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Well being and security high concern for APAC company vacationers

APAC company vacationers are involved concerning the persevering with well being and security threats from COVID-19, whilst they maintain excessive curiosity in touring and search steps to make sure greener journey, in response to a brand new survey from SAP Concur.

The survey polled 1,050 enterprise vacationers in Singapore, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand.

Whereas enterprise journey is returning at a gentle tempo, the consequences of the unprecedented well being disaster can nonetheless be felt, particularly in APAC. Well being and security stays a high concern for APAC enterprise vacationers (63%, as in comparison with 52% globally), considerably larger than the subsequent commonest concern for APAC — uncertainty round altering journey insurance policies (25%).

Almost two in 5 APAC enterprise vacationers (38%) indicated that the journey itself — moderately than the pre- or post-trip levels — is now essentially the most hectic stage of journey, together with guaranteeing their private security and well being. This is a rise of 4% from 34% in 2021.

APAC enterprise vacationers proceed to count on versatile preparations to guard their well being and security whereas travelling, which stays largely unchanged from 2021. Defending their well being and security consists of deciding on their most popular mode of journey (49%, as in comparison with 43% in 2021) and lodging (49%, identical as 2021).

Having extra management over the journey’s schedule is taken into account to be essential for APAC enterprise vacationers’ well-being. Greater than two in 5 (43%) count on their firm to permit them to determine how lengthy their journey will likely be (in comparison with 38% globally). Equally, 41% deem it important to have the power to e book journey straight by way of provider web sites to guard their well being and security (in comparison with 37% globally), and 39% count on to have the ability to change journey plans with out repercussions.

“Company journey is important and rising, carrying with it ample alternatives to drive enterprise outcomes and relationships,” mentioned Matthew Goss, Senior Vice President & Normal Supervisor, Asia Pacific Japan and Larger China, SAP Concur.

“It is attention-grabbing that APAC staff appear to be extra involved about well being and security than different markets on the planet. Organizations right here that have not put in place journey insurance policies and applied sciences to safeguard worker well being and security, or guarantee journey flexibility, ought to act quickly.”

Different notable findings from the examine embody:

Curiosity in Journey Is Excessive, Regardless of Issues
Whereas COVID-19 considerations are nonetheless on the minds of many APAC vacationers, a overwhelming majority retain excessive curiosity in journey. General, 98% of APAC enterprise vacationers are keen to get again out on the street, on par with final yr’s 99%, regardless of any considerations they might have.

Nevertheless, in APAC, the share who’re very keen to journey has dropped 15 proportion factors, from 63% final yr to 48% this yr. APAC enterprise vacationers additionally need choices to make journey extra stress-free and scheduling much less hectic.

Almost half (48%) say they’d need the power to decide on larger class transportation and lodging choices to take a place with extra journey (in comparison with 40% globally), and 37% need the power to e book their journey straight on provider web sites (in comparison with 31% globally).

Flexibility Is Very important for Sustainability

Sustainability can be more and more turning into a precedence for a lot of enterprise vacationers. An awesome 95% of APAC enterprise vacationers need to take their very own steps to make sure greener journey over the subsequent 12 months.

About 43% of the APAC enterprise vacationers surveyed plan to mix close by journeys into one longer journey whereas prioritizing alternate options to air journey, akin to automobile or rail (37%), and utilizing public transportation (36%).

As a lot as 27% of the APAC enterprise vacationers surveyed are keen to danger repercussions with their group by refusing non-sustainable journey.

On the identical time, APAC enterprise vacationers need to their corporations to take strides in direction of sustainable journey:

Almost all the respondents (96%) felt that it will be significant for sustainability info to be supplied to them of their enterprise journey choices.

Greater than half (54%) indicated that having visible indicators of the environmental influence is extraordinarily necessary to them.

The examine reveals {that a} willingness to heed vacationers’ need for continued flexibility to make sure their well being and security will likely be necessary for corporations as they return to pre-pandemic ranges of journey.

“There will likely be substantial evolutions to the company journey panorama as nations enter a brand new section of the pandemic,” says Goss.

“Automation applied sciences might assist companies run higher in such an atmosphere by enhancing their journey planning and visibility — worker expertise, compliance, and value management can all be improved, and importantly in current instances, sustainability objectives could be successfully managed and delivered upon.”

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