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Business trips resume

Over half of companies are now sending their employees away from home for work-related trips.

The new State of the Market research, which was undertaken between April to August 2020, revealed that over 90 per cent of businesses are already planning for their staff to travel domestically or on short haul international flights, within the next three months.

However, the amount of trips will definitely be less, with only 26 per cent of businesses planning to return to their pre-COVID-19 levels of domestic travel during the next year.

Before coronavirus, most employees took 6 to 8 trips per year, but it is believed this will now be between 3 and 4 trips per employee, each year until at least 2023.

Chris Galanty, Global Corporate CEO at Flight Centre Travel Group, said: "Engaging with our customers on the impact COVID-19 via this three phase State of the Market research project was vital in order to understand our customers sentiments and the best way we can support them during a period of rapid and continuing seismic change and uncertainty. Even now, as pockets of the industry turn towards recovery, the business travel landscape continues to shift and evolve. In preparation for a return to some normality, businesses and suppliers are reframing their priorities, processes and procedures. It is clear that uncertainty will remain for some time, particularly while governments re-impose border restrictions or quarantine periods. However, understanding how companies are resuming business travel and what factors are having the biggest impact on their priorities, will enable us to provide the best possible support going forwards."

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