NEW YORK CITY — The results of a recent web seminar on travel safety that business travel expert and author Kathleen Ameche recently organized offered disturbing findings. Approximately 500 female business travelers were surveyed and reported negative safety experiences. “Ninety-eight percent of them said they had their personal safety compromised on a business trip within the past 45 days,” said Ameche, the author of “The Woman Road Warrior: A Woman’s Guide to Business Travel” (Agate, 2005).
The growing number of female business travelers has had significant effects on the travel experience. Women are a big part of the reason that a typical hotel room, whether midlevel or luxury, has better bedding, lighting, room service, closets, work spaces, and overall design. “We do take notes and we talk, and we do make most of the buying decisions in business and personal travel,” said Ms. Ameche, who encourages women who travel to network with one another.
Among the biggest complaints about safety are hotel clerks, who address a female guest by name and announce her room number at check-in. “That drives women crazy,” Ms. Ameche said. “There are issues that need addressing about where you put us on a floor, like next to the elevator.”
Much of the recent growth in business travel among women comes from small businesses. Women own nearly 10.4 million businesses, employing nearly 13 million people. And many of these women are frequent travelers who approach life on the road differently from men.
Source: New York Times