A new survey from Deloitte says business travelers are gladly anticipating an increase in corporate travel next year, which should translate into a welcome boost in customer demand for hospitality and travel.
In fact, by the end of 2011, 80% of the business travelers surveyed predicted that they will take more or at the minimum the same number of business trips as they did in 2010, with almost the same number of respondents (79%) saying that they will also spend more or the same.
When queried about how they think their 2010 travel levels would net out, the majority of the survey respondents (71%) said they would also take more or the same number of business trips. Only 29% of business travelers expected less travel in 2010.
I have to agree. I am sensing renewed optimism out there among my colleagues and friends. The current economy is certainly not perfect, but it is improving in some important ways and the changes in perceptions regarding business travel and corporate housing are proving this theory out.So nice to be at the end of the year for a change and seeing light beaming in from the new year. Goodbye, abyss!