SYDNEY - A new American Express poll of 800 business travelers from eight
markets reveals that travelers are more interested in saving money than
seeking comfort while on the road doing company business. In the survey, a
majority of respondents indicated that in 2004 they will book more economy
fares than at present.
At the same time, a majority indicated they will
not book more travel in first- or business-class. Significant numbers of
travelers around the world also plan to book further in advance of their
trips and use leisure-style non-refundable airfares to pare costs.
Nonetheless, international business travelers are set to travel more in
the coming year as they aim to balance thrift with convenience. In the
survey, respondents also indicated that they expect their business travel
volume to pick up next year.