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Shared transportation bookings up "significantly" among business travellers

But Travel Leaders Group finds in survey that shared accommodation not picking up among corporate clients

Pictured: Gabe Rizzi, chief sales officer and head of Travel Leaders Corporate

Alternative transport use among business travellers has "significantly increased" in the past year, but the number of clients using shared accommodation sites such as Airbnb remains less than half, research from Travel Leaders Group has found.

The company found that 55 per cent of all travel bookers surveyed said that 11 per cent or more of customers (the highest bracket), were now using alternative suppliers for ground transportation. That was up from 32 per cent of travel bookers in 2015.

But when it came to shared economy options such as Airbnb, 55 per cent said none of their business travel clients were interested; a percentage that has remained static from 2015.

"As some business travellers embrace alternatives to long-established suppliers, companies must review their travel policies and how they accommodate 'duty of care' going forward. While traditional transportation suppliers still command the majority of the market, there is a shift and businesses can't ignore this trend," said Gabe Rizzi, chief sales officer and head of Travel Leaders Corporate.

The report surveyed 354 travel agency owners who specialised in business travel.

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