Singapore remains the top destination for international business travel with Auckland, Hong Kong, Bangkok and London following directly behind, according to data from American Express Global Business Travel (GBT).
While China has overtaken the USA as the world's largest business travel market, the study showed a decline in Australian business travel to China, likely caused by the slowdown in the Chinese economy. "While we haven't seen movement across our top three international destinations for Australian business travellers, we have noticed a decline in business travel to China over the past twelve months," said Jo Sully, vice president and general manager at American Express Global Business Travel Australia. "Shanghai has fallen from sixth to tenth in the overall international rankings, and Beijing has dropped off the rankings entirely."
"It's great to see that Bangkok has returned to this year's list as the fourth most popular destination. Bangkok was a top business travel destination for Australians during 2013-2014, however, it dropped out of our rankings last year, indicating that political unrest in Thailand had a clear impact on its attractiveness as a business travel destination over this period."
San Francisco is the number one destination for Australian business travellers to the USA. Driving the influx of business travel to the city are strong links between Australia's technology sector and Silicon Valley as well as improved airline connectivity.
Source: American Express Global Business Travel AUS point of sale data destination analysis for April 2015 - March 2016.