Lukewarm promise of business travel revival
A third of business travellers surveyed by American Express expect the volume of travel to go up, potentially bringing to an end the precipitous decline triggered by 11 September.
Thirty-five percent of 1,400 business travellers questioned said they expected the volume of travel to increase, while more than half – 56% – said they expected it to remain the same.
Only 9% said they would travel less in 2003.
Geographically, Latin Americans are most optimistic about an improvement (51%) with European the most pessimistic – just 29% expect an improvement.
Somewhat surprisingly the main reasons for some respondents expressing a less than positive outlook were flight delays, losing out on office work, airline seating and service, and not airline safety – 88% said fear of flying was not a factor in their decision to take to the skies.