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Well being and security high concern for APAC company vacationers

APAC company vacationers are involved in regards to the persevering with well being and security threats from COVID-19, at the same time as they keep excessive curiosity in touring and search steps to make sure greener journey, in accordance with 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 greater than the subsequent commonest concern for APAC — uncertainty round altering journey insurance policies (25%).

Practically two in 5 APAC enterprise vacationers (38%) indicated that the journey itself — quite than the pre- or post-trip levels — is now essentially the most nerve-racking 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 anticipate versatile preparations to guard their well being and security whereas travelling, which stays largely unchanged from 2021. Defending their well being and security contains deciding on their most well-liked mode of journey (49%, as in comparison with 43% in 2021) and lodging (49%, similar as 2021).

Having extra management over the journey’s schedule is taken into account to be vital for APAC enterprise vacationers’ well-being. Greater than two in 5 (43%) anticipate their firm to permit them to resolve how lengthy their journey might be (in comparison with 38% globally). Equally, 41% deem it important to have the power to guide journey straight by means of provider web sites to guard their well being and security (in comparison with 37% globally), and 39% anticipate 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,” stated Matthew Goss, Senior Vice President & Common Supervisor, Asia Pacific Japan and Higher China, SAP Concur.

“It is fascinating 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 research embody:

Curiosity in Journey Is Excessive, Regardless of Issues
Whereas COVID-19 issues are nonetheless on the minds of many APAC vacationers, a overwhelming majority retain excessive curiosity in journey. Total, 98% of APAC enterprise vacationers are prepared to get again out on the street, on par with final 12 months’s 99%, regardless of any issues they might have.

Nonetheless, in APAC, the proportion who’re very prepared to journey has dropped 15 share factors, from 63% final 12 months to 48% this 12 months. APAC enterprise vacationers additionally need choices to make journey extra enjoyable and scheduling much less nerve-racking.

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

Flexibility Is Important for Sustainability

Sustainability can be more and more changing 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 options to air journey, akin to automotive or rail (37%), and utilizing public transportation (36%).

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

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

Practically the entire respondents (96%) felt that it will be important for sustainability data to be offered to them of their enterprise journey choices.

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

The research reveals {that a} willingness to heed vacationers’ need for continued flexibility to make sure their well being and security might be vital for firms as they return to pre-pandemic ranges of journey.

“There might be substantial evolutions to the company journey panorama as international locations enter a brand new part of the pandemic,” says Goss.

“Automation applied sciences might assist corporations run higher in such an setting by enhancing their journey planning and visibility — worker expertise, compliance, and price management can all be improved, and importantly in latest instances, sustainability targets might be successfully managed and delivered upon.”

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