GBTA Foundation / Project ICARUS Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Awards for 2013 in Europe

Project ICARUS is looking to recognise Outstanding Achievements in furthering business travel and meetings sustainability programmes

Alexandria, VA, 2013-04-30 — / — The GBTA Foundation, the education and research foundation of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and Project ICARUS proudly announce the first Project ICARUS European Outstanding Achievement Awards for Sustainability, in business travel and meetings across Europe.

The Project ICARUS Global Advisory Board and Sustainability Committee looks to recognise travel buyers, suppliers and intermediaries who can demonstrate outstanding leadership, innovation and commitment to delivering best in class sustainability programmes, product and services across Europe.

“Recently, we have seen an increase in the number of companies building sustainability into their business travel and meetings programmes and we are thrilled to recognise those companies and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to this drive to greater sustainability in our industry”, said Bernard Harrop, Head of Sustainability, Project ICARUS.

Awards will be made at the GBTA Europe Conference in Prague, 23rd – 25th September 2013.

Closing date for applications is 16th August 2013.

Earlier in 2013, Project ICARUS hosted the first North American Outstanding Achievement Awards programme. The winners, which included Oracle Corporation, Green Hotels Global and Enterprise Holdings, received their specially commissioned Project ICARUS bronze trophy at the GBTA Foundation Gala Dinner held in New York on the 18th March 2013.

Bernard Harrop, Head of Sustainability, Project ICARUS commented, “The standard of submission was very high and reflects the growing commitment to sustainability within our industry. This is proof indeed, that Sustainability is fast becoming a ‘business as usual subject’ in board rooms of leading organisations in North America”.

For more information, and details of how to be considered for one of these prestigious awards in Europe please visit the Project ICARUS website on or contact Bernard Harrop on

About Project ICARUS and the GBTA Foundation 
Project ICARUS, a GBTA Foundation initiative, is the most widely recognised and respected Corporate Sustainability/Corporate Social Responsibility programme within the global business travel and meeting industry. This is a project led by and targeted primarily at national and international travel buyers/managers and their suppliers/intermediaries, who wish to integrate sustainability into the way they manage, run and supply travel and meetings programmes.

About the GBTA Foundation
The GBTA Foundation is the education and research foundation of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s premier business travel and corporate meetings organization.

Collectively, GBTA’s 5,000-plus members manage over $340 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its network of 21,000 business and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers, with networking events, news, education & professional development, research, and advocacy. The foundation was established in 1997 to support GBTA’s members and the industry as a whole. As the leading education and research foundation in the business travel industry, the GBTA Foundation seeks to fund initiatives to advance the business travel profession. The GBTA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, see and .