Aussie business travellers want more freedom from their employers

Elizabeth Barry 24 October 2017 NEWS

business travel

More than 6 in 10 Australians want to book the trip themselves.

Ten years ago, most people would have snubbed their noses at booking their own business travel. But new research has found that the majority of us want more control when we're travelling for work, with 64% of those surveyed saying new technologies and gadgets are making business travel more personalised and effective than ever before.

The research, from Booking.com for Business, found that more than half of Australian business travellers surveyed wanted more freedom and control in managing their business travel. This attitude is in line with the recent influx of services and platforms that have been released with business travellers in mind.

For example, Airbnb has expanded and developed its Airbnb for Business platform by launching a new search filter to help people identify business travel-suitable properties. Properties included in this search include wireless Internet, a laptop-friendly workspace, an iron, hangers, self check-in and a smoke detector. Other platforms such as Airly are looking to make luxury air travel more affordable.

For those surveyed, technology making it easier to personalise travel remains at the top of the list (64%), followed by those preferring to book their own travel to be able to choose accommodation. Interestingly, 45% of those surveyed were not satisfied with the budget allotted for their business travel and 54% believed that companies could save on travel if they offered a range of accommodation.

Businesses would do well to take note of the research, with other recent research from Booking.com for Business showing business travel is more important to employees than ever. A global study conducted by the platform found that 38% of employees would switch jobs if they were offered more travel opportunities.

The number was even higher among millennials, with 46% saying they would pursue new career opportunities for travel. Interestingly, 37% of the 17,000 people surveyed admitted to accepting their current role because of the travel opportunities on offer.

Considering the value employees place on travel, business owners should seriously consider whether it will be worth it as an investment for their business.

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