Carlson Wagonlit Travel retains ICARUS Sustainability award

London | April 13, 2011

Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) UK & Ireland retained its ICARUS Sustainability award for the fourth consecutive year, as announced by the Institute of Travel & Meetings (ITM) UK & Ireland yesterday at its annual conference.

CWT and British Airways were recognised for “leading the way for their peer organisations,” according to Jamie Hindhaugh, ITM chairman. “We are delighted to award these two companies at a time when sustainability has not necessarily been a priority for many,” he added.

The citation for the CWT’s “Intermediary” category win says the TMC “has again shown its commitment to the development of sustainability as a core part of its business proposition by investing in both its own business and client products and services.”

“Of particular note is the effort to develop a programme of ‘demand management’ tools which provide a full range of solutions and inform travellers of the ‘door to door’ options for multi-modal routes. In addition, journeys are benchmarked against the key aspects of a sustainable travel plan alongside the creation of a package which will address the need for transient and Meetings & Events reporting.”

The awards were presented on behalf of Project ICARUS, the sustainability project created by ITM in 2006, after a panel of academics, consultants and travel buyers judged the two winners as leaders in their sectors.

“We are honoured to be once again recognised by Project ICARUS for our sustainability efforts and remain committed to continuing to lead the way for our industry and clients,” said Sandy Moring, senior director, programme management and sustainability.

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About Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) is a global leader specialised in business travel management. CWT serves companies, government institutions and non-governmental organisations of all sizes in 149 countries and territories. By leveraging both the expertise of its people and leading-edge technology, CWT helps clients derive the greatest value from their travel programme in terms of savings, service, security and sustainability. The company is also committed to providing best-in-class service and assistance to travellers. CWT services and solutions comprise: Traveller & Transaction Services, Programme Optimisation, Safety & Security, Meetings & Events and Energy Services. In 2010, sales volume for wholly owned operations and joint ventures totalled US$24.3 billion. Carlson Wagonlit Travel supports the global healthcare initiative known as MASSIVEGOOD, which enables travellers to make a “micro-contribution” when they purchase travel services. For more information about CWT, please visit our global website at Follow us on Twitter @CarlsonWagonlit

Project ICARUS was established, with help from the government’s Omega fund, by ITM in 2006 to create resources for all aspects of responsible corporate travel and meetings. It offers stakeholders environmental and duty of care toolkits, an awards programme and an accreditation programme. It is overseen by an advisory board of senior buyers, academics and consultants. The ICARUS accreditation and awards assessment is made by the ICARUS Advisory Group – the project team made up of 11 travel buyers, consultants and academics which originally formed ICARUS in 2006.

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