NBTA Honors Products That Make Business Travel Easier

In honor of products that make life on the road easier, the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) and The Wall Street Journal have announced the winners of the first-ever Business Traveler Innovation Awards.

Nominated by corporate travelers and chosen by public voters, the winners are services, products and ideas that "help to make business trips easier and more productive," according to NBTA, which will present the awards at the 2010 NBTA International Convention & Exposition, taking place next week in Houston.

The Business Traveler Innovation Awards' top honor — the Travelers' Choice Award — goes to the innovation that received the highest number of votes, which this year was Continental Airlines' Mobile Boarding Pass, a paperless boarding pass that the airline introduced in December 2007, allowing customers to board a plane by displaying a 2D barcode along with passenger and flight information on their mobile phone.

Other award recipients include winners in eight individual categories, including "Meetings & Conventions," the winner of which is Hyatt Hotels and Resorts for its Hyatt Meeting Promise, a written guarantee of high-quality customer service and event execution.

Other award winners include: Enterprise Rent-A-Car for ECARSTM 2.0, its new energy-efficient rental transaction system; Westin Hotels and Resorts for its Heavenly Bed; TripIt for its Itinerator, a mobile application that lets travelers organize and share their trip information; National Car Rental for its Emerald Club loyalty program; Cisco Systems for its Show and Share social video system; and Apple for its iPad tablet computer.