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November 12, 2008

Business Travel Show introduces innovation arena

Centaur Exhibitions is introducing an Innovation Arena at next year’s Business Travel Show, where the shortlisted finalists of the Innovation Awards will battle it out for visitor votes.

The arena will showcase the 14 finalists, who will each have a dedicated area to demonstrate their innovations as well as a 20-minute slot to present their product, service or process to visitors at the show.

The Innovation Awards – one of the key events taking place during Business Travel Week (www.businesstravelweek.com) – enter their fourth year in 2009 and business travel companies (exhibitors and non-exhibitors alike) are invited to enter their products, services and processes for seven different award categories: accommodation; air travel; CSR; ground transportation; technology; traveller service; and travel management service.

The first round of nominations will be whittled down by a panel of industry experts to a final shortlist of two entries per category. Business Travel Show visitors will then be asked to vote online in January 2009 and these votes will be added to the visitor votes cast at the show to find the final well-deserving seven category winners of the 2009 Innovation Awards plus a very special Gold Innovation Award to the shortlisted supplier considered to be the most innovative.

“Hosting the Innovation Awards over the last three years has proved to us that the European business travel industry is pumped full of creativity and ingenuity and the people and companies behind this continual spiral of innovation deserve to be recognised and rewarded by their peers,” said Business Travel Show event director David Chapple.

“We have introduced the Innovation Arena to next year’s show to provide a platform for these - most creative - companies within our industry, and to give Business Travel Show visitors an opportunity to decide who deserves to receive a much-coveted Innovation Award.”

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