special recognition

Over the years, GBTA has awarded special recognition to our members, and we continue to celebrate their accomplishments.

Industry Icon Awards

This honor is only presented occasionally to recognize contributions to managed travel that are so important as to elevate an individual to the status of an industry icon.

GBTA icons are those individuals who display particular vision and innovation, not only in their professional lives but also in their service for the organization and the Foundation.   They are true leaders in the business travel industry.  They have the ability not only to think boldly and creatively about new approaches, but also to implement their vision in a meaningful and impactful manner.  At the same time, they believe in the importance of furthering the broader business travel industry and contribute their time and energy to making that happen. 

2017: Dave Hilfman, United Airlines
2016: Steve Singh, Concur
2013: Edward Gilligan, American Express

2009: Kevin Iwamoto, Starcite, Inc.
2006: Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Carlson Companies
2005: Hanna Murphy

Icarus Awards:

Recognizing travel buyers, suppliers and intermediaries who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation and commitment to delivering best in class sustainability programs, products and services.

Gold Medal

Wyndham Worldwide Corp
BCD Travel

2017: The Parking Spot
2016: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
2015: Viking Line
2014: Enterprise Holdings; United Airlines
2013: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Enterprise Holdings
Barclays PLC North America

2013: IHG

Symantec Corporation
Sabre Holdings
Enterprise Holdings

Scandic Hotels
Portman Travel
SCANIA, Global Meetings and Travel Coordination Team

2012: Oracle

Enterprise Holdings
Green Hotels Global

The Carbon Accounting Company
Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants
United Airlines
Barclays PLC
Portman Travel
Carlson Wagonlit


We are continuing to compile our previous recipients, please check back for updates!   Are you a past recipient?  Let us know here!