Hertz was a big winner in the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and Fast Company's annual 2012 Business Traveler Innovation Awards. Business travelers nominated services, products and ideas that help to make life on the road more productive. Hertz won in three categories. The overall winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the 2012 GBTA Convention in Boston, Mass. on July 24, 2012.
Other travel industry technology winners included Sabre, Kayak.com, Carlson Wagonlit and Expert Flyer.
Category 1: Sustainable Practice
Criteria: Outstanding and original environmental efforts in the travel industry
Innovation: Green Traveler Collection
The Hertz Green Traveler Collection is their line of hybrid, electric, and clean diesel vehicles.
Category 2: Traveler Comfort
Criteria: Products/services that focus on travelers’ ease and well being
Innovation: Seat Alerts
A flight alerting system periodically checks for availability on the flights and seats and notifies travelers via email to mobile devices when seats open up or when new flights are added, allowing you to check availability no matter where you are.
Category 3: Travel Personalization
Criteria: Innovation and excellence in customizing the business travel experience for the individual
Innovation: Gold Choice
With Gold Choice, members always skip the counter and go straight to the car and if members booked a midsize car or larger, different models and colors are available at no extra cost.
Category 4: Outstanding Apps
Criteria: Applications that help business travelers organize and/or make best use of their time on the road
Winner: Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Innovation: CWT To Go
Easy to download and use, travelers enjoy automated and integrated travel updates for their travel plans while companies benefit from no setup and simple and secure integration.
Category 5: Travel Convenience & Efficiency
Criteria: Services that expedite the travel process
Kayak.com website and mobile apps enable travelers to easily compare hundreds of travel sites at once, in one comprehensive, fast and intuitive display.
Category 6: Travel Management
Winner: Sabre Travel Network
Innovation: Sabre Virtual Meetings
Sabre Virtual Meetings is the industry’s first, patent-pending solution for telepresence room distribution and scheduling
Category 7: Traveler Productivity
Innovation: Hertz NeverLost Online Trip Planning
The Hertz NeverLost GPS reservation in a full size or larger vehicle are equipped with the newest version of the Hertz NeverLost navigation system, which supports Online Trip Planning.