Business travel

BTA reveals dip in business travel during Easter holiday

The Business Travel Association (BTA) today revealed that in the first week of April 2022, domestic and international business travel declined compared to the previous week.

Data from Travelogix shows travel has slowed due to reduced opening hours for the Easter holiday. International and domestic business travel in the first week of April was down 46.10% from 2019 levels.

Clive Wratten, CEO of BTA said: “We understand that growing to full capacity will take time and we are working with TMCs to ensure a smooth recovery process.”

The data also reveals that there was a £2.80bn GDP loss associated with domestic and international travel* compared to the same week in 2019 due to fewer business trips.

Data shows that in the first week of April, lower levels of business travel to:

  • France having cost UK GDP £535 million
  • Germany having cost UK GDP £475 million
  • UNITED STATES having cost UK GDP £348 million
  • Republic of Ireland having cost UK GDP £267 millionand
  • Singapore having cost UK GDP £203 million this week.

The data also shows a notable reduction in active Covid cases per 100,000 population in 9 of the 10 countries tracked by the Business Travel Tracker.

The Thirty-Seventh Edition of BTA’s Business Travel Tracker can be found here.

About Travelogix

Travelogix is ​​a leader in travel data, reporting and analytics. Founded in 2011 by Chris Lewis and Gary Jones, Travelogix empowers TMCs around the world with the accurate, accessible, real-time data that drives success. Travelogix is ​​the standard in travel data analytics and continues to design and innovate its solutions to meet industry demands.

*Data from leading travel data provider Travelogix shows that this decline in business travel to ten key international destinations has cost UK GDP £2.20bn and an additional £598.97m to business travel. national affairs, a total loss of £2.80 billion to UK GDP in the first week of April 2022.

About the BTA

The BTA is the authority on business travel. Work collaboratively across industry and government to promote the integral role of business travel and events in the broader economy.

Originally founded in 1967, BTA has a diverse membership and roster of industry partners. Its TMC membership accounts for over 90% of the UK’s managed business travel spend, providing value and excellent service to business travelers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. The BTA is focused on providing practical solutions to market challenges and changes, as well as supporting best practices, sustainability and traveler well-being.

For more information on BTA, please visit: thebta.org.uk or call 020 3657 7010.

Victoria Naylor-Leyland
Pembroke and Rye
+44 (0) 7899 890 908
BTA (Business Travel Association)