World’s most popular destinations for business travel revealed

New research draws on official government flight data to reveal locations most popular with UK business travellers going overseas in the last year.

The world’s most popular business travel destinations have been revealed in new research compiling flight data with government figures.

The analysis conducted by the comparison website comparethemarket.com looked at business travel insurance policies sold, as well as Office for National Statistics flight data that was collected. 

The report identified the destinations that were most popular for UK business travellers. The US is the most visited by business, with European destinations making up the majority of the remaining top countries. 

The top five

1. The US

More than 1.2 million people travel to the country each year, especially with growing hubs like Silicon Valley, a shared language and similar culture. America has the most expensive accommodation costs, but it also has one of the highest fixed broadband speeds.

2. France

With more than 1.5 million business travellers per year, France is also a popular destination due to its proximity and relatively cheaper travel fares. It has prominent sectors across manufacturing, tourism and pharmaceuticals.

3. Spain 

As Britain’s most popular holiday destination, Spain is only slightly less popular for business travel. Almost 796,000 people travel to Spain every year for business, with its affordable accommodation and travel.

4. Germany 

The country came in fourth with Brits travelling for business. Germany has the highest numbers of business travellers per year, with around 1.6 million people travel each year.

It is recognised for its production of electronics, machinery and vehicles. The surprise comes with the revelation that it has one lowest fixed broadband speeds.

5. Netherlands 

Netherlands is home to big brands like ING Group and Shell. More than 1.1 million people travel to the country each year.

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