FRANKFURT (November 28, 2017) – The vast majority of business travellers feel their companies take duty of care seriously, yet access to various risk management services is far from universal, according to new research released today from the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association. Roughly one-third of German, French and UK business travellers say their organisation does not provide an assistance hotline to call in an emergency or unexpected event – one of the most basic services available.
The study, Travel Booking Behaviour Impacts on Safety, conducted in partnership with Concur, also revealed that about one-half of business travellers agree that not booking through company channels can impact their safety by making it more difficult for their company to locate or contact them in an emergency. Despite this, more than three in five travellers have booked outside of their company channels at least once in the past year even when they had access to an Online Book Tool (OBT).
Additionally, fewer than two in five travellers say their organization has a system in place to capture their travel plans when they book directly with a supplier and many business travellers say that the only way for their organisation to know where they travelled is through their expense reports.
“Booking data plays a key role in duty of care – enabling virtually every risk management function that companies perform,” said Monica Sanchez, director of research for the GBTA Foundation. “Many companies use booking data to send travellers alerts about their destination, to locate them in an emergency, to brief first-time or infrequent travellers about assistance resources available and to flag high-risk trips to ensure proper vetting. Missing or incomplete data can greatly hinder a travel manager or TMC from meeting their duty of care responsibilities.”
“During these times of global uncertainty, business leaders have a responsibility to know where employees are and keep them safe and informed,” said Scott Torrey, Chief Revenue Officer, Concur. “One of the most surprising results of the study is that half of business travellers know that not booking through company channels can affect their safety but a majority still book outside. This means that companies need to put a stronger focus on safety and I firmly believe duty of care is one of the most important things a business can do for its employees.”
In Case of an Emergency
A small majority of business travellers say their company provides travel advisories/notifications while a similar share say it provides travel health advisories. Travellers expect their companies to use a range of information to quickly locate them during an emergency or security event including travel itineraries (53 percent), GPS information from employer-provided smartphone apps (44 percent) and expense report information (32 percent). Fewer than three in five business travellers say their company provides SMS (text message) alerts when they are on the road.
At least two-thirds of travellers in each country would expect their company to proactively contact them within two hours of an emergency. While SMS and mobile apps can help companies reach larger numbers of travellers quickly, these are only useful when companies know where their travellers are and have up-to-date contact information.
Customised Safety Training
More than one-third of travellers believe they would have benefited from customised safety training or resources, based on personal characteristics such as gender, sexual orientation or religion in the past year. Similarly, almost half of business travellers would have benefitted from training tailored to their destination.
The report, Travel Booking Behaviour Impacts on Safety, is available exclusively to GBTA members by clicking here and non-members may purchase the report through the GBTA Foundation by emailing [email protected].
The GBTA Foundation and Concur will also share the findings and discuss how traveller booking behaviours affect what travellers expect for duty of care versus the technologies, policies and practices actually being delivered by companies and travel managers during an education session at GBTA Conference 2017 Frankfurt in partnership with VDR. The session will take place on November 30 at 9am UTC.
Methodology: The GBTA Foundation conducted an online survey of 735 business travellers in Germany (245), the United Kingdom (247) and France (243). Fielding took place from September 26 through October 3, 2017.
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About the GBTA Foundation
The GBTA Foundation is the education and research foundation of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. Collectively, GBTA’s 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its growing network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts with world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media. The Foundation was established in 1997 to support GBTA’s members and the industry as a whole. As the leading education and research foundation in the business travel industry, the GBTA Foundation seeks to fund initiatives to advance the business travel profession. The GBTA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, see gbta.org and gbta.org/foundation.