Over the past years, starting in 2020, statistics showed that corporate travel and general travel took a huge knock. In 2022, however, due to the progress made to combat the pandemic, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. This means that as the years continue to go by, corporate travelers and business travelers are going to be on the rise again.
In 2020, total global business travel expenses decreased by 52 percent, while corporate travel and related expenses in the United States plummeted by 71 percent. While these statistics are unfortunate, worldwide travel is on the rise again. It hasn’t reached its peak yet, so it is understandable why certain business owners and companies might be reluctant to take the plunge back into corporate travel.
However, it is possible to chart a safe and effective roadmap for your company as one explores the future of corporate travel and all that it entails. Part of this process would include reaching out to the key players in the industry including airlines, hotels, car rental companies, and corporate travel planners and their intermediaries such as travel agents.
Some of the skills you need for successful business travel include planning with agility, communicating with clarity, leveraging data in real-time to inform your business decisions, and aiming for improved comfort and convenience for your business traveler.