U.S. Travel Association Debuts Online Voting For Innovator of the Year Awards
Winners to Be Announced at TravelCom’09, March 31 to April 2
This year’s competitors include: Hilton Hotels Corp., Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Orbitz Worldwide Inc., TravelMuse, TripAdvisor, TripIt, Tripology, TripTelevision, Virgin Charter and WorkLight. Last year’s winners were Kayak.com and Travelocity.
The Innovator of the Year Awards recognize companies or organizations whose outstanding efforts in the areas of technology, innovation, eCommerce and distribution have transformed their business and had a broad impact across the travel industry. Two awards are presented each year: one for companies less than five years old and a second for established companies, five years or older.
Also at TravelCom, the U.S. Travel Association will be presenting its Second Annual Steve Fossett Innovation Award to Herb Kelleher, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Southwest Airlines. The Fossett Award recognizes a worldwide travel industry leader, who has broken new ground, pushed boundaries and revolutionized the travel business, leaving a legacy of beneficial change.
This year’s TravelCom conference focuses on the growing role of eCommerce and digital distribution during the recession. To provide financial assistance to attend the conference, the U.S. Travel Association has established a Three-for-Two registration rate. Organizations that purchase three registrations receive one for free.
Besides Kelleher, other TravelCom speakers include OTA presidents Hugh Jones from Travelocity Global and Barney Harford from Orbitz Worldwide, David Tessier, senior vice president and chief financial officer, the Americas, InterContinental Hotels Group and more than 40 executives from brands such as Google, United Airlines, TripAdvisor, Travelzoo, Kayak.com, Forrester Research, and Virgin America.
TravelCom session topics include: generating ancillary revenue, merchandising through distribution, strategic sourcing, loyalty programs, outsourcing/off-shoring, mobile marketing, meta search, and new digital opportunities. For the latest program, go to .
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