Business travellers using more technologies to improve productivity


According to the CWT Connected Traveler Study, released at the end of August by Carlson Wagonlit Travel, business travellers are using more mobile devices to improve productivity on the road.

The CWT Connected Traveler Study was created by Carlson Wagonlit Travel and conducted through Artemis Strategy Group. Survey data was collected from more than 1,900 business travellers from the Americas, Europe and APAC region, who made at least four business trips within the previous 12 months.

The main purpose of the study was to understand how business travellers stayed connected to both work and home while on the road. It found that, on average, they carry four different mobile devices (mobile phone, tablet, laptop) on trips. The smartphone was cited as the one “travel tool they can’t live without”, with over 80 percent of travellers across the globe relying on their phone to conduct business. 


Strength in global economy means higher travel pricing in 2018

According to the fourth annual 2018 Global Travel Forecast, travel prices are expected to rise sharply in the coming year, reaching nearly 4% increases in some sectors. The forecast shows global airfares are expected to rise by 3.5% and hotel prices by 3.7%. Nevertheless, ground transportation such as taxis, trains and buses are expected to rise by only 0.6% - significantly less than the 3% inflation forecast for next year.

 “The higher pricing is a reflection of the stronger economy and growing demand,” said Kurt Ekert, president and CEO of Carlson Wagonlit Travel (the joint producer of the report, along with the GBTA Foundation – the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association. “The global numbers from this forecast should be considered strong leading indicators of what 2018 will mean for global businesses, as we anticipate higher spending.”