GBTA Congratulates Dorothy Dowling of Best Western International, Selected by Forbes as among 2014’s Most Influential CMOs

Alexandria, VA (November 12, 2014) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the business travel industry, congratulates Dorothy Dowling, senior vice president, marketing and sales, Best Western International, for being among the most influential CMOs of 2014, according to Forbes.

The award recognizes the accomplishments of the top CMOs around the world, ranked by influence, how widely their opinions travel and how much reaction they generate when they speak.

“We are thrilled to congratulate Dorothy on her recognition and are proud of the leadership she has provided to the business travel community,” said Donna Kelliher, president and CEO of GBTA. “Dorothy has served as Vice President of the Global Business Travel Association Allied Leadership Council for more than a year and we have enjoyed her influence and extraordinary leadership on our Board.”

Travel was well represented on Forbes’ list this year. In addition to Dorothy, other recipients in the travel industry included Kevin Krone (Southwest), Stephanie Linnartz (Marriott), Andrew Nocella (American Airlines) and Jennine Haas (Avis Budget Group).

About the Global Business Travel Association

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA’s 7,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA and the GBTA Foundation deliver world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. To learn how business travel drives business growth, visit

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