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Friday, July 2, 2010

NEW business travel survey results

  • 49% conduct meetings in their hotels whilst away on business
  • 76% consider face-to-face meetings the most effective way of running a successful business
  • 11% find video conferencing superior to face-to-face meetings
  • The average Australian business traveller embarked on up to five overnight trips in the last year
  • 82% of respondents said they had been away on business in the last six months
Survey Results: face-to-face meetings trump technology for Australian business travellers

76% of Australian businesses travellers think face-to-face meetings are key to successful business

More than three in four Australian business travellers (76 per cent) consider face-to-face meetings the most effective way of running a successful business, according to new research* by Toga Hospitality, owners of Medina Adina Apartment Hotels, Vibe Hotels and Travelodge Hotels, and technology is considered a poor substitute for meeting in person.

Despite advances in technology for conferencing services, only one in ten business travellers (11 per cent) find video conferencing superior to traditional face-to-face meetings and only 8 per cent find conducting meetings by telephone more effective. The results also found that around half of all business travellers (49 per cent) conduct meetings in their hotels whilst away on business.

The fresh survey has revealed that many organisations still believe they get the best value from investing the time and money into sending employees interstate to engage with clients and customers on a personal level. Despite the cutbacks associated with the 2009 GFC, the average Australian business traveller embarked on up to five overnight trips in the last year. Four out of five of the Australian business travellers surveyed by Toga Hospitality (82 per cent) said they had been away on business in the last six months.

"When it comes to business, 'face-time' is invaluable and helps reinforce the all-important relationships that propel businesses forward. While the travel industry has certainly felt the effects of the recent economic downturn, Australian businesses still see the value in sending their team members across the country to see customers," said Rachel Argaman, CEO at Toga Hospitality.

"We recognise that regular travel can take its toll on team members, so we ensure that all Toga Hospitality hotels are well-equipped to support business travellers. Our hotels offer businesses centres and meeting zones, as well as laundry services and dining options to help guests relax and feel more at home. Our hotel teams work hard to ensure that visitors on business trips enjoy a comfortable and soothing environment after a long working day," Argaman concluded.

*Research conducted in partnership with Galaxy Research. The sample size was 405 respondents and the survey was distributed throughout Australia.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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EHaverstand said...

Business travel will always hold up the foundation of the airline industry due to the fact that face-to-face conferences are preferred much more than phone conversations, in general. This keeps businessmen traveling and airplanes still working. The importance of efficient luggage helps the businessmen have a smooth trip, allowing them to keep coming back, as well.

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