Poll finds 40% of experts expect business travel to resume within three months


With a view to better understanding the effect of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak on business travel, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has conducted a poll amongst its membership of 9,000-plus business travel professionals from every continent. GBTA is the world’s largest professional association representing the US$1.4 trillion business travel industry.

Collectively, GBTA’s members directly control more than US$345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually, and more than 1,155 member companies throughout the world responded to the poll.

The breakdown of respondents was:

  • Travel manager / buyer: 46%
  • Procurement/sourcing professional: 7%
  • Supplier: 32%
  • Travel management companies (TMCs): 9%
  • Other: 6%

Breakdown of staff employed at their companies, including all plants, divisions, branches and subsidiaries:

  • 1-500: 25%
  • 501-1,000: 7%
  • 1,001-5,000: 20%
  • 5,001-10,000: 10%
  • 10,001-25,000: 14%
  • 25,001-75,000: 9%
  • 75,001 or more: 12%

And the big question: When do you expect your business travellers to resume regular travel? Do you expect travel to resume within the next…

  • 3 months: 40%
  • 6 months: 17%
  • 8 months: 2%
  • 12 months: 1%
  • More than 12 months: 0%
  • Unsure: 40%
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