December 10, 2014 // Franchising.com // MINNEAPOLIS - Marilyn Carlson Nelson, former Carlson chief executive officer and chairman, became the first woman to be inducted into the Business Travel Hall of Fame during the fourth annual event presented by the BTN Group in New York City on Dec. 8. In 2012, Carlson Nelson inducted her late father and the founder of Carlson, Curt Carlson, into the Business Travel Hall of Fame.
Carlson Nelson was recognized as one of the most influential travel executives of all time for her business success as well as her company’s commitment to protecting children at risk. Under Carlson Nelson’s leadership, Carlson became the first North American travel company to take a stand against the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism when it signed the industry’s international Code of Conduct to end child prostitution, child pornography and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes.
In 2013, President Obama honored the company with the inaugural "Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking." Earlier this year, Carlson Nelson was chosen by a committee of Nobel Prize recipients to receive the "Oslo Business for Peace Award."
"I am honored to be inducted into the Business Travel Hall of Fame along with such a distinguished group of colleagues who have done so much to advance the travel and hospitality industry," said Carlson Nelson. "I have always believed that business can be a force for good. The travel industry and hospitality industry is one of the most powerful examples of this on the planet."
Carlson is a privately held, global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and is the parent company of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has more than 1,340 hotels in operation and under development including: Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson Red, Park Plaza®; Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. CWT is a global leader specializing in business travel management and meetings and events. CWT serves companies, government institutions and non-governmental organizations of all sizes. Carlson operates in more than 150 countries and territories and its brands employ more than 100,000 people. www.carlson.com
The BTN Group is the leading provider of comprehensive news, analysis and research serving the business travel industry. Operating across various communication platforms, the group reaches an audience of corporate executives who are responsible for buying/managing business travel on behalf of their organizations. Its unique portfolio of print and digital products, including Business Travel News, Travel Procurement, and The Beat, as well as 15 annual events and diversified custom offerings, provides opportunities for travel marketers to engage with business travel management professionals. www.businesstravelnews.com
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