Travel industry players have kept a close eye on business travel during COVID-19 – from its dramatic drop as people worked remotely and turned to virtual meetings, to its resumption in the midst of the increase in vaccination rates during the first half of 2021.
Hotel Engine has selected a series of statistics that reveal the current state of business travel as well as information on the direction the business travel industry could take in 2021 and beyond.
Major conferences, sporting events, concerts, and in-person corporate events went as planned throughout the summer, with some extra precautions put in place as Delta variant cases swelled in the United States. Private companies and governing bodies have responded with updated safety protocols and vaccine requirements for workers to meet public health needs and ensure a continued return to normalcy. Airlines, in particular, have put in place a series of security measures to protect the safety of travelers on board.
With business travel becoming increasingly secure, the question remains as to how long the effects of revolutionary videoconferencing technology and reluctance to travel will last on business travel. While air travel topped 2019 levels in July 2021 overall, business travel – which is recovering much more slowly than leisure travel – is still down 50% from levels before the pandemic.
Industry surveys and forecasts suggest that travel for work will continue to rebound from 2020 throughout the year. An overwhelming number of business travelers say they are ready to hit the road again, but important warnings apply when it comes to personal health and safety.
Read on for more information on the rebound in business travel after COVID-19.