According to the Global Business Travel Association’s February COVID-19 recovery poll, there are positive indications that business travel continues to turn the corner as concern from Omicron begins to wane and global travel restrictions loosen.
The poll also notes that business travel volume expectations are on the rise for the year ahead, as well as employees’ willingness to travel and to blend business travel with leisure time.
Companies responding to the poll indicated that they also expect to be heading back to the office, at least a few days a week, and many of them are facing headwinds in hiring and retaining qualified workers.
Suzanne Neufang, CEO, GBTA, observed of the findings: “We are entering into the next phase of global business travel – one of thoughtful recovery – and our recent research reflects that shift. The business travel industry is more optimistic about the path to recovery. The signs are there. With safety and health remaining at the forefront, we are moving into a more endemic way of managing the pandemic, step by step. And we’re defining and creating what will be needed for the ‘next normal’ in global business travel – for the industry, businesses, and travellers.”
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