According to a survey conducted for the Business Travel Show by Priority Pass, a worldwide airport VIP lounge access card, the average travelling business man or woman will take an average 5.8 trips this year and an additional 3.5 flights for leisure purposes.
Separate research has also revealed that this group is much more airline loyal (61 per cent), they are also more likely to use technology, such as travel apps than the standard tourist traveller or commuter. What’s more, when enjoying leisure trips they are much more interested in seeking out different cultures, off the beaten track locations and luxury pampering when they arrive.
Another survey, done by the Collinson Group, found that more than 70 per cent of business travellers still fly economy class and stay in 3-star hotels or lower. However, most still prefer the services of a VIP lounge when travelling, concierge services when they arrive, and the possibility of an upgrade. A preference for rental car was not stated in the report.
Says Errol McGlothan, Priority Pass General Manager, , “Business travellers have revealed a strong desire for experiences to enhance their travel experience, such as access to airport lounges, concierge services, and upgrades. They are also keen to extend the benefits from their business trips to improve the experience of travel with their families, for example using points to ensure they can book plane seats together for their families when on holiday.”