Business travel more popular than ever

Despite pressures on business travel budgets, concerns about the environment and advances in communications, business travel is showing no sign of declining. Face-to-face definitely remains the preferred way of doing business.

by Barclaycard Business Travel Survey
Last Updated: 23 Jul 2013

In the 11th annual Barclaycard Business Travel Survey, more than a third of business people said they had travelled for business at least as much as in 2005, and 44% had travelled more.

The research also found that an overwhelming majority of people thought travel was essential for their business, and 79% said their business had benefited from a trip. Only 3% said that they could have achieved the same success for their company without travelling.

The most common reason for travelling was business expansion, at home or abroad. The research, which focused on the UK, noticed that the majority of travelling took place within the UK (73%) and in Western Europe (51%).

Despite the accession of Eastern Europe to the EU, only about 10% of travellers had gone there. India and China also trailed at the bottom of the most visited destinations, at only 3% and 6% of business visits respectively, while Africa and the Middle East were at 6% and 5%, although both clocked more visitors compared with last year (+2% and +4% respectively).

Source: 11th annual Barclaycard Business Travel Survey

Review by Emilie Filou

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