American Express Business Travel to Launch BusinessTravelConnexion.com, a B2B Online Community



    - Online Network to Create the Business Travel Industry's Premiere
    Destination for Relationship Building and Sharing Best Practices,
    Research and Industry News -

    MARKHAM, ON, July 28 /CNW/ - During a press conference today at the
National Business Travel Association (NBTA) International Convention &
Exposition, American Express Business Travel announced plans to launch a
business-to-business online networking community for the corporate travel
industry. A first-of-its-kind resource, BusinessTravelConnexion.com will bring
together a consortium of industry decision makers, suppliers, and experts in
the industry's most extensive online, community platform. Also announced was
NBTA's commitment to become the online community's first industry content
partner. American Express Publishing's Executive Travel magazine will also
provide content to the site.
    Designed as a place for members to connect, share and learn,
BusinessTravelConnexion.com will draw together the combined expertise and wide
variety of perspectives of American Express Business Travel, NBTA, industry
publications, suppliers and editorialists. In addition to these affiliations,
users will be empowered and encouraged to participate in online discussion
boards, editorial reviews, hot topic polls, product development councils and
provide feedback on what they want to hear about from the industry. Other
features will include a resource center with white papers, surveys and other
research, RSS feed, blogs and benchmarking ability. Membership to the site
will be open to the entire business travel community.
    "The latest online innovation from American Express,
BusinessTravelConnexion.com will grant corporations and individual travel
professionals access to the wealth of information and expertise of our
organization and members of the broader business travel industry, while asking
them to supplement the site's value by contributing from their own
experiences," said Lyell Farquharson, Vice President and General Manager,
Business Travel Canada, American Express. "With the advent of new technology
we're witnessing the business travel industry moving toward online resources
and automated services, and our objective with this new, interactive network,
is to continue to revolutionize the business travel experience."
    Kevin Maguire, CCTE, President and CEO, NBTA commented, "As a leading
source of business travel industry information, NBTA continually seeks new
opportunities to deliver valuable resources to the business travel community.
We are pleased to work with American Express Business Travel on
BusinessTravelConnexion.com; it's a tremendous opportunity to deliver thought
leadership through a new media vehicle to reach an even greater portion of the
business travel community."
    Farquharson continued, "NBTA's and Executive Travel's content
partnerships add tremendous value to the industry intelligence we want
showcased on the site. Through their contributions and others who are
interested, BusinessTravelConnexion.com will allow companies to leverage the
collective intelligence of the industry to become more informed and better
equipped to make the most prudent travel management decisions."
    "Executive Travel is thrilled to be a part of the
BusinessTravelConnexion.com community. Executive Travel's content will provide
a unique dimension to the site by offering the perspective of the traveller.
It is beneficial for business travel managers and procurement officers to have
insight into the minds of travellers to help define the approach for corporate
travel programs. In today's fast-paced and ever-changing environment, there is
a need for a place where knowledge can be shared easily and quickly, and we
feel BusinessTravelConnexion.com does exactly that," said Janet M. Libert,
editor of Executive Travel magazine.
    As a first step toward a truly collaborative community, American Express
Business Travel is accepting suggestions for content and features at
www.BusinessTravelConnexion.com or at the Company's booth (No. 2239) on the
NBTA Expo floor in Los Angeles. Through each of these venues, individuals may
register to offer thoughts and receive updates on the site's progress until
its launch, currently planned for this fall.

    About American Express Business Travel

    American Express Business Travel
(www.americanexpress.com/businesstravel), a division of the American Express
Company, is dedicated to helping its clients realize the greatest possible
value from their investment in travel through increased cost savings,
outstanding customer service and greater spend control. For small businesses,
medium-sized enterprises and multinational corporations, American Express
Business Travel provides a combination of industry-leading booking technology,
travel management consulting expertise, strategic sourcing and supplier
negotiation support, and customer service available online and offline, around
the world.
    American Express operates one of the world's largest travel agency
networks with $26.4 billion in global travel sales in 2007.
    American Express Company (www.americanexpress.com) is a diversified
worldwide travel, financial and network services company founded in 1850. It
is a world leader in charge and credit cards, Travellers Cheques, travel, and
business services.





For further information:

For further information: Lauren Dineen-Duarte, American Express Canada,
(905) 474-8169, lauren.i.dineen-duarte@aexp.com

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