Global Travel and Tourism CEO Marilyn Carlson Nelson to Keynote

FOR RELEASE: December 1, 2005

CONTACT: Jean McHale
  ISM Public Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3143

TEMPE, Ariz., December 1, 2005 — Travel and tourism is a fast paced and constantly evolving field. Stay abreast of upcoming trends when global business leader Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chair and chief executive officer, Carlson Companies, presents "Travel, Tourism and Tomorrow" at the at the Institute for Supply Management™'s (ISM) 91st Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit held May 7-10, 2006 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Nelson is head of Carlson Companies, a global group providing travel, marketing and hospitality services whose brands are present in more than 140 countries. Carlson tourism brands and services include Carlson Wagonlit Travel; Regent, Radisson and Country Inns hotels; Radisson Seven Seas Cruises and T.G.I Fridays restaurants.

Nelson is a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and in 2004 co-chaired the forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. She currently serves on that organization's Board of Governors for Travel and Tourism. In 2004 and 2005, she was selected by Forbes magazine as one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" and has been ranked annually since 1997 by Travel Agent magazine "The Most Powerful Woman in Travel."

Watch for upcoming announcements of Conference keynote speakers who will address more than 2,000 supply management professionals from around the world. This supply management event will feature more than 100 workshops and networking events, the Career Center and pre- and post-Conference events. Register online at For more information call Customer Service at 800/888-6276, extension 401.

As the oldest and largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. ISM defines supply management as the identification, acquisition, access, positioning and management of resources the organization needs or potentially needs in the attainment of its strategic objectives. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, influence building and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM continues to extend the global impact of supply management. ISM's membership base includes more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. Supply management professionals are responsible for trillions of dollars in the purchases of products and services annually. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM). Visit ISM's Media Room at, Quick Search: QS130.

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