September 11, 2018
47% of travel managers in Asia Pacific reported an increase in enquiries about flexibility to mix business and leisure. (Photo Credit: monkeybusinessimages/GettyImages)
A new research by Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE Global) in collaboration with American Express Global Business (GBT) found that the demand for family-friendly corporate travel is on the rise in the Asia-Pacific region. 

The study, 'Balancing Business Travel Tools & Policy for the Traveller Experience', also found that 47% of travel managers in Asia Pacific reported an increase in enquiries about flexibility to mix business and leisure. Furthermore, 29% of travel managers in APAC reported an increase in concerns about work-life balance, highlighting the importance for employers to review ways to appropriately support business travellers.

Jo Sully, GBT's vice president & regional general manager, Australia & Southeast Asia, said, "Life on the road for frequent business travellers can be isolating, and put strain on family life. So it's unsurprising that we're witnessing a steady rise in the number of requests to bring family along when travelling for work." Kelly then added that it is essential for family time to not distract or hinder the business objectives of the trip, which can be managed via good time management. 

Greeley Koch, executive director, ACTE Global, shared Kelly's sentiment, "Business travel can be exhausting and stressful, but pursuing a collaborative process can go a long way towards supporting healthy, rested and productive employees. A two-way dialogue that addresses both employee and employer requirements, however, can actually help all parties meet their objectives. In this case, compromise need not leave both sides unhappy."