Business executives will make fewer, shorter and cheaper business trips in 2009, according to a report by global distribution system provider Amadeus.
The report, entitled The Austere Traveller, contains responses from 354 executives in the USA, Asia and Europe and explored the effect of the global downturn was having on their choice of hotel.
Nearly half (47%) of executives said they would make fewer trips in the next year, and more than a quarter (28%) expect to downgrade from four- and five-star hotels to cheaper alternatives.
Established brands with uniform levels of service across locations were also a decisive factor for 61% of respondents when choosing a hotel.
One-fifth of respondents believe an internet connection is more important than a quiet room
Antoine Medawar, managing director of the hospitality business group at Amadeus, said: "We are entering an age of visible austerity with regards to business travel."
"With the eyes of their organisations and shareholders upon them, executives are anxious to make business trips as productive as possible. Forget luxury gyms, spas and restaurants; instead concentrate on efficient check-in and check-out and internet access. Good Wi-Fi connectivity is now rated above any other luxury extra."
By Gemma Sharkey
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