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In Brief for Dec. 12, 2007

In Brief for Dec. 12, 2007

There's no escaping e-mail now Airline JetBlue has announced yesterday it will offer free in-flight e-mail and instant messaging access via a partnership with Yahoo!, LiveTV and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion. The deal makes JetBlue the first U.S. carrier to provide this service. The in-flight e-mail and IM services will be available on “BetaBlue,” the airline’s first Airbus A320 equipped with an onboard wireless network ...

Crystal winners shine The annual Crystal Awards, presented by the Society of Incentive and Travel Executives to honor outstanding incentive programs, were announced last week at the association’s International Conference in Monterey, Calif. The 2007 winners:

· Most Effective Use of an Incentive Program for a Business Solution: Impact Incentives, Johannesburg, South Africa, for Standard Bank
· Most Outstanding Incentive Program (Up to three nights, 2,000 or more participants): Creative Incentives, Randburg, South Africa, for Avroy Shlain Cosmetics
· Most Outstanding Incentive Program (Up to three nights, under 2,000 participants): Creative Travel, New Delhi, India, for Tetra Pak
· Most Outstanding Travel Reward Program (four or more nights, 2,000 or more participants): Harith Productions, Willow Grove, Pa., for King Pharmaceuticals
· Most Outstanding Travel Reward Program (four or more nights, under 2,000 participants): EVT Marketing Group, New South Wales, Australia, for Yamaha Australia and New Zealand
· Most Outstanding Incentive Event (more than $80,000): World Incentives, Cape Town, South Africa, for Bytes Technology Group
· Most Outstanding Incentive Event (less than $80,000): USMotivation, Atlanta, for Diebold · Most Outstanding Event–Catered Event: Harith Productions, Willow Grove, Pa., for Endo Pharmaceuticals and King Pharmaceuticals
· Most Outstanding Travel Reward Program (4 or more nights, 200 or more participants): Cantrav Incentive Services, Des Moines, Iowa, for ITA Group
· Most Outstanding Sustainable Incentive Event: Uwin Iwin Incentives, Johannesburg, South Africa, for Momentum; Carlson Marketing, Minneapolis, for Oracle.

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