Vaccine key for biz travellers

Vaccine key for biz travellers

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), says most members and stakeholders (79%) would be ‘very comfortable’ or ‘comfortable’ travelling for business after receiving the Covid-19 vaccination. Almost half support mandatory testing prior to travel to ensure the safety of clients when meeting face-to-face.

The latest findings come from the 16th instalment of the coronavirus poll, conducted by GBTA since the onset of the pandemic to measure its impact on business travel.

The international survey shows that respondents see an increase in employee willingness to travel. More than half (55%) of GBTA buyer and procurement members feel their employees are ‘willing’ or ‘very willing’ to travel for business in the current environment, up from 49% in the January poll.  Just 17% of the buyer and/or procurement members feel their employees are unwilling to travel for business at the present time.   

European respondents (67%) are more likely to feel mandated testing will help monitor employee safety and wellness than respondents based in North America (53%). In addition, more European respondents say mandated testing will help resume business travel (77%) than respondents based in North America (60%).

A majority of GBTA members and stakeholders (58%) support airlines requiring passengers provide proof of vaccination in order to fly (once vaccines become more readily available), whereas one-quarter (28%) do not and 15% are unsure. 

Border closures and restrictions have significantly impacted business travel. Two-thirds (68%) of GBTA members and stakeholders report border closures and restrictions have reduced business travel at their company and over half (56%) say the restrictions and closures have increased confusion and uncertainties about when business travel can resume. 

Four in 10 (43%) say border closures and restrictions have impacted their company recovery efforts in 2021.  Another one in 10 (10%) report border closures and restrictions have restricted imports/exports of goods and services needed by their company, and have employees stuck in a country/region unable to return home (8%). Only one in 10 say border closures and/or restrictions have not impacted their company.

Feelings about Covid-19 pre-testing as a requirement for domestic business travel vary. Half (52%) of GBTA members and stakeholders support pre-testing while one-third (33%) do not.

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