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.”