September 23, 2009 14:15 ET

The Beat Names Readers' Choice Award Winners at The Beat Live

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - September 23, 2009) - Readers of The Beat selected Southwest Airlines as their overall most admired travel supplier in a survey conducted this summer and announced here at The Beat Live,'s travel business conference. The Beat's editors this week presented Southwest with the 2009 Supplier of the Year award.

For the second consecutive year, Continental Airlines took The Beat Readers' Choice award in the airline category; Concur again won as most admired technology provider; American Express repeated as most admired payment system; Hertz won for most admired car rental company; and Marriott International earned its second-straight recognition as most admired hotel company.

BCD Travel won its first The Beat Readers' Choice award as the most admired travel management company.

In an online poll, readers of The Beat were asked to write in which company in each of the six supplier segments they "most admire for its policies, management style and service for business clients." They also were asked to indicate their overall most admired vendor. The Beat disqualified votes from those who voted for their own employer.

The flagship brand of online business-to-business publishing company, The Beat is a subscription-based daily "travel business newsletter" about business travel distribution and technology. last year launched The Beat Live in Cleveland, and reconvened the event this month in Austin. The company also runs, a travel business community, which is a portal for news and opinion offering multiple blogs by personnel and industry leaders.

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