GBTA Survey: Travel Managers See Travel Willingness Increase Further

Three-quarters of member travel buyers and procurement managers surveyed this month by the Global Business Travel Association indicated their organizations' employees are at least somewhat willing to travel for business now, continuing a sharp rise commensurate with increasing availability of Covid-19 vaccines.

About 58% of the buyer respondents to the May 10-15 poll suggested their travelers were "somewhat willing" to travel for business under current conditions, with another 17% calling their travelers "very willing." Of those who answered otherwise, nearly 4 in 5 cited safety concerns for their travelers' reluctance, and nearly three in four cited their currently unvaccinated status.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week said individuals fully vaccinated against Covid-19 could gather indoors without masks or social distancing, although it kept mask requirements in place for public transportation including airplanes, airports, trains and buses.

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