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The 2015 Best in Busi­ness Travel Awards put the ac­cent on both con­sis­tency and in­no­va­tion in a chang­ing in­dus­try

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In the 2015 Best in Busi­ness Travel Awards, the ac­cent is on both con­sis­tency and in­no­va­tion

Since 1988, when Busi­ness Trav­eler first asked its read­ers to choose who does travel bet­ter than any­body else, the changes in busi­ness travel have been noth­ing short of rev­o­lu­tion­ary. Vir­tu­ally no seg­ment of the in­dus­try has been im­mune from the forces of con­sol­i­da­tion, dis­rup­tion, tech­nol­ogy and glob­al­iza­tion that have wrought equally dra­matic changes in prac­ti­cally ev­ery facet of to­day’s world.

But while th­ese changes make head­lines, be­hind the scenes the elite of the travel in­dus­try are busy adopt­ing, adapt­ing, in­no­vat­ing and grow­ing. In other words, the best com­pa­nies in busi­ness travel are not stand­ing still but con­tinue to do what they’ve al­ways done – pro­vid­ing trav­el­ers with ex­cep­tional prod­ucts and ser­vices that make life on the road more pro­duc­tive, more prof­itable and more ami­able.

What­ever the changes or the chal­lenges over the past 27 years, one thing has re­mained con­stant: Our read­ers ’de­mand for ex­cel­lence in travel. That’s the source author­ity for the Best in Busi­ness Travel Awards 2015. The fact that any com­pany is voted to join this ex­clu­sive win­ners ’cir­cle means they have brought to the busi­ness travel ex­pe­ri­ence that ex­tra mea­sure of qual­ity.

It’s Your Call

As al­ways, it’s the voice of the busi­ness trav­eler that de­ter­mines each nominee for the Best in Busi­ness Travel Awards. The re­cip­i­ents are those providers of ser­vices and prod­ucts in the travel in­dus­try who have been voted the best in the travel in­dus­try by you, the read­ers of Busi­ness Trav­eler. No one from our staff had any part in pre-se­lect­ing com­pa­nies or pick­ing the re­cip­i­ents. So th­ese awards truly re­flect our read­ers ’choices.

This year, awards went to 34 re­cip­i­ents in 48 dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing the best air­lines, ho­tel com­pa­nies and car rental, both by re­gions and world­wide, plus such cat­e­gories as air­ports, loy­alty pro­grams and to­day’s al­limpor­tant – and seem­ingly ubiq­ui­tous – mo­bile tech­nol­ogy.

And while ‘dis­rupter’ may be a head­line-grab­bing term in the travel in­dus­try, in fact, th­ese awards demon­strate that what busi­ness trav­el­ers value is both con­sis­tency of ser­vice and in­no­va­tion in de­liv­ery. In the travel in­dus­try stay­ing on top means never rest­ing on any lau­rels. The fact is that a win last year does not guar­an­tee a first place fin­ish this year.

Each new turn in the road re­veals ever higher lev­els of in­no­va­tion and in­spi­ra­tion. And taken to­gether, that spells a richer travel ex­pe­ri­ence for you, the busi­ness trav­eler. In the end, it raises the bar for ev­ery­one, which means all of us in the busi­ness of busi­ness travel come out the win­ners.

Win­ners’ Cir­cle

The awards cat­e­gories have been grouped to­gether ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try sec­tors, ge­o­graph­i­cal re­gions or ar­eas of fo­cus. The eight groups are: Best Air­lines by Re­gion, Best Air Travel Ex­pe­ri­ence, Best Global Ho­tel Ex­pe­ri­ence, Best Ho­tels by Re­gion, Best Loy­alty Pro­grams, Best Places to Con­nect, Best Trav­eler Tools and Pro­duc­tiv­ity Boost­ers, and the Best in Global Travel.

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