American Express Global Business Travel Named Exclusive Travel Provider for the 2017 Canada Summer Games

TORONTO, March 30, 2015 /CNW/ - American Express Global Business Travel ("GBT") today announced that it has been selected to provide travel management services for the 2017 Canada Summer Games taking place in 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

As official travel provider, GBT will provide support and facilitate bookings for travellers associated with the Games including thousands of athletes, coaches, officials, employees and volunteers flying in from across Canada. GBT's national team of travel counselors will assist with end-to-end booking and provide 24/7 support for travelers.

"GBT is proud to be playing such an important role in bringing Canada's most promising athletes together," says Colin Temple, Vice President and General Manager at American Express Global Business Travel. "Our leading solutions and support services will help make travel arrangements as seamless as possible for participants, allowing them to focus on their performance and experience at the games."

"The Canada Games Council is thrilled to count GBT as the travel provider of record at the 2017 Canada Summer Games" says Tom Quinn, Chairman of the Canada Games Council. "With deep Global networks, service dependability and decades of experience working with Canada's largest organizations, GBT has the structure and resources in place to assist in both a professional and personalized way". 

The Canada Games are a high-level multi-sport event for amateur athletes that is held every two years in Canada, alternating between the winter and summer events. The 2017 Summer Games taking place in Winnipeg, Manitoba have special significance as they will be held during Canada's 150th birthday celebrations and will mark the 50th anniversary of the games.

About American Express Global Business Travel
Positioned at the intersection of commerce and travel, American Express Global Business Travel offers its customers a comprehensive network, service dependability, and deep insight to help move people and businesses forward. American Express Global Business Travel provides leading travel solutions, integrated consulting services, proprietary research, and end-to-end meetings and events capabilities.

These innovative offerings enable clients to optimize the return on their travel and meetings investments. Learn more at www.amexglobalbusinesstravel.com.

American Express Global Business Travel is part of one of the world's largest travel agency networks with locations in nearly 140 countries worldwide.

­American Express Global Business Travel ("GBT") is a joint venture that is not wholly-owned by American Express Company or any of its subsidiaries ("American Express"). "American Express Global Business Travel", "American Express" and the American Express logo are trademarks of American Express, and are used under limited license.

About the Canada Games
Held once every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games represent the highest level of national competition for up and coming Canadian athletes. The Games have been hosted in every province at least once since their inception in Quebec City during Canada's Centennial in 1967. The Games are proud of their contribution to Canada's sport development system in addition to their lasting legacy of sport facilities, community pride and national unity. The organization of the Canada Games is made possible thanks to the contribution and support of the Government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, host municipalities and the Canada Games Council.

SOURCE American Express Global Business Travel

For further information: Media Contacts: Tess Alberts, American Express Global Business Travel, (212) 640-8801, tess.alberts@aexp.com; Kim Gibson, Kwittken Canada, (416) 307-2373, kgibson@kwittken.com

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