Carlson Nelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Carlson
Companies, remains the most powerful woman in the travel industry
for the seventh consecutive year, according to Travel Agent
magazine, which has released its annual list of influential
Agent, the national news weekly magazine of the travel industry,
is edited for travel agents and travel industry personnel.
publication recognizes Nelson for championing federal legislation
to help travel and tourism companies recover from the effects
of the Sept. 11 tragedy, and reports her appointment by President
George Bush to chair the National Women's Business Council. (Nelson
will be sworn in to her new position on September 17.) In addition,
the publication cites Nelson's meeting with President Bush as
part of an economic forum in August to discuss the state of the
is both thrilling and humbling for me to be recognized as a leader
in the travel industry," Nelson said. "Our industry
has changed tremendously over the past year. But it has demonstrated
its resilience and continues to add value for our customers who
rely on the industry's experience and technological advancements."
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