In June, Emburse, a global leader in expense management and accounts payable automation – announced the findings of a recent YouGov survey that assessed current attitudes towards business travel.
The survey in May 2021 of 1,202 prospective business travelers found that 70 percent of respondents agreed traveling for work and conducting in-person meetings helps strengthen business relationships. This appeared to be the consensus regardless of age or gender across those surveyed.
However, there was a difference in attitude when it came to how different generations felt about traveling for work during the pandemic.
Younger people aged 18-34 were most keen to escape the house for business travel (52%), compared to only 38% of those aged 55-plus, suggesting they are less risk-averse when it comes to Covid. What is ironic is that Gen Z will be some of the last to receive the vaccine, which will make international travel more challenging.
Overall, almost half (45 percent) of respondents of all ages said that if offered the opportunity to travel on business, they would look forward to a break away from their household.