Research by CWT, the B2B4E travel management platform, shows that business travellers feel that positives outweigh negatives at work (92%) and at home (82%) when travelling for business.
Travellers from the Americas are the most enthusiastic at 94% and 86% respectively, followed by travellers from Asia-Pacific at 93% and 84%, and Europe at 89% and 77%.
āTraveling to a new destination, meeting someone face-to-face for the first time, networking with people that can help you to advance your business as well as your career, and getting out of the work routine are some of the most exciting factors associated to business travel according to our findings,ā said Niklas AndreĢen, executive vice president and chief traveller experience officer at CWT. āItās important that we recognize the true value that travellers find in their travels, and understand what provides the most positive benefits while on the road.ā
CWTās research also shows that developing trust (39%), getting to know people better (32%), and efficiencies (31%) are the top three benefits of meeting with people in person for travellers worldwide.
European travellers value getting to know people the most (37%), followed by the Americas (36%), and travellers from Asia-Pacific (25%). Europeans also value the efficiencies of meeting people face-to-face the most (34%), followed by travellers from Asia-Pacific (31%), and the Americas (29%).
Another perk of traveling for business is the possibility of extending a trip for pleasure. The average number of times in the past 12 months that the respondents have extended their trip is 2.4. Travellers from the Americas took the lead with 2.7 times, followed by 2.4 in Europe, and 2.3 in Asia-Pacific. The average number of days ā globally ā was 4.3 days.
The research also uncovered that companies are mostly supportive of bleisure travel if employees pay for their personal expenses (76%), especially in Asia-Pacific (79%) and the Americas (77%). Companies in Europe fell short at 70%.
The survey was created by CWT and conducted by Artemis Strategy Group between January 29 and February 9, 2019. Responses were collected from more than 2,700 business travellers who travelled for business four or more times in the previous 12 months.
Respondents were from the Americas (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and the US), Europe (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the UK) and Asia-Pacific (Australia, China, India, Japan, and Singapore).