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Business travel is not rebounding like leisure travel

Business travel is not rebounding like leisure travel.

A study by Visit Orlando has revealed that in that part of the country, business travel is right down by 85 per cent compared to before the pandemic, and is not expected to return to normal until 2024.

It also revealed that group travel is over two thirds (67 per cent) down compared to what it was for the same period in 2019.

Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, said: "Leisure travel alone cannot make our industry survive. We have to have this convention centre filled. There have to be meetings, there have to be conferences."

Whilst Orlando Mayor, Buddy Dye, added: "It’s important we show the world we are a safe community to travel to and having our hotels safe is probably just as important as having our theme parks be safe."

A study earlier this year revealed that more than half of business travellers from North America and Asia Pacific are ready to travel domestically, as 47 per cent of business travellers say they are ready to head away for work again, but those in Europe, the Middle East and Africa are less keen about the idea.

Around 55 per cent of those from the Asia-Pacific region and 54 per cent of those from North America would be happy with domestic flying whilst only 36 per cent from the EMEA shared the same sentiment.

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