News Release

 GBTA Foundation, Project ICARUS Announces Finalists for the Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Awards 2013 

Award for Outstanding Achievements in Furthering Business Travel and Meetings Sustainability Programs


Alexandria, VA (February 25, 2013) —The GBTA Foundation, the education and research foundation of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and Project ICARUS are proud to announce the finalists in contention for the first Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Awards.


The awards recognize travel buyers, suppliers and intermediaries who can demonstrate outstanding leadership, innovation and commitment to delivering best in class sustainability programs, products and services across North America.


“The number of entries exceeded our expectations and clearly reflects the increase in number of companies building sustainability into their business travel and meetings programs. All entries were of a high standard and the judging panel had a tough task in determining the list of finalists,” said Bernard Harrop, head of sustainability Project ICARUS.


There will be one winner in each of the following categories. The finalists in each category are:


Travel Buyer:

  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Oracle Corporation
  • Intel Corporation


Travel Supplier: Transportation 

  • The Lufthansa Group
  • United Continental Holdings Inc.
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • The Hertz Corporation


  • Travel Supplier: Intermediaries 
    ATIV software
  • Green Hotels Global
  • Sabre Holdings


The winners will be announced and presented with the ICARUS trophy at the GBTA Foundation, Annual Gala Dinner & Silent Auction to be held on Monday, March 18, 2013 at the Marriott Marquis in New York.


For more information visit the Project ICARUS website: or contact Bernard Harrop on bharrop@gbtafoundation.org

About Project ICARUS and the GBTA Foundation

Project ICARUS, a GBTA Foundation initiative, is the most widely recognized and respected Corporate Sustainability/Corporate Social Responsibility program within the global business travel and meeting industry. This is a project led by and targeted primarily at national and international travel buyers/managers and their suppliers/intermediaries, who wish to integrate sustainability into the way they manage, run and supply travel and meetings programs.

About the GBTA Foundation
The GBTA Foundation is the education and research foundation of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. Collectively, GBTA’s 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its growing network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts with world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media. The Foundation was established in 1997 to support GBTA’s members and the industry as a whole. As the leading education and research foundation in the business travel industry, the GBTA Foundation seeks to fund initiatives to advance the business travel profession. The GBTA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, see gbta.org and gbta.org/foundation.