Carlson Wagonlit Travel has announced that Kurt Ekert is replacing Douglas Anderson as president and chief executive, with immediate effect. In this role, Ekert will report directly to the Carlson board of directors. Under Anderson’s leadership, CWT became the industry leader in business travel and made significant advancement in technology, including the acquisition of WorldMate.
In the first year of the mobile hotel booking functionality on CWT To Go, Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s travel app, bookings have grown in excess of 20 per cent each month. CWT’s launch of mobile hotel booking has been heralded a major success by clients.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel has reported solid financial results for 2015 despite a continued challenging economic climate. CWT increased its new business sales to US$1.7 billion, while transactions were stable at 61.4 million. Overall sales volume reached US$24.2 billion, reflecting the significant curtailment in travel expenses by energy customers.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel will continue to manage the travel programme for InterContinental Hotels Group across the globe, including the UK. CWT has held the contract for IHG’s global business travel since 2009 and will continue to do so until at least 2017.
Julie Dabaly Scott, managing director, and Natalie Nesbitt, head of sales, Kenya, Carlson Wagonlit Travel speak to Breaking Travel News at the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2015, hosted by Kempinski Seychelles Resort.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel has announced strong financial results for 2014, with the organisation recording new business sales of US$1.6 billion in 2014. Overall sales volume increased by 1.6 per cent to US$27.3 billion, reflecting the continuing variable global economic climate. The number of transactions managed by CWT increased by 3.3 per cent to 62.3 million.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel has announced it is one of the founding members of Welcome City Lab. Created in 2013 by Paris&co with the support of the City of Paris, BpiFrance and the Tourist and Congresses Bureau of Paris, Welcome City Lab is the world’s first incubator dedicated to travel. CWT joins other founding members ADP, Air France, Amadeus, Galeries Lafayette, Skyboard, Sodexo Prestige and Viparis.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel has announced the official opening of its new facility in Manila, Philippines. The opening took place during a ceremony attended by Monchito Ibrahim, deputy executive director of the information and communications technology office of the department of science and technology, and Corazon Jorda-Apo, director for the market development group of the department of tourism.
Travelport and Carlson Wagonlit Travel, one of the world’s leading travel management companies, have announced an expanded multi-year, global agreement. The agreement builds upon the two companies’ already long standing relationship and creates a long-term commercial framework to lead and define the working partnership between the two organisations through to the next decade.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel has announced it will be integrating Travel Gamification into its award-winning mobile app, CWT To Go. For those companies that use a points-earned system, travellers will be able to keep track of their position on their company’s gamification leader board, which will help them make better travel decisions that support travel policy and drive savings when they are on the move.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel has announced that Martine Gerow has been appointed executive vice president & chief financial officer. Gerow will take up her position in September of this year. Based in Paris, she will report to Douglas Anderson, CWT president, and will be a member of the global executive team.