Europe business travel holding up
Business travel in Europe is holding up despite last month?s attacks in Paris, with only a small percentage of travel buyers halting trips, according to a survey by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).
Airlines and travel technology firms say flight bookings dropped in the immediate aftermath of the November 13 attacks, which left 130 people dead, but analysts say this was mainly down to leisure travellers, who are more sensitive to security concerns, Reuters reported.
GBTA said its 79 percent of European business travel buyers believed it was important that travel within Europe continued as usual despite the recent terrorist activity.
Of those surveyed, only one percent said they had temporarily suspended travel within Europe, while 47 percent reported no change and 26 percent said their company?s travel within Europe was slightly reduced.
?This resiliency, however, only heightens the need for businesses, governments and the travel industry to work together to ensure a global travel system that is both safe and secure,? said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO.
The survey of 236 European travel buyers from 12 countries was conducted online from 25-30 November.