Only 11% Priority Post-Epidemic Business Travel, Despite Human Demand

Only 11% Priority Post-Epidemic Business Travel, Despite Human Demand

The majority of employees surveyed (57%) said they would be more encouraged to take the train if their employer offered incentives around it

Yet, only 1 in nine (11%) of employers list sustainability as an important factor right now for business travel arrangements

A survey of 1,022 UK employees and 250 employers asked questions around business travel and sustainability. The data shows the demand from employees for more sustainable business travel, compared with a lack of prioritisation from employers.

LONDON, September 29, 2021–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Emburse, a global leader in spend management, is announcing the findings of its latest survey, aiming to understand current attitudes towards building back business travel post-pandemic.

Story Highlights

  • Generational differences show 48% employees aged 16-24 plan on using trains more, whereas 50% aged 55+ will use trains less

  • 70% of employers surveyed acknowledge it is their organisation’s responsibility to enable sustainable business travel

Key findings:

Changing travel choices

Almost two-thirds (61%) of those surveyed said the pandemic has made them rethink how they travel Almost half (48%) of those aged 16-24 said they would be using the train more than before the pandemic, more than double the amount of employees aged 55+ (20%)

Covid safety weighs in as the most important factor for over a third (34%) for employers to consider right now for business travel arrangements Cost is the second most important factor, with 17% of employers listing this as an important consideration

Only 1 in nine (11%) employers list sustainability as a factor, with other most important factors being efficiency (13%) and shortest journey (9%) Kenny Eon, GM and SVP EMEA at Emburse commented on the findings:

“With fewer business trips, companies should be investing in better, more sustainable travel for their employees – without having to increase travel budgets. “Climate change is a real issue, and we all need to be making a conscious effort to change our habits and help protect our planet. Businesses need to lead the charge and sustainable business travel is an important first step.”

“Undoubtedly business travel declined dramatically at the start of COVID, but the increasing numbers show that the appetite is still there. Whilst the past year with virtual meetings has been successful, there is a lot of pent-up desire for face-to-face meetings. We may not return to pre-Covid levels soon, but knowing that a considerable amount of travel will come back, it’s important that employers are considering more sustainable options. Story continues