GBTA Says Half of Survey Respondents See Employees as Willing or Very Willing to Travel for Business
Only 22% feel staff are not willing, demonstrating “strong readiness to resume business travel” >>
by: Harvey Chipkin
Half (50%) of travel buyers and procurement professionals responding to a Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) survey feel their employees are “willing” or “very willing” to travel for business in the current environment. Only 22% feel that staff members are not willing, demonstrating “a strong readiness to resume business travel,” the association said. Recent announcements of potential effective vaccines with a higher than 90% efficacy rate in clinical trials has increased sentiment among respondents that their companies will be more likely to allow business travel and to permit employees to attend in-person meetings in 2021, according to the association. Three in five GBTA members say their companies would be “likely” (44%) or “very likely” (16%) to allow business travel given the prospect of a vaccine, while one in five (19%) are neutral (i.e., neither likely nor unlikely). Only 10% say their companies are unlikely to allow business travel, and 11% are unsure. When asked about government restrictions, the majority of respondents say there should be an exception to mandated quarantine requirements for international business travelers who take short business trips that involve meeting with only a few people. Almost six in 10 (58%) are interested (with 28% “very interested”) in seeing this no-quarantine policy adopted. The survey was taken from Nov. 9 to 16, with a total of 822 responses received.