A study by 4th Dimension Business Consulting (4D) of over 1600 managers, bookers and business travellers revealed that 49 per cent of people were already going on business trips now or would be expecting to go on one in the next one to three months.
And it was business travellers in Asia who seemed to be the quickest to go back, with 50 per cent having already booked domestic travel whilst over a third (37 per cent) of workers were expecting to travel internationally for their job within the next three to six months.
James Kavanagh, FCTG's managing director for Australia, said: "The business travel landscape and the needs of our customers have changed beyond all recognition over the last few months, and business travel conditions will continue to evolve and shift as everyone comes out the other side of the global pandemic. It's vital that we understand if and how our clients in each market and industry sectors will start to travel again, and their primary concerns and objectives when they do so. The first phase of our State of the Market survey has given us valuable insight into this process and how we can provide the best level of support. However, the whole post-COVID- 19 era is still full of uncertainties, and everyone is living and working in an environment that will continue to change. This State of the Market study is, therefore, an ongoing research project including customer polls in phase one and two, which will be followed by further in-depth customer interviews and focus groups over the next two months."