Southwest Airlines Co. today announced one of its executives was recently recognized for being one of the most influential leaders in the business travel industry. Business Travel News named Dave Harvey, Vice President of Southwest Business, to its annual list of the 25 most influential people in 2019.
Harvey was named to the list in part for leading a major evolution of the Dallas-based carrier’s business travel Team as it strives to make it easier for corporate Customers to choose Southwest for their travel needs. During the summer of 2019 the carrier announced it would be participating in industry-standard corporate global distribution systems (GDS’s) by mid-2020, expanding its direct connect channel strategy through ATPCO’s NDC Exchange; further investing in its free online booking platform, SWABIZ.com; and working to ensure its fares and flight schedules are in the channels business travelers and travel managers use to book corporate travel. To help with these travel solution enhancements solutions, Southwest Business is growing its Sales Team across the nation while also building a Corporate Travel Management Relationship Team.
“It’s extremely humbling to be recognized by the leading voice in the industry, but the real honor goes to our Team Members across the United States who are working every day to make it easier for companies to do business with Southwest Airlines,” said Dave Harvey, Vice President of Southwest Business.
“As we grow, we remain focused on being the most trusted partner for business travel in the nation with our expansive point-to-point network, business-friendly policies, low-fares, and award-winning Loyalty Program that business travelers love. Additionally, I believe our People set us apart from the industry when it comes to providing the absolute best hospitality in the travel industry.”
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