Business beats family trips, study says

Almost one in five corporate travelers prefer business trips to family vacations, according to research conducted by Guildford’s Mandolay Hotel. The property surveyed 427 of its business guests and found that 17% enjoy business visits more than family downtime. Four times as many men felt this way than women. For both men and women, the main benefit of a business trip is to meet colleagues in other locations, however, the research revealed gender divide when it came to what respondents considered to be the other main benefits of traveling for work. The study revealed that over half of the men (56%) enjoy a business trip for the opportunity to get to know a new place whereas almost half of women (48%) enjoy a business trip as the opportunity to relax and be looked after by hotel staff. Some 14% of women cited the main benefit of a professional trip as the opportunity to get away from family members, while just 5% of men felt this way. “Business trips should be enjoyed as much as possible. After all, a business trip offers a great opportunity to discover a new place, meet new people and enjoy being looked after by hotel staff,” said Mandolay proprietor and manager Stephen Hay. Despite a gender divide in some areas, the research also revealed that men and women both look for the same things in a business hotel, with a clean room and bathroom, good food and wi-fi facilities being the top three criteria during their trip.

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