The Global Corporate Travel Sector is beginning to return to travel, with domestic and essential business travel likely to resume first. According to a poll conducted by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), approximately half (49%) of their member companies plan to resume domestic travel within the next three months.
Overall Return to Travel Trends
Travel as a whole has resumed for some companies, with one in five companies planning to resume all their travel within the next three months. The poll also revealed that 44% of companies are already allowing some essential travel. This is a slight increase, compared to 37% in the previous GBTA poll released in late May. Almost half of travel suppliers and TMCs have also seen an increase in bookings from June 8th to June 14th.
As a result, suppliers have become fairly optimistic about the travel industry’s path to recovery. 40% of those polled said they feel more optimistic now than they were in early June.
Return to Travel Calls for Greater Health and Safety Measures
The GBTA emphasizes that standardized health and safety regulations are a necessity as an interest in travel returns. Several suppliers and airlines have implemented stricter safety measures, including the Delta Air Lines “Delta Clean” pledge, the World Travel & Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ protocols, and the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s ‘Safe Stay’ guidelines, among others, in order to keep travelers safe as they return.