New survey reveals striking differences in how business professionals travel on the other side of the world
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The 2012 Accor Asia Pacific Business Traveller Survey brings to light interesting information about Asian Pacific business travelers and their many diverse customs and practices.
Like business professionals in the U.S., Asian Pacific travelers’ top priority is a comfortable bed in their hotel or corporate housing unit. Seventy-four percent of Australians chose a comfortable bed as their number one priority on a business trip, while 45 percent enjoy a clean bathroom and 30 percent favored free internet.
The number one complaint among Asian Pacific travelers was the lack of personalized services available for business professionals, demonstrating a strong desire for the home-like qualities of short-term leases and serviced apartments.
Reason for travel varied greatly from country to country. Personnel from many Asia-based companies reported traveling to visit clients and to make sales, while Australian and New Zealand business personnel mainly traveled for company meetings and conferences.
Business travelers hailing from Asian Pacific countries also spend their time outside of work in markedly different ways. Only 11 percent of Australians reported extending their trips to visit friends or take a vacation, compared with 33 percent of Thai professionals. At only 21 percent, Aussies were the least likely to indulge in baths or spas, while 89 percent of Malaysians and 83 percent of Chinese reported using baths and spas as ways to unwind.