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Four out of 10 buyers to have bigger budgets in 2018, research finds

A Business Travel Show survey shows 40 per cent of buyers will have bigger corporate travel budgets this year

Pictured: Business Travel Show takes place at Olympia London on 21-22 February 2018.

Four out of 10 buyers will have bigger corporate travel budgets in 2018, according to research carried out by the Business Travel Show.

This is an increase on last year, when just 32 per cent said they would have more money to spend.

Also, almost half of buyers (49 per cent) claim they will also have more to spend on air travel and accommodation. However, 45 per cent expect to have more trips to manage next year and 47 per cent expect total travel costs to rise.

David Chapple, Business Travel Show event director, said: “This time last year, geopolitical events such as Brexit and the imminent inauguration of President Trump left many concerned for the economy and the widespread feeling of uncertainty about what the future holds undoubtedly leaked in to the corporate travel market. 

“The results of our survey, however, indicate that caution in business travel was short-lived and budgets and growth appear to be healthier than ever. In fact, some commentators have even suggested corporate travel may do better than other industries, as companies invest more in travel to explore alternative trade avenues outside of Europe following the Brexit vote.”

The research, which was carried out with 243 buyers, also revealed that just 15 per cent of buyers will have fewer trips to manage.

Carrie Nederpel, travel specialist in the Netherlands and Business Travel Show advisory board member, said: “From what I have noticed here in the Netherlands, business is booming and, along with that, so is travel. The need and financial ability for corporate travel is increasing, as are the budgets to do so.  The challenge for a travel buyer is how to spend our increase in money wisely and ‘shop around’, as it were.”

Business Travel Show takes place at Olympia London on 21-22 February 2018.

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