Women Business Travelers Take to the Road


Originally posted on December 16, 2015

Move over guys, women want to be road warriors too.

More than three quarters of women business travelers are satisfied with being on the road for work, even though they don’t feel quite as safe on the road as their male counterparts, according to the Q3 GBTA Business Traveler Sentiment Index™, in partnership with American Express.

Overall, female business averaged more than four business trips in the past three months. Three-quarters (76%) of all female business travelers also report being happy with their experiences. In addition, 85% of female business travelers were satisfied with being able to meet business goals for their trips.

Although women are enthusiastic about traveling to see clients or attend meetings, only half (50%) always feel safe when they travel for work, compared with 57% of men. 69% said their companies care about their safety and well-being when they’re on the road.

Safety concerns affect women’s business travel preferences. More than six in 10 (61%) agree that their desire to feel safe has a large impact on their travel choices, compared with 41% of men.

Safety concerns also could explain why 92% of women believe it’s important to stay at a hotel close to where they need to be for a trip, compared with 83% of men.

Travel Tech

Women rely on tech tools such as mobile apps and social media when they travel for work. According to the report, 87% of women business travelers feel access to Wi-Fi is vital to staying productive when they’re on the road, and 88% say it’s important to have wherever they go.

Women who travel for work are more likely than men to use mobile apps during trips. More than seven in 10 (71%) feel it is important to be able to use apps to check travel itineraries, compared with 61% of men. More than half (57%) of women business travelers also found mobile apps from event organizers, destinations or travel vendors helpful on business trips.

When they travel for work, women employees appreciate flexibility and extras that help them stay productive. When asked, 88% said access to Wi-Fi was important wherever they went, and 87% said having access to Wi-Fi is vital to their work productivity. In addition, 73% said they appreciated being able to extend or change trips to accommodate their personal schedules.

In the three months covered in the survey, women business travelers averaged slightly fewer than five trips (4.65). Looking ahead, more than three quarters (77%) expected to travel domestically about the same amount during the following three months, 18% expected to travel more, and 5% either expected to travel less.

Read the complete report here for more insights on business travel and what this means to your company.

The GBTA Business Traveler Sentiment Index™, in partnership with American Express, fielded June 22-30, 2015 to business travelers within the U.S. through an online research panel. Overall, 845 respondents qualified for the study (their primary residence is located in the United States, they are employed part- or full-time, and they have taken four or more business trips in the prior 12 months). The margin of error is +/- 3.4% at the 95% level of confidence.

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