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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.

 
        
    

BACK TO THE FUTURE

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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The Evolution of Travel

 

 
        
    

 

SUSTAINABILITY

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.

As we celebrate a 150 years in travel, CWT continues to stay focused on the future. Our three key pillars are just the beginning for innovation focused on reducing environmental impact in business travel.

 
        
    

 

THE METAVERSE

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. 

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PODCAST

MICHELLE 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