CWT helps international businesses find the best times to plan multi-country meetings

Amsterdam | 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 developed the app in partnership with Michael Segalla, professor of management at HEC* Paris, who conducted research in this area. According to an article he published in Harvard Business Review, approximately one third of the days in a year are "holiday-free days."

"Scheduling an international meeting, face to face or by conference call, is challenging in today's global environment," commented Professor Segalla. "I found very few common working days available for a meeting after accounting for all typical national and religious holidays observed around the world."

Based on Segalla’s findingsCWT 78 BizDays was developed to help organize international meetings at the best possible time for participants located in various countries. In addition, the meeting organizer can send participants a meeting notification via email directly from the CWT 78 BizDays app. Users can also find a wealth of country-specific information within the app, including background on the holidays that are celebrated in any given country.

CWT is committed to investing in mobile solutions that support its promise to deliver the perfect trip to business travelers. Working with its newly-acquired subsidiary, WorldMate, CWT will be integrating additional functionalities into its mobile tools to ensure that travelers benefit from an even broader range of on-the-go services. Developed in-house, CWT 78BizDays is another key step in CWT’s mobile technology roadmap. 

"With the explosion of mobile, travelers are using their mobile devices to plan, book and adjust their travel arrangements, in the same way we are expecting meeting organizers to use mobile devices more and more to plan and organize their international meetings. CWT 78 BizDays can help them do that," said Patrice Simon, innovation leader for CWT.

CWT 78BizDays joins both CWT’s family of mobile apps, including CWT To Go and CWT’s range of meeting tools including CWT Meeting Optimizerthat helps meeting organizers easily find the best location for a meeting of any size.

The app is available on iPad and iPhone from the iTunes apps store. Alternatively CWT 78BizDays can also be used via the website atwww.cwt78bizdays.com/.

     *Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) of Paris is one of the leading business schools in France and in Europe.

About Carlson Wagonlit Travel 
CWT is a global leader specialized in managing business travel and meetings and events. CWT serves companies, government institutions and non-governmental organizations of all sizes in more than 150 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 program in terms of savings, service, security and sustainability. The company is also committed to providing best-in-class service and assistance to travelers. CWT services and solutions comprise Traveler & Transaction Services, Program Optimization, Safety & Security, Meetings & Events and Energy Services. In 2011, sales volume for wholly owned operations and joint ventures totaled US$28.0 billion. As part of its commitment to responsible business, CWT is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact Ten Principles. For more information about CWT, please visit our global website atwww.carlsonwagonlit.com. Follow us on twitter.com/carlsonwagonlit.


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