The Stars Come Out

Busi­ness Trav­eler rolls out the red car­pet to honor the Best in Busi­ness Travel and wel­come the Busi­ness Trav­el­ers of the Year

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Fre­quent busi­ness trav­el­ers ap­pre­ci­ate all that goes into be­ing the best. They’re con­stantly on the look­out for the at­tributes of con­nec­tion, com­fort, value and qual­ity in the travel ser­vice providers they choose, those who stand out as bet­ter than all the oth­ers in their class. That’s the mean­ing be­hind the Best in Busi­ness Travel Awards – you, our read­ers, can rec­og­nize the best in the busi­ness be­cause you’ve seen it first-hand.

So it was that on Jan. 8, in­dus­try lead­ers from across the spec­trum of busi­ness travel gath­ered at the glam­orous Loews Hol­ly­wood Ho­tel to honor the win­ners of Busi­ness Trav­eler’s 2014 Best in Busi­ness Travel Awards.

The en­ergy that has been the hall­mark of the busi­ness travel in­dus­try dur­ing the past year was ev­i­dent – in the con­ver­sa­tions, first-time meet­ings and re­unions, which be­gan dur­ing the cock­tail re­cep­tion that kicked off the event and lasted through­out the evening’s fes­tiv­i­ties. The spa­cious ball­room of the chic Loews Hol­ly­wood Ho­tel was the per­fect venue to host the event.

More than just a place to stay on High­land Av­enue, the 20-story Loews is quin­tes­sen­tial Hol­ly­wood, lo­cated as it is near land­marks such as the Walk of Fame, the Hol­ly­wood Bowl and the Sun­set Strip. Re­cently re­fin­ished, ev­ery­thing about the ho­tel from lobby to its 632 gue­strooms and suites bears an un­mis­tak­able LA vibe.

On with the Show

The evening be­gan with a for­mal wel­come by Jerry Al­li­son, group pub­lisher of Busi­ness Trav­eler, who pre­sented an over­view of the mag­a­zine’s growth in the past year and de­vel­op­ments in our world­wide net­work of pub­li­ca­tions. Jerry was fol­lowed by John Hack­ett, vice pres­i­dent sales - tran­sient for Loews Ho­tels and Re­sorts, who added his wel­come from the luxury ho­tel chain and its Hol­ly­wood prop­erty.

Later in the evening, Jerry re­turned to the mi­cro­phone to present Pen­cils for Kids, the in­ter­na­tional char­ity that brings thou­sands of im­pov­er­ished chil­dren around the world the sup­plies they need for the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time – the op­por­tu­nity for an ed­u­ca­tion. Again in 2015, Busi­ness Trav­eler is hold­ing an on­line auc­tion to raise sup­port for Pen­cils for Kids.

Smooth ser­vice and de­li­cious food were the next or­der of busi­ness, ac­com­pa­nied by an as­sort­ment of wines and plenty of din­ner ta­ble con­ver­sa­tion. As the cour­ses came andd went, Dan Booth, ed­i­to­rial direc­tor of Busi­ness Trav­eler, be­gan the pre­sen­ta­tion of the awards.

The first at­tribute of the Best in Busi­ness Travel, con­nec­tion,on­nec­tion, was rep­re­sented by new­com­ers like the Best Mo­bile Travel App, Uber, and es­tab­lished names who are rein­vent­ing them­selves, such as the win­ner of the

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