Marco Pellizzer, Vice President and General Manager, CITS American Express Global Business Travel, Awarded 2016 Magnolia Gold Award by Shanghai Municpal Government
CITS American Express Global Business Travel is pleased to announce that Vice President and General Manager, Marco Pellizzer, has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Shanghai Magnolia Gold Award by the Shanghai Municipal Government.
In 2014, Marco was honoured with the Magnolia Silver Award, and he has now received the 2016 Magnolia Gold Award as a result of his outstanding contributions to the city of Shanghai. The award, named after Shanghai’s city flower, is given to expatriate senior executives and business leaders who have made a significant contribution to the economy, business environment, international relations, community development and other specialist management areas. The award was presented this week in a ceremony at Shanghai City Hall.
Marco received this award in recognition of the contribution he has made to advancing corporate travel management in Shanghai, largely due to his role leading CITS American Express Global Business Travel inChina over the past eight years. Marco has been instrumental in the design and development of the China Business Travel Forum (CBTF), held in Shanghai annually.
CBTF has been spearheading China’s business travel industry development by providing unique insights and market analysis on business travel management for the past twelve years. Each year, this event brings together approximately 700 executives from across the corporate travel industry, including airlines, hoteliers, Government organizations, technology companies, multi-national organizations and Chinese companies, in order to share industry insight and expertise.
In addition to business endeavours, Marco and the team at CITS American Express Global Business Travel are advocates for the importance of business leaders dedicating time and energy to assisting the local communities in which they live and conduct business. The company has instituted a corporate social responsibility program supporting multiple schools in Shanghai, and throughout China, for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“I am deeply moved and extremely proud to accept this award,” said Mr Pellizzer. “Having lived and worked in over 20 countries, I have no hesitation in saying that the city of Shanghai is the essence of a modern metropolis. It is a wonderful blend of high-tech and tradition, and a great place to live and conduct business.”
“Due to the nature of our business at CITS American Express Global Business Travel, I am fortunate to have crossed paths with countless home-grown and international companies. It’s pleasing to see a genuine passion and enthusiasm for developing the corporate travel industry in China. Through our China Business Travel Forum and other events and activities, we will continue to help our clients and the industry, grow and mature.”