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Business travellers grounded by Covid, but still dreaming of flying

One in three people demotivated by lack of travel, while 40% miss face-to-face meetings, according to IHG Hotels & Resorts study.

Nearly 45% of survey respondents said travelling for work improves mood and motivates them, while 32% reported working smarter while on the road.
Nearly 45% of survey respondents said travelling for work improves mood and motivates them, while 32% reported working smarter while on the road. Photo Credit:Crowne Plaza Phu Quoc Starbay

Despite the challenges caused by Covid-19, road warriors are eager to return to the skies, with a recent global survey conducted by IHG Hotels & Resorts revealing that one in three workers are demotivated by the lack of business travel, while 40% miss face-to-face meetings.

The survey, which polled 6,000 people in the US, the UK, and Australia in January, revealed a desire for human connection, since more than half (51%) of respondents said business travel allows them to “create meaningful relationships with colleagues, customers, and/or clients".

Not being able to fly for work has caused nearly 45% to realise that these business trips in fact improves their mood, motivates them, and 32% even indicating that they work smarter.

A major aspect of the business travel life involves accommodation, with one in three respondents saying they missed "sleeping in a comfy hotel bed” most, and one in four indicating “room service" as the hotel service they missed.

Of those surveyed, 25% usually travel for business one to four times a year. The pandemic caused close to 60% of respondents to cancel up to four trips – both leisure and business — in 2020, and as vaccine news continue to bring hope, more than half of travellers in the poll have already rebooked cancelled trips or plan to rebook them.

"It’s often said that travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer, and our survey results prove that people are hungry for those rich experiences again," said Rajit Sukumaran, managing director, Southeast Asia and Korea, IHG Hotels & Resorts.

"But the world has changed, and travel decisions must be made more thoughtfully. As we look ahead, we’ve all had a lot of time to think about what travel means to us, what trips are most important, and how we want to reconnect."


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