Company policy keeping business travellers in economy

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Company policy is as much a contributing factor as cost for companies when deciding how close staff will sit to the front of the plane, according to a new study.The 2012 Fall Travel Trends Survey conducted by Travel Leaders Group found that the top reason for business travellers flying in coach was 50.6 percent  cost, followed by 44.3 percent company policy.The study conducted on business agents also indicated that while 55 percent of business travellers are placed ‘luxury’ or ‘upper scale’ hotels, 39.3 percent were often placed in only ‘upscale’ and ‘upper midscale’ categories. In line with alternative research, the survey also found that business bookings were up this year compared to last year, with 80.3 percent of those surveyed confirming their bookings are on par or better than 2011.“We are now heading into the fourth quarter of the year and there are still some important issues looming – be it the economic situation in Europe or the upcoming elections in this country – and all of that has a domino effect within the realm of business travel,” Travel Leaders Group chief executive Barry Liben said.   “There is no question we are a global society.”That being said, it has still been a solid year for business travel, as indicated by over 80% of our business travel agents stating that their corporate travel bookings are equal to or higher than last year.  “It is also apparent by our survey findings that a significant segment of business travellers are opting for higher-end hotel stays while they are on the road.  “That is good for both our business and the overall economy.”last_img