Despite any concerns that the economy will slow business travel this fall, a new report found that will not be the case. This is good news for any occupation tied into the travel industry, including everything from sales jobs Phoenix Arizona (Click here) to hotel jobs.
The “Back to Business Travel Season” from Best Western found that a majority of people are still planning to travel for business reasons this year. That stability will support a number of jobs directly tied to the industry.
“Despite uncertainly on Wall Street, we expect to see a growing number of business travelers back on the road this fall as advance bookings at our hotels are up 8 percent this fall over last,” Dorothy Dowling, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Best Western International, said in a statement.
“Guests and business travelers are growing tired of surprises at check out, and we’re seeing that pricing transparency is growing in importance,” she continued. “All of our properties offer free high-speed Internet as we know that our loyal business guests appreciate it and rightfully so, have come to expect it.”
Here are some highlights from the report:
- 17 percent of people plan to travel more for business this fall, while 56 percent are planning to travel the same amount.
- 51 percent of people use a car when traveling for business, while 36 percent use a plane.
- 80 percent of people expect high-speed Internet to be included in their hotel room rate, while 74 percent think breakfast should be included, and 65 percent think parking should be included.
- 38 percent of travelers use hotel-based loyalty programs, while 34 percent use airline-based programs, and 12 percent use travel-branded credit cards.