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Business travellers are increasingly less likely to opt for overnight business trips according to research.

Market intelligence firm STR polled global travellers in November to reveal that 44 per cent were less likely to travel for business in November compared to 39 per cent in July.

The company also looked at how sentiment varied across different age groups with only slightly less negative feeling about business travel among younger travellers compared with older age groups.

STR says sentiment could be converging across groups with increased confidence in travel from older travellers because of vaccinations combined with a dip in confidence from younger travellers because of the fear of long Covid.

Respondents were also asked about whether business travel would return to pre-pandemic levels revealing 27 per cent who agree it will return to 2019 levels compared to 53 per cent who disagree.

Despite the gloomy outlook travellers are positive about the possibility of being able to work while traveling.

The STR research reveals 30 per cent would be more interested in the idea of a “workation” than they were before the pandemic.

The research also highlights “collaboration travel” as an opportunity for the industry with remote teams coming together for regular in-person meetings.

There was much optimism in October with the return of international travel according to Global Business Travel Association figures.

However, later research released by Collinson and the Centre for Aviation revealed 35 per cent see short-haul business travel hitting between 41 to 60 per cent of pre-pandemic levels in 2022.

The recovery in long-haul business travel is expected to be longer with 86 per cent of respondents believing there will be less than 66 per cent of 2019 levels this year.


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