Online business travel to be the norm

Unmanaged business travellers have power over corporate policy

A panel of 12 senior corporate travel executives has said that as businesses find it increasingly easy to get better deals online, unmanaged, or individual, business travel could become the norm over the next five years. The Meridian Club Think Tank, affiliated to the World Travel Market, covered a number of topics at the event last week, many of which looked beyond the current economic crisis, considering the medium-term future for business travel.
As part of a discussion about technology, delegates agreed that travellers have so much choice and access to fares now that it is unrealistic to restrict their choice by using preferred suppliers. The growth of unmanaged business travel would lead to more corporate travellers booking trips within a defined budget.
[pictured: Meridian Club Think Tank; courtesy WTM]