Poll Suggests Business Travel May be Bouncing Back

These have been a rough couple of years for business travelers as their companies have suffered through the recession and cut back on perks – and in some cases, cut back on any travel at all. As FareCompare has been reporting, there are several ways for road warriors to travel on a budget – but budgets only stretch so far.

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Business Travelers Poll

However, if a new poll is any guide, business travel is heading back to previous levels. The results of a recent online survey by the Embassy Suites chain of hotels reveal the following:

  • About 30 percent of business travelers say they’re traveling more than in 2011
  • About 32 percent still say they’re cutting back on travel (but this is down from 41 percent in 2011)
  • About 19 percent say they still cut back on meals and other expenses, but not travel itself

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Best and Worst Cities for Business Travel

Just over 60 percent of these business travelers also say they try to stretch out their dollars by coming business trips with leisure – a phenomenon the Embassy chain calls bleisure travel.

Top cities for bleisure travel:

  1. San Diego
  2. Seattle
  3. Denver

Top cities business travelers would prefer to avoid (according to a different poll):

  1. Houston
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Orlando


Published: March 28, 2012