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ATLANTA — August 9, 2018 – Most U.S. business travelers are prepared to spend their very own money to cover non-travel policy conveniences like upgraded hotels, faster hotel airline and WiFi seat upgrades based on the “U.S. Business Traveler & Travel Policy 2018” survey published today by Travelport (NYSE:TVPT).
The survey shows business travelers are deeply divided&mdash also;with 55 percent agreeing and 45 percent disagreeing—over whether allowing their employers to utilize GPS tracking methods to monitor their movements and location while on business trips.
The willingness of business travelers to trade personal privacy for enhanced corporate security reflects their readiness to create sacrifices in substitution for other benefits. For instance, 70 percent of travelers are prepared to offer their personal data in substitution for personalized ads which are highly relevant to them when booking business travel online.
Other trends revealed in the survey include:
• Time is money: Convenience may be the motivating factor whenever choosing an airline for business travel. 48 percent of respondents prioritized factors like flight arrival and departure times, in addition to direct flights, while only 12 percent cited company cost-savings and keeping a work/life balance.
• Booking flexibility could improve: While compliant with policies, travelers want more freedom to self-service flights and manage their very own expense reports. While almost completely of travelers adhere to their company’s travel policies, a lot more than 80 percent agree they wish to work for a business which allows them to book travel directly and that allows automated, digital expense reporting.
• Travel budgets are up: Company resources designed for travelers to accomplish their jobs. Fifty-seven percent of respondents say their 2018 business travel budget is bigger than their 2017 travel budget.
• Business travel is really a perk: Approximately four out of five travelers prefer to travel for business. 40 percent definitely agree they wish to work for a business that asks them to visit frequently and almost 90 percent are permitted to keep for themselves the loyalty points accrued during business travel.
Commenting on the survey, Erika Moore, Travelport’s vice president and general manager of U.S. Sales said, “The survey suggests standard corporate travel practices could be falling lacking business travelers’ expectations while on the highway. Convenience and a familiar consumer experience are essential to business travelers when planning and managing their journeys. That’s why our mobile solutions, such as for example Travelport Trip Assist, alongside our agency tools, are so highly relevant to the requirements of today’s corporate travel managers and their clients.”
Source: Travelport (www.travelport.com)