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The Bleisure Trip: Australia’s Road Warriors blend business travel with pleasure

October 15, 2014 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Aussie business travellers are becoming more savvy, with two in five opting to take a ‘bleisure trip’, saving money by tacking on a few extra days of leisure to their work trips, according to the new Hotels.com Business Travel Tracker.

Hotels.com, online global hotel booking website, surveyed EA’s and PA’s from across the nation to get a view of Australia’s business travel landscape. Hotels.com’s Business Travel Tracker survey shows while many people consider business travel to be a major perk when signing up to a new job, more than 1 in 2 corporate travellers find it unenjoyable – likely why the bleisure trip is rising in popularity!

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Hotels.com’s Business Travel Tracker survey also reveals the business travel sector in Australia remains healthy, with more than a quarter of respondents indicating they book 10 – 18 nights of travel every month for their organisation, and more than half book 1 – 9 nights of travel monthly.

In addition, the results show competition for the corporate travel dollar remains as spirited as ever with almost a quarter of businesses surveyed revealing expenditure on corporate travel over the past 12 months has increased by up to 14%.

While individuals are getting savvy when it comes to travelling for work so too are organisations, according to the Business Travel Tracker. Strategic scheduling for meetings to avoid overnight stays (67%), the use of online hotel sites (47%) and joining loyalty programs (15%) have proven to be the three most popular measures Australian businesses are employing to bring their organisations’  corporate travel costs down.

In a bid to keep corporate travel costs down, organisations are also taking a DIY approach when it comes to booking travel with 14% taking accommodation and flight bookings into their own hands. While less than half (48%) of EAs and PAs are now using corporate travel booking agencies exclusively for their business travel needs, almost 40% are using a combination of the two.

Loyalty members missed the points

Interestingly, despite proving to be savvy when it comes to maximising their holidays, almost a quarter of the 75% of corporate travellers signed up to a loyalty program are losing out on free nights or rewards, failing to redeem them in the specified time.

Commenting on the findings, Katherine Cole, Regional Director, ANZ & Singapore for the Hotels.com brand, says many Australian businesses could be saving much more by using loyalty programs to their advantage.

“With loyalty programs like Hotels.com’s Welcome Rewards, businesses could be earning up to one or two free nights of accommodation per month depending on how much travel they’re booking – saving businesses hundreds to thousands of dollars!”

Business travellers’ gripes and delights

Among corporate travellers’, the three biggest gripes they face when travelling for work include: flight delays (80%), jet lag (49%) and poor internet connection (48%). On the flipside, proximity to the CBD, in-house restaurants and free Wi-Fi were the top three most important amenities that keep road warriors happy.

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