With this year’s advances in technology, we’ve seen everything from driver-less cars being tested on our UK streets, to virtual reality letting us ‘try-before-we-buy’ and visit destinations in the comfort of our front room. We’ve explored some of the key travel trends you can expect to see more of in 2017, that are sure to shape our future experiences and change the way we travel.
This is the official word for combining business and leisure within your travel. In simple terms, it’s a balanced mix of what you have to do, and what you want to do.
Many people in the corporate world have to deal with long trips away from friends and family, resulting in missing birthdays, holidays, or anniversaries in order to attend important company meetings or events. Over the years this can put a lot of stress on these individuals and their families. That’s where the wonderful world of bleisure travel comes in. It’s having the option to bring family along with you and extend your stay, to include a short break in with your business trip. Those without the family pressures, have the option to extend their stay to simply make the most of travelling to an unusual destination. This allows for a much healthier work-life balance.
Research by the University of California has shown that breaks within business travel help employees to re-focus their minds and return to work with renewed energy. Their research found that happiness led to a 12% spike in productivity which means the bleisure trend benefits both the company and the employee. Even though the term has been around for a while now, bleisure is becoming ever more popular and soon to be expected by employees within future years.
Duty of Care Apps
There are so many different travel apps on the market today and such easy access to smartphones or tablets that it’s easy to see why using travel apps is one of the biggest growing travel trends for 2017. From Wifimapper to Google Translate, your phone has got you covered for almost all your travel needs. With duty of care being a top priority for travel today, new travel apps are emerging that centre around your safety. For example, through our risk-management software, we’re able to inform clients about an unexpected event or disaster almost immediately and let them know if they have any employees in the affected area within hours.
We’re launching our new Diversity Travel App early 2017, which aims to provide our clients with everything they need for that all important trip. From travel itineraries to budget planning and recording those expenses, we can help with it all. Our app also allows clients to track their traveller’s location, communicate and send notifications in case of an emergency, keeping you safe and in the know. Keep your eyes peeled for this one!
In today’s market, hotels are constantly looking to raise their game in order to compete with the big chains out there. This is great news for business travellers! Many hotels are offering free Wi-Fi, breakfast and dry cleaning facilities in order to attract more travellers who have come to work. A study conducted by the Global Business Travel Association found that 78% of global business travellers see Wi-Fi access as vital and expect it wherever they go, whether on airplanes or in hotels, even buses! With trends showing a noticeable increase in the free services offered to business travellers, we’re curious to see what perks 2017 will bring.
To sum up what these growing trends mean for employers, they need to focus on enhancing the business travel experience. Employees will begin to expect a more integrated approach to work and leisure. For the travellers out there, 2017 looks to introduce further advances in technology, focussing on your safety while also helping you to make the most of your trip.
What aspects of business travel would you like to see more of in 2017?
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