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Out-of-Policy Business Travelers and Their Impact on the Bottom Line: United Kingdom (Select Pages)

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The GBTA Foundation and its study sponsor, Concur, wanted to understand the motivations of business travelers when making out-of-policy travel decisions. The organizations wanted to study this issue within six markets, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, France, Germany, and Australia.

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Out-of-Policy Business Travelers and Their Impact on the Bottom Line: United Kingdom (Select Pages)

  1. 1. 1 © 2013 GBTA and its affiliates. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be copied or transmitted in any form or medium now known or later invented without the express permission of GBTA. 1 © 2013 GBTA and its affiliates. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be copied or transmitted in any form or medium now known or later invented without the express permission of GBTA. Out-of-Policy Business Travelers and Their Impact on the Bottom Line United Kingdom Sponsored by:
  2. 2. 15 © 2013 GBTA and its affiliates. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be copied or transmitted in any form or medium now known or later invented without the express permission of GBTA. Q1. Overall, how satisfied are you with your most recent business trip ? *Caution: Small sample size. Q2. Why did you rate your satisfaction a [RATING]? Q4TM. What percentage of the business travelers in your organization do you think are highly satisfied with their business travel? “It went smoothly thanks to excellent administration by colleagues, and the hotel and flights were just as I would have chosen myself” (10) --------------------------- “The weather was bad and it made traveling hard going”(8) --------------------------- “Unfortunately the flight was delayed and led to the trip being a bit of a nightmare.” (5) Overall Satisfaction with Most Recent Trip 66% 71% 62% 33% 29% 38% 0% 0% 1% U.K. Business Travelers (324) Out-of-policy Travelers (167) In-policy Travelers (157) Very Satisfied (8-10) Moderately Satisfied (4-7) Very Dissatisfied (1-3) Travel Managers (n=23*) believe that 67% of their business travelers on average are “very satisfied” with their most recent trip. • Of business travelers who went out-of-policy on their recent trip, they are only slightly more satisfied with their trip overall compared to those who followed their company’s travel policies. • Although the data is directional, travel managers tend to be in tune with their travelers, as they believe a similar majority of their own travelers are highly satisfied. Two-thirds of U.K. business travelers are highly satisfied with their most recent trip
  3. 3. 22 © 2013 GBTA and its affiliates. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be copied or transmitted in any form or medium now known or later invented without the express permission of GBTA. H/L denotes a significant difference from the corresponding group. Q9. How did you book your hotel accommodations for this trip? Method of Booking Hotel Accommodations on Most Recent Trip (Of those who stayed in a hotel) U.K. Business Travelers (276) Out-of-policy Travelers (159) In-policy Travelers (117) Used an online travel reservations tool provided by my company or travel agency 38% 36% 42% Visited the hotel’s website 19% 21% 17% Called or emailed a travel reservations specialist in your company or travel agency 19% 16% 22% Visited a travel reservations website like Expedia, Orbitz, etc. 13% 18% H 8% Called the hotel directly 4% 5% 3% Went in-person to the hotel’s front desk 0% 1% 0% Other 5% 4% 8% U.K. business travelers used a variety of methods to book their recent hotel accommodations, but company online reservations tools are most popular • Some also book through the hotel’s website or call/email a travel agent in their company or agency. • Those who went out-of-policy are more likely to have used a site like Expedia or Orbitz to book their hotel than those who followed company policies.
  4. 4. 44 © 2013 GBTA and its affiliates. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be copied or transmitted in any form or medium now known or later invented without the express permission of GBTA. H/L denotes a significant difference from the corresponding group                  *Caution: Small sample size.  Q33. How often do you actually find better deals with the same travel parameters outside of your company’s preferred providers? Q6TM. How often do you think they actually find better deals with the same travel parameters outside of your company’s preferred providers?  Your best guess is fine. Q6aTM. When business travelers find a better deal, do they typically report it to you? Q6bTM. How do you use this information? 42% 53% 5% 0% Yes, all of the time Yes, sometimes No Not sure Incidence of Business Travelers Reporting Better Deals to Travel Managers Travel Managers (19*) Frequency of Finding Better Deals (of those who shop around) U.K. Business Travelers (259) Out-of- policy Travelers (154) In-policy Travelers (105) U.K. Travel Managers (19)* All of the time 7% 8% 6% 0% Most of the time 34% 44% H 20% 0% Half of the time 23% 21% 25% 5% Some of the time 36% 27% 50% H 95% Of those who shop around, four in ten think they find better deals all or most of the time • Out-of-policy travelers say they find better deals more often than in-policy travelers who shop around. • Although the findings are directional, most travel managers believe their business travelers report better deals to them, and half of them (50%) use this information when negotiating with travel providers.

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