Carlson Wagonlit Travel has announced Bindu Bhatia will become the new managing director, Asia Pacific, from September. She succeeds Kai Chan, who will be leaving the company at the end of August after making significant contributions during her five-year tenure.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel has announced the appointment of Simon Nowroz as chief marketing officer, with immediate effect. Reporting to Patrick Andersen, chief strategy and commerce officer, he will be based in Minneapolis for the global travel management company.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel has announced that Vipservice, based in Russia, will be appointed to join CWT’s Global Partner Network. It is expected that Vipservice will join the CWT Global Partner Network later this month, once the proposed sale of CWT’s wholly owned Russian subsidiary to Vipservice is complete.
Carlson Wagonlit Travel has announced the appointment of Julian Walker as head of market communications and PR. Based in London, and reporting into the strategy and commerce organisation, Walker will have responsibility for market communications, communications strategy and public relations.
Johan Wilson, who is currently head of Carlson Wagonlit Travel in the Nordic region, has been appointed country director of CWT UK & Ireland. He will start his new role on November 1st. This follows the promotion of CWT UK & Ireland’s senior vice president Chris Bowen to managing director, Northern Europe.
Airbnb for Business has announced three new partnerships with leading travel management companies - American Express Global Business Travel, BCD, and Carlson Wagonlit Travel. The deal is viewed by the company as a significant milestone for Airbnb’s business travel programme, which has seen growing momentum in the corporate travel space.
Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood is set to change the hotel industry significantly, according to Carlson Wagonlit Travel. A new white paper from the travel management giant shows corporate travel buyers need to start thinking about the implications now and start planning how it will change their travel programmes.
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.