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Hotel bookings by business travellers rise 15%

By Emma Eversham , 07-Jul-2011
Last updated on 07-Jul-2011 at 15:04 GMT2011-07-07T15:04:12Z

Business travellers are making more bookings at hotels than they were last year

Business travellers are making more bookings at hotels than they were last year

Hotel bookings made by business travellers increased by 15 per cent in the first quarter of this year according to figures from the Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC) .

In its quarterly transaction survey, which monitors services offered by travel management companies, the GTMC found that hotel transactions were up on the same period the previous year.

Both short and long-haul air travel among business travellers went up 9 per cent, as did rail travel, while car hire rose 10 per cent. However, ancillary services such as seat assignment, baggage check-in and other services, often connected to the meetings and event industry declined by 6 per cent.

Anne Godfrey, chief executive of the GTMC, said: “Air travel continues to grow and indications are that travellers are flying more frequently and on longer journeys. Reflecting this switch from short to longer haul flights hotel transactions showed their strongest performance in over two years with the 15 per cent growth.”