After being destroyed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the quick change to synchronous communication and virtual events, global business travel is battling its way back to business as usual.
During the epidemic, businesses used tools such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom, as well as virtual business conferences, to connect their employees in a less time-consuming and cost-effective manner. Most travel managers now believe that employees are likely to go as the Omicron version fades.
Even as revenues improve, corporate travel is projected to change dramatically in the coming years. Organizations that have become accustomed to cutting costs because few personnel were traveling are inclined to emphasize travel “sustainability,” in which employees are empowered to combine visits to several customers or conferences into a single trip.
Here are some of the newest trends in business travel today:
Spending longer time from one place.
There’s a notion that if you’re going through customs and you don’t know whether the regulations are beginning to alter, it’s a relatively easy to do it to get all your work completed without constantly worrying about the laws changing.
The bleisure travel
Another new trend (with a bad marketing term) is “bleisure” travel, which combines business travel with leisure or tourist. The GBTA calls it “blended travel,” but the concept will be the same: travel companies add vacation days towards the front or back sides of their schedules.