TripActionsTripActions surveyed 376 French business travelers and decision makers in December 2021

. However, TripActions has tried to do just that, by surveying nearly 400 French business travellers and other decision makers in the sector. According to the newcomer to the French market, the results are quite positive, as its conclusion is as follows: ” French companies expect a strong rebound in business travel

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To support this optimistic thesis, the start-up puts forward several figures. For example, 75% of business travelers plan to make at least three business trips in 2022. A third of those surveyed (31%) even expect to make six business trips this year. However, those with a sour taste will note that one in 10 business travelers expect 2022 to be a totally sedentary year

there is no substitute for face-to-face meetings, and we know from our clients that there is a demand, even if it is pent-up

Every time restrictive measures have been lifted, we’ve seen an increase in business travel bookings,” says Zahir Abdelouhab, Vice President SEMEA at TripActions. ” I’m sure we’ll find ourselves in this situation again; there’s no substitute for face-to-face meetings, and we know from our clients that there is demand, albeit pent-up demand

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So travel again, but for what purpose? If business travelers are to be believed, essential client-related travel will be the primary motivation, ahead of deal-making and attending conferences or events. MICE players will probably welcome this last point, provided that these trips are validated internally. Business travel decision makers have not made this a priority for business travel this year. Interviewed by TripActions, they cite other reasons for future travel. In this case, developing new business relationships, maintaining existing relationships and essential customer-related travel

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These slight differences suggest that if there are other travel confinements and restrictions, or if major in-person events continue to be curtailed or conducted virtually, travel managers would be more likely to accept this than travelers; especially if their definition of ‘essential’ is different from their employees’ or if they are more inclined to curtail their potential responsibilities

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It also remains to be seen under what conditions these moves will take place. Because the crisis has come and gone, some travel policies have had to change. According to the data published by TripActions, 50% of decision makers have made changes tem

to their travel policies during the pandemic. These changes will be maintained in the long term for 35% of respondents. These measures should enable companies to meet the challenges of the duty of care. And above all, business travelers who may have felt exposed to health risks. TripActions notes that ” only 72% of travelers agreed that their employer had taken the necessary steps to ensure their safety during business trips during the pandemic. However, the main demand of business travelers today is for access to reliable and up-to-date information on travel restrictions (77%), ahead of travel safety and health (72%)…