Australian business travel almost doubles global average with bleisure on the rise


Australian business travellers spend almost double the global average of nights away on work trips, with Australians combining business and travel far more compared with the same period in the previous year.

New data from Corporate Traveller reveals bleisure travel has reached a new peak of six nights on average, a five per cent rise in the average bleisure stay length. This contrasts sharply with global counterparts, with an average business trip spanning only 3.5 nights.

Additional figures from the Global Business Travel Association reveal that more than six out of 10 (62%) of travellers blend business and travel more than they did in 2019, with 79 per cent choosing to stay at the same accommodation for both work and play.

Tom Walley, global managing director for Corporate Traveller, says the figures reveal the growing flexible working trend that accommodates bleisure feasibility.

“Prior to the pandemic, mixing business with pleasure while away for work was a real luxury and not necessarily the done thing, but that has all changed in the last couple of years,” he said.

“Corporates have now realised that extending trips for themselves or having their family come along to join them after a trip has ended is a great way to build upon health and wellness in the workplace.

“Given we’ve witnessed an increase of five per cent in the average business trip length in Australia, it’s clear a rise in bleisure travel is behind it, and our ability to work remotely and capitalise on extending trips – especially for meetings, events, and conferences – play a big role in this.”

Corporate Traveller’s insights reveal that education professionals are leading this trend domestically, with sectors like utilities, construction, and transportation also showing strong inclination towards bleisure. Conversely, industries such as real estate, retail, and finance are less likely to blend work trips with leisure time.