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We Won! Airmule To Be Featured On Innovation Row At #GBTA2017

How Airmule Got To GBTA 2017


Earlier this year, Airmule was selected to compete against other travel startups in the first ever Innovation Series Competition, a joint partnership between the Global Business Traveler’s Association (GBTA) and Phocuswright, an industry-leading global travel market research company.


Participants voted based on the following criteria:


  • Technical innovation
  • Ability to sell the concept
  • Business model innovation
  • Quality of the management team
  • Potential market size and impact
  • Audience interest


Airmule was chosen as a winner during a tense and heated live voting session, which got us an invite to showcase at this year’s 2017 GBTA Convention as a featured startup on Innovation Row. The GBTA Convention is 2017’s largest business travel industry event, with speakers like General David Petraeus, Barry Diller, and Olympic superstar Michael Phelps.


As a special thank you to our readers, we put together a GBTA travel cheat sheet.


Where To Stay For GBTA 2017


We like The Westin Boston Waterfront, which is directly connected to the BCEC (the convention headquarters). Not too far away are Aloft, Element, and Seaport hotels, all great picks with superb service.


If you really want to submerge yourself in luxury, choose the Boston Harbor Hotel, a Forbes five-star property located on the historic Rowes Wharf. Might be a little pricey, but you get what you pay for, and the panoramic cityscape and waterfront views are worth every penny.


Finding Your Way To GBTA 2017 


Any major hotel will offer complimentary shuttle service, so you shouldn’t have to pay your way to your room, but for our more aquatic loving readers, check out the water taxi’s to/from Logan Airport.


For those taking a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft, expect to pay around $25-$35. Meetups are at the lower level of “Arrivals” where the “App Ride/TNC” sign is.


Eat Where The Locals Do


Probably more important than the convention itself: food. Boston has a never ending list of amazing restaurants and bars, so you’re sure to satisfy your appetite during your stay. We recommend walking over to Row 34, where you can enjoy freshly caught seafood.


Neptune Oyster is our must-visit location. A high-end oyster bar with delectable lobster rolls, and a usually heft line to prove it. Don’t feel like waiting? Just walk over to Mare Oyster Bar.


Any Post GBTA 2017 Plans?


You can enjoy some fresh air over at Lawn on D with your colleagues and have a mini bocce ball tournament, play outdoor chess, or Connect Four, among other things.


Definitely check out Public Garden, the Freedom Trail and Boston Common if you’re staying a little longer. Also, don’t forget about the Boston Duck Tour where you’ll be able to explore the city on a World War II vehicle.