Carlson Chairman and CEO Marilyn Carlson Nelson Receives Travel Weekly Lifetime Achievement Award

Minneapolis, MN | December 14, 2007

Carlson Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Marilyn Carlson Nelson has received the Travel Weekly Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor, which recognizes people who have had a profound effect on the travel industry, was presented Thursday evening at the fifth annual Travel Weekly's Readers Choice Awards gala in New York City.

"The Travel Weekly Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual whose efforts led to extraordinary results within an enterprise, and who has also made significant contributions to the industry as a whole," said editor Arnie Weissmann. "...Marilyn Carlson Nelson's career has provided a model of vision and accomplishment to inspire tomorrow's leaders."

In addition to Nelson, Donna Flora of American Express, Brian J. Kennedy of Hertz Corp., and John Noel of AIG Travel Guard were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

In September, Nelson was cited for her travel industry accomplishments and was inducted into the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) Hall of Fame, the highest honor the organization presents to recognize travel industry leaders' accomplishments.

"It is truly an honor to receive the Travel Weekly Lifetime Achievement Award, which I share with all of my colleagues at Carlson," Nelson said. "I am passionate about the travel industry and the profound effects it has on the global economy by providing jobs and bringing together people from around the world to do business, enjoy vacation time and be with relatives and friends during the holidays."

Nelson serves on the World Economic Forum's International Business Council and in 2004 co-chaired the Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. She chaired the federal advisory boards of the National Women's Business Council and the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. She also is a member of the World Travel and Tourism Council; the Business Roundtable; and co-founder of the Women Leaders Program of the World Economic Forum. In 2006, she was invested in the French Légion d'Honneur, for her exemplary service to humanity.

In addition, Nelson was a delegate to the White House Conference on Tourism in 1996 and was on the board of the U.S. National Tourism Organization. She also was a board member of the Singapore Tourism Bureau and is an active past national chair of the Travel Industry Association.

Outside her industries, Nelson serves on the boards of ExxonMobil and the Mayo Foundation.

Forbes magazine has regularly selected her as one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women," and she has been named one of "America's Best Leaders" by U.S. News and World Report.

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