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GBTA Poll Shows Business Travel To Europe Holding Up

Posted on November 23, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, Va. --- Nearly three-quarters of U.S. business travel buyers say their company’s travel to Europe will remain largely unaffected by the recent attacks on Paris, according to a poll conducted by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) in the days following the attacks.

Most (57%) reported “no change” and another 16% reported only “slight reductions” in their company’s travel to Europe. Only 10% reported that they have temporarily suspended travel to Paris.

Most U.S. business travel buyers – 93% – believe that it is important that travel to Europe continue as usual despite the recent terrorist attacks on Paris.

“This initial survey shows the resiliency of business travel in the face of these horrific attacks,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA Executive Director and COO. “However, corporations, governments and the business travel industry must continue to work closely together to ensure a global travel system that is both safe and secure.”

This survey of GBTA members was conducted online between Nov. 18 and 20, 2015. In total, 169 U.S.-based travel buyers participated in the survey.

About GBTA
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA’s 7,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA and the GBTA Foundation deliver world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. To learn how business travel drives business growth, visit gbta.org.

Source: GBTA press release

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