Nearly a third of those working in the travel industry expect to travel more for business in the next six months, according to a new survey.
Property and leisure and entertainment sectors are more confident about their level of business travel in the six month period, while only 29% of travel workers expect to go on corporate trips more often. The statistics, released by Mapfre Assistance, also showed that 17% of those in travel think they will take less trips in the next six months, which means 54% think it will remain the same.
“There is a noticeable difference between the confidence levels of business travellers indifferent sectors, which should give business travel agencies an indicator as to where they should focus their efforts in the coming months,” said Leire Jimenez, head of B2B travel at Mapfre. “The difference between the responses by sector demonstrates that we are still in very uncertain economic times and we expect there to be keen competition between business travel firms for companies in the most optimistic sector”.
Business travellers in the professional services, retail and education felt they were most likely to reduce their corporate travel in the next six months.