Through responses to bi-weekly surveys, Global Business Travel Association members have indicated that domestic busines travel is ramping up after months of struggle.
The association began polling members in late February with questions about how the coronavirus has impacted business trips to different places around the globe. In mid-April, members reported that 93 percent of all or most domestic business trips have been impacted by the coronavirus, whereas responses in early August reported that only 74 percent of trips continue to be impacted by the pandemic. This 19 percent fall in percentage points means that domestic travel is on the up and up, and that trips are cancelled or impacted less often than before.
“The business travel landscape continues to be difficult in Europe and the U.S., but we do see some small glimmers of recovery here and there,” said Dave Hilfman, the interim Executive Director of GBTA in a press release.
As domestic business travel increases, almost all (94 percent) of GBTA members are requiring masks and PPE for employee travel. Of these companies, 31 percent are providing PPE for their employees, while 20 percent are requiring that professionals obtain their own.
In addition, 74 percent of GBTA members have stated that their company has created a travel recovery plan, so that business travel can resume safely, carefully, and more quickly.
Although domestic business travel is increasing, international business travel is not expected to return so soon. However, 20 percent of European members have indicated that they expect international business travel to resume in the next 2-3 months, while only 9 percent of North American members expect the same.
The Global Business Travel Association has more than 9,000 members, self-described as the world’s premier business travel and meetings trade organization.