Survey: Experiencing Culture Important to Frequent Business Travelers
Culture is important to many people and new research has found that enjoying local culture is also important to frequent business travelers.
The research, conducted by Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott, captured data from more than 1,000 frequent travelers and explored the emotions of these travelers before, during and after a business trip.
“These road warriors really enjoy the local culture,” said Shruti Buckley, vice president and global brand manager, Fairfield Inn & Suites, during a telephone interview. “Whether it’s meeting new people or going to restaurants and experiencing the food or experiencing the local attractions.”
Other significant findings from the research include:
Frequent Business Travel Enhances Your Life
The study found that Seventy-six percent of respondents reported that because they travel for business, they simply feel more prepared in life. Eighty-six percent of respondents report that because they travel for business, they value time with family and friends more.
Frequent Business Travel Leads to Happiness
Some may think frequent business travel can cause problems in relationships or cause burnout at the office, but the survey found that despite travel delays, missing family events and more, the vast majority of frequent business travelers report positive emotions when preparing for (86%) and during (88%) a trip.
Frequent Business Travelers Can Teach Us a Lot
What tips can we learn from these travel pros? Buckley shared some tips:
- Some of the most frequent business travelers create an “always pack list” to make
- preparation easier.
- In addition to cell phones, computers and reading material, items that
- frequent business travelers always keep on hand include business cards, medication, nutritional supplements, power cords and snacks.
- Activities they prioritize when notified of a trip include booking a hotel and travel arrangements, checking the weather and obtaining seasonally appropriate attire, paying bills, and taking care of pets
According to those who travel with others, there are both physical and psychological benefits to
companion business travel, including:
- Having someone to talk to (52%);
- Sharing a workload (43%);
- Getting more work done (42%)
“We designed our furniture to create a more social environment, said Buckley.
Some of the features include communal tables, wireless throughout the hotel and plenty of plugins throughout the public areas so travelers can stay connected and charged.
Additional travel tips and more are available on the Fairfield Inn and Suites’ Facebook page.