Millions of people travel for business purposes every year — or at least they did before the pandemic hit.
For some of us, traveling for business trips, conferences and meetings is up there with the most enjoyable parts of the job, with many job advertisements even listing frequent travel as one of the perks of the role.
But for others – business travel is far from fun.
That said, the global business travel industry still remains hugely successful, and many businesses are bouncing back after the impact of the pandemic.
In addition, to find out more about the current state of global business travel in 2021 and our attitudes towards traveling for work, we’ve compiled all of the most up-to-date global business travel statistics of 2021.
Here are our key findings:
Let’s get into more details!
In June 2021, we surveyed 2,000 adults in the UK using the market research company Censuswide to find out how often people travel for work purposes and how they feel about this type of travel.
The survey asked people about their usual circumstances (before the pandemic) and found that:
We might be a bit biased here, but by far the best part of a business trip has to be the all-expenses-paid apartment or hotel you stay at!
But which city in the world is the most popular amongst business travelers when it comes to overnight stays?
To find out, we conducted a study using the online search analysis tool Keyword Finder to discover where in the world people search for hotels the most in the last 12 months. We did this by inputting the term ‘hotels X’ (with X being the name of each of the world’s 100 most populous cities) into the Keyword Finder tool.
It’s important to note that searches for ‘hotels X’ may have been conducted by a mixture of both those travelling for business purposes and those travelling for leisure or other reasons, so it’s difficult to determine this with much certainty. However we’re working on the assumption that a large proportion of these searches were conducted by business travellers.
The term “Hotels London” is searched the most of all the top 100 cities we analysed, generating an average of 153,000 searches per month. This is then followed by Paris and Singapore with 91,900 searches and 70,600 searches respectively.
Also, notably in the top 10, 3 cities are European, 4 are Asian, 2 are Australian and 1 is based in North America.
We analysed the number of average searches prior to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2019 and 2020.
Also, we compared these figures to the average searches in 2021 to discover which cities have been most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic for business travel.
We found that Mumbai has been the most greatly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, with the number of searches for ‘Hotels Mumbai’ dropping from 164,000 in April 2019 to 14,850 in April 2021 which is a reduction by 91%.
Barcelona has also suffered a significant reduction in search volume, dropping from 135,000 searches to 22,200 searches (84% reduction) over the same time period.
However, Barcelona has begun to pick up again in terms of search volume, increasing from 14,800 searches in April 2020 to 22,200 in April 2021.
Furthermore, of the 100 most populous cities in the world that we analysed, only 7 experienced an increase in search volume in 2021 when compared to the figures in 2019. This highlights the negative effect that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the business travel industry.
We conducted a keyword analysis once again to discover which airline is the most popular in terms of search volumes for business class travel.
To find our results we analysed search volumes for “X Business Class” with “X” being the names of the top 100 biggest airlines in the world. Our results are as follows:
As you can see from the above graph, we found that Emirates is by far the most popular airline for business class flights, averaging a total of 33,900 monthly searches worldwide. This is then followed by British Airways and Qatar Airways which average 15,800 searches and 14,900 searches respectively.
We found that Air China has experienced a significant reduction in search volumes for their business class flights.
What’s more, only 11 of the 100 airlines we analysed have had an increase in search volumes between 2019 and 2021.
To conclude, business travel has been significantly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, placing strains on hotels and airlines across the globe.
However, business travel remains commonplace and there is still significant demand as is apparent by the number of searches for business class flights.
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