Business travellers reluctant to add holidays on to work trips

One in five global business travellers choose not to add leisure days to work trips because of what their boss might think.

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Around 20% of business travellers have decided against adding leisure days to their trips because of how it may look to their employer, a survey by Egencia has found.

Business travellers in Asia are the most conscious of this, with 32% wary of tagging some holiday onto their business trip, with North America and Europe following at 20% and 15%, respectively.  

Additional findings include: 

  • 55% take less than six business trips per year on average, and 68% take at least one business and leisure trip per year

  • Destination location is by far the biggest factor in determining whether or not to take a business and leisure trip, with 30% of North America business travellers prioritising location, compared to 25 percent in the EU and Asia

  • Proximity to the weekend and proximity to friends and family came in a close second and third for global respondents, at 23% and 16% respectively.  

The Egencia study polled 9,000 people across North America, Asia Pacific and Europe, and has shown that while business/leisure travel is on the rise, employer perception, destination and proximity to the weekend all play into the decision-making process.

 

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