New York, NY, August 7, 2015 – American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) congratulates Eric Bailey, Global Travel and Venue Group Lead at Microsoft, on being named the 2015 Travel Manager of the Year by Business Travel News. As Microsoft’s travel management company, GBT has seen how Eric has long embraced technology strategies that simplify travel and offer limitless possibilities to travelers, and how he has gone above and beyond to bring these types of strategies to Microsoft’s travel program. 

Eric was also recognized by Business Travel News for his collaborative work with various leading travel industry players, including GBT, and his ability to bring added value to the broader travel management industry.  Eric was honored at BTN’s 30th annual Travel Manager of the Year reception held on Tuesday, July 28 at the GBTA Convention in Orlando, Florida.

“Travel managers are the heart of every travel program, working tirelessly to enhance the traveler experience while also improving the economics of their program. This is especially true of Eric,” said Melissa Beauchamp, Vice President, Global Client Group, American Express Global Business Travel. “We are very proud to see Eric recognized for his vision and drive.”

GBT proudly supports Microsoft and its employees by delivering global corporate travel management solutions.  Microsoft prides itself on offering technology that helps people and businesses realize their full potential, and GBT helps equip Microsoft’s travelers with customized communication tools, solutions and resources to drive greater efficiencies and maximize productivity while on the road.  For instance, the companies partnered to develop the ability to pull rich travel itinerary data directly into Outlook calendars, and to build capabilities that enable the use of Skype for Business to facilitate quick and easy communication between employees and travel counselors.

For more information on Business Travel News’ awards, please click here.

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About American Express Global Business Travel

American Express Global Business Travel enables corporations and empowers business travelers with insights, connections and exceptional customer service on a global scale. Through technology and information, 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.

American Express Global Business Travel has operations and network partners in nearly 140 countries worldwide with approximately 12,000 employees. American Express Global Business Travel ranked first among corporate travel providers in the 2014 Corporate Travel 100 (“CT100”), an annual listing compiled by Business Travel News which ranks companies with the largest volume of U.S. air bookings. Learn more about how American Express Global Business Travel connects the world at

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