since 2005 and has been working in partnership with CWT since 2008.
CWT Announces Growth in Sales Volume and Transactions for First Half 2012 | August 21, 2012
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) today announces that its sales volume for the first half of 2012 was US$15 billion, representing a 1 percent increase compared to the same period in 2011. Transactions also rose 1 percent to 32.2 million in the first six months of 2012.
CWT Identifies Further Savings Opportunities in Hotel Programs | July 31, 2012
New research* from Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has shown that on average 54 percent of travelers book outside of their companies’ recommended hotel booking channels, even in the most carefully managed travel programs.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel Forecasts 2013 Global Travel Prices | July 23, 2012
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) today released its 2013 Travel Price Forecast, which indicates that prices in most areas of travel spend are expected to grow modestly around the globe next year, with the most significant inflation expected throughout the Asia Pacific and Latin America regions.
CWT To Go TM – Voted Most Outstanding App 2012 by Business Travelers | July 12, 2012
CWT To Go TM, Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s (CWT) mobile app, won this year’s Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) award for innovation of the year in the category of “Outstanding apps.” This category includes applications that help business travelers make best use of their time while traveling. Travelers voted for their favorite products and CWT To Go was the winning app from a shortlist of eleven nominees.
CWT’s Top Tips to Pick up Missed Savings and Improve Value | July 11, 2012
A report published today by the CWT Travel Management Institute demonstrates how companies with even the most mature managed travel programs still have opportunities to increase savings—often by 10 percent or more.
CWT Develops Innovative Travel Stress Index to Support Companies in Their Duty of Care Responsibilities | June 25, 2012
The CWT Travel Stress Index seeks to quantify the cost to the organization of the stress that employees can incur from traveling (reduced productivity, absenteeism due to burnout, stress-related injuries and illnesses) and use it to help companies make better travel policy decisions.
CWT's Olympic Survival Guide for Business Travelers | June 13, 2012
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) a global leader specialized in managing business travel and meetings and events, has released helpful Olympic planning tips for business travelers who will be in London during the Games.
New Global Organization at CWT Helps Companies Better Manage Their Worldwide Meetings and Events Programs | May 23, 2012
CWT Meetings & Events today announced that Floyd Widener is appointed Senior Vice President Global CWT Meetings & Events effective June 1, 2012.
CWT Announces Offering of $850 Million of Senior Secured Notes | April 30, 2012
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), a global leader specialized in managing business travel and meetings and events, today announced an offering by Carlson Wagonlit B.V. of approximately $850 million of senior secured notes due in 2019 ("the Notes")
CWT Solutions Group - Helping Organizations Re-think Their Approach to Business Travel | April 23, 2012
Did you know that every year companies spend over 970 billion dollars* – the equivalent of the GDP of Australia – on business travel? As the effectiveness of traditional travel policies is brought into question, at CWT, we believe in the importance of giving more intelligence and information to travelers to help them make the right decision for the company and for themselves. We want to help our customers gain a detailed understanding of their travelers’ behavior and what impact that has on the company’s travel spending.
CWT Creates 'Americas' Region | April 19, 2012
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), a global leader specialized in managing business travel and meetings and events, today announced it is combining its former North America and Latin America regions into one “Americas” region. This combined organization enables CWT to better leverage resources and expertise to support this significant geographic area, while preserving necessary autonomy that ensures CWT continues to meet the unique needs of its clients in each country.
CWT Can Help Companies Save up to 25% on Meetings and Events Spending with CWT Meeting Optimizer | April 18, 2012
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), a global leader specialized in managing business travel and meetings and events, announced today that CWT Meeting Optimizer is now available for all CWT clients. This is the first in a series of meetings products to be introduced this year as a complementary offering to CWT Meetings & Events. CWT Meeting Optimizer was developed in partnership with Starcite®, part of Active Network, and a leader in strategic meetings management.
Raising the Bar: CWT and iJET Strengthen Partnership to Help Companies Better Protect Business Travelers | March 13, 2012
AMSTERDAM, March 1, 2012 — Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), a global leader specialized in managing business travel and meetings and events, today announced it has expanded its safety and security offering to help companies better protect their business travelers, and has strengthened its partnership with iJET International, a leading provider of global intelligence and operational risk management.
CWT Sees Record Year in Performance | March 1, 2012
AMSTERDAM, March 1, 2012 — Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), a global leader specialized in managing business travel and meetings and events, today announced record performance in 2011. Sales volume, at USD $28.0 billion, grew by 15.2% compared to 2010 (USD $24.3 billion) and the number of transactions managed by CWT increased by 7.2% year over year to reach 61.9 million.
CWT Reinforces its Commitment to Responsible Business | February 22, 2012
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), a global leader specialized in business travel and meetings and events management, today announced that Françoise Grumberg is appointed to lead its global responsible business activities (Corporate Social Responsibility).
CWT Reveals Trends and Priorities for 2012: Travel Managers Continue To Focus on Cost Control | January 24, 2012
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), a global leader specialized in managing business travel and meetings and events, today published its Travel Management Priorities for 2012 report, based on an international survey of 290 travel managers. The report highlights the main changes likely to affect travel programs and looks at global trends and differences between regions.