“Solid year for business travel”: survey

Most business travellers go for higher-end hotel stays

Just over 80% of travel agents specialising in business travel polled in a new survey are reporting that their bookings are the same or better than last year. In 2011 that figure was 83.5%, indicating a slight softening in the marketplace. However, the results of the survey, which was conducted by Travel Leaders Group, encompassing nearly a third of all travel agents, are surprisingly upbeat. “Company policy” now has almost as much influence as “cost” in whether business travellers will be flying in the “front of the plane.” Also a majority of business travel agents say their clients are selecting either “luxury” or “upper upscale” hotel properties. However, if renting a car while on business, the overwhelmingly preferred choice is a midsized car.
The survey, conducted during August, is based on responses from 269 US-based travel agency owners, managers and frontline agents who indicated that 50% or more of their portfolio is made up of business travellers.
“It has […] been a solid year for business travel”, Travel Leaders Group CEO Barry Liben commented. “A significant segment of business travellers are opting for higher-end hotel stays while they are on the road.”
[pictured: SAS business class meal]


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