The international survey shows that respondents see an increase in employee willingness to travel. More than half (55%) of GBTA buyer and procurement members feel their employees are ‘willing’ or ‘very willing’ to travel for business in the current environment, up from 49% in the January poll. Just 17% of the buyer and/or procurement members feel their employees are unwilling to travel for business at the present time.
European respondents (67%) are more likely to feel mandated testing will help monitor employee safety and wellness than respondents based in North America (53%). In addition, more European respondents say mandated testing will help resume business travel (77%) than respondents based in North America (60%).
A majority of GBTA members and stakeholders (58%) support airlines requiring passengers provide proof of vaccination in order to fly (once vaccines become more readily available), whereas one-quarter (28%) do not and 15% are unsure.
Border closures and restrictions have significantly impacted business travel. Two-thirds (68%) of GBTA members and stakeholders report border closures and restrictions have reduced business travel at their company and over half (56%) say the restrictions and closures have increased confusion and uncertainties about when business travel can resume.
Four in 10 (43%) say border closures and restrictions have impacted their company recovery efforts in 2021. Another one in 10 (10%) report border closures and restrictions have restricted imports/exports of goods and services needed by their company, and have employees stuck in a country/region unable to return home (8%). Only one in 10 say border closures and/or restrictions have not impacted their company.
Feelings about Covid-19 pre-testing as a requirement for domestic business travel vary. Half (52%) of GBTA members and stakeholders support pre-testing while one-third (33%) do not.