Majority of US business travellers expect to attend conferences this year

A new survey of business travellers in the US shows a strong appetite to attend in-person conferences and trade shows.

The Quarterly Business Travel Tracker showed that 84 per cent of business travellers expect to take at least one trip to attend conferences, conventions or trade shows in the next six months.

The survey also revealed that, while less than one in 10 US business travellers are uncertain if they would travel in the next six months, the top reason for uncertainty was that meetings and events are not occurring. Corporate policies restricting business travel was the second-highest reason for uncertainty.

Business travellers also expect to resume traveling at a slightly slower pace compared to pre-pandemic levels, averaging about 1.6 trips per month (compared to 1.7 monthly trips pre-pandemic).

“The return of in-person meetings and events, and business travel in general, is a welcome sight after more than two years of pandemic-related uncertainty,” said U.S. Travel Association president and CEO Roger Dow.

“There is simply no substitute for a face-to-face meeting, which is proven to lead to more fruitful business opportunities and can help power an economic and jobs recovery in communities across America.”