Business Travel Increases

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    More business trips with larger budgets to spend on travel expenses has been the experience this year, says a survey from Best Western International. It found that nearly two in five (39 per cent) of business travelers surveyed indicate their budgets have increased this year compared to 2011, with only one in 10 saying their business travel budget has been cut in 2012. With increased budgets, travelers are changing their tune for how they approach business travel. Despite the guilt some feel when being away from family and friends, more than three in four people surveyed (77 per cent) indicated that they have a positive attitude about business trips. However, business travelers have learned lessons from the past and are more value conscious than ever. Offering complimentary high-speed internet access, a strong breakfast option, and free parking is the price of entry to attract these travelers. When it comes to travel planning, it discovered that this year’s business class is empowered to make their own travel decisions and often use tools more commonly thought of when planning for vacation travel. Nearly seven in 10 research and book their own travel, rather than use a corporate travel department or travel agent, and 82 per cent of those who book their own business travel often use third-party review websites such as TripAdvisor prior to booking their hotel stays.