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Back to the Future:

celebrating our heritage of 150 years in travel

Almost every society that has developed over thousands of years has attempted to preserve its history and pass on wisdom and experience to future generations. Learning one’s heritage is a reckoning, asking one to consider the legacies that will underpin future decisions.

Throughout 2022, we will celebrate 150 years in travel, taking a look at travel in the past and travel in the future, a future CWT is excited to shape and enable, and that is undeniably about innovation and forging new paths.

We’ll be sharing more on a monthly basis, so please re-visit this page regularly.



It’s often said, ‘If you want to know the future, look to the past.’   We start our 150 years celebration retracing our steps.

We trace our own heritage back to 1872, when Belgian engineer and industrialist, George Nagelmackers, sold the American concept of sleeping cars to European rail operators.

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Successful stories are told over time

CWT is turning 150 and at CWT Meetings & Events, we are proud of our history and what we’ve built together. We want to recognize and celebrate our people. We make stories every day and we are taking an original approach to celebrate CWT’s landmark. In our own M&E and creative way, the website reflects who we are in our photos, objects and memories. Take a look at our M&Emories, M&Ementos and M&Elfies.

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collage of pictures of CWT M and E employees


The Evolution of Travel




Sustainability in travel isn’t an oxymoron – it is achievable and is underway right now. Carbon budgets, technology innovation and disruptors such electric and autonomous vehicles, hybrid and virtual meetings, all leading to more purposeful travel.



The evolution of technology is happening all around us at breakneck speed. It is what we relied on when travel wasn’t possible and what we used to ‘meet’ albeit interactively.

But what next? How will the virtual world affect how we travel and meet? From immersive booking experiences to actually feeling like you’re in the room with people, the Metaverse opens up a world of possibility. 




Hyper-individualization is all about delivering the best possible experience for you through technology. Personalized experiences, better performance, and more all supported by data and innovative technology. 






Will gates and security checks soon be a thing of the past? The introduction of Biometrics as part of the travel experience could mean exactly that.




More 150 from the Blog...


Micelle McKinney Frymire on how to future-proof for 2025 and beyond.

CWT is physically present in over 140 countries and staffed by 12,000 employees ranging in age from 18 to 90.

As the company celebrates a whopping 150 years in travel, previous CWT CEO Michelle McKinney Frymire talked about how travel can drive opportunities, how attitudes toward work and life are changing, and solving for the biggest issues of our time- from climate anxiety to inclusivity.

Michelle Frymire with her 4 dogs