Innovation Award Winners Announced

We hardly cover awards, aside from our own of course, but in June I issued my "off-the-cuff opinions of only a semi-frequent traveler" regarding stuff that real frequent travelers are more qualified to assess: the nominees for the National Business Travel Association's first-ever Business Traveler Innovation Awards, in conjunction with the Wall Street Journal. The results are in. Let's see how I did ...  [more]

I did pick winners in the categories of sustainable practice (Enterprise Rent-A-Car), conventions and meetings (Hyatt), outstanding apps (TripIt) and productivity (iPad). But not travel personalization (Continental), comfort and well-being (Westin), convenience and efficiency (National Car Rental), or business collaboration (Cisco).

And since I also failed to support the innovation that collected the most votes and will receive the Travelers' Choice Award, Continental Airlines' Mobile Boarding Pass, this adds up to me being more than halfway out of touch. Sounds about right.

The NBTA Convention's Business Traveler Innovation Pavilion will feature ten of the top submissions, and celebrity judges will "evaluate the featured innovations to determine the 2010 Business Travels Innovation Judges' Selection Award winner, which will be honored with the nine other winners on Aug. 9."

See you next week?