Business travellers around the globe, and particularly in China, are happy to mix business with pleasure during their travels, according to a new study by the Wyndham Hotel Group.
According to the poll of 4,300 business travellers in China, the US, UK, Canada and Brazil, the majority of respondents admitted to inviting family members along on trips, taking advantage of hotels’ leisure amenities and tacking extra personal time on to their travels.
Chinese travellers were found to be the most likely to mix business with pleasure, with 67% of Chinese respondents admitting to inviting a spouse or family member to join them while away on business.
In addition, close to a third (30%) of Chinese business travellers regard their trips as a way to experience a higher-end hotel than normal, while a similar number (29%) view company travel as an opportunity to indulge in an all-expenses-paid trip.
American and Canadian travellers on the other hand, were found to be the most likely to view a business trip as an excuse to explore a new destination.
Extending a trip to include leisure time was again found to be most prevalent among Chinese business travellers (59%), while the majority of UK travellers (68%) prefer not to add on any extra time. Among all business travellers, close to half (46%) have extended a trip to include leisure time in the past, while a quarter (25%) always include some personal time, according to the survey.
A third of all business travellers (33%) make a point of exploring the hotel and its amenities when travelling, with 70% of those citing the hotel bar and restaurant as the most popular facility, followed by the fitness centre (60%) and spa (50%).
Overall, just (16%) of all business travellers polled by Wyndham said that business trips are only about work and not about personal time.