As the corporate travel industry begins to emerge from more than a year of Covid-induced hibernation, a vast majority of business travelers are willing to hit the road within the next year—but are putting the onus on their employers to implement measures that enable them to do so safely and comfortably, according to a new survey from SAP Concur.
Conducted with Wakefield Research, Concur’s annual global business travel survey polled 3,850 business travelers across 25 worldwide markets between April 15 and May 10, 2021. Respondents traveled for business at least three times in the prior 24 months. Concur released highlights of the survey Monday.
Among the study’s takeaways was a prevailing sense of confidence that travel’s return is around the corner, with 96 percent of respondents indicating they’d be willing to take a business trip within the following 12 months. Further, 65 percent indicated they were “very willing” to travel in that timeframe.
Among those respondents willing to travel over the next year, 92 percent cited personal reasons as major factors, including 54 percent who were motivated by the desire to make personal connections with customers and colleagues, 52 percent seeking to experience new places and 41 percent driven by the chance to take a break from everyday life. (Respondents could cite multiple motivations.) Meanwhile, 89 percent planned to add personal vacation time to their business trips over the coming 12 months, according to the survey.