Heading back to the office? For many, offices are requiring their employees to occupy the company’s office space but despite the return to the water cooler and an uptick in travel for vacationers, business travel may not recover as quickly. 

A new survey from the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) did not result in some positive aspects of business travel. More than 2,200 surveyed business travelers, or 52%, said they will likely cancel existing travel plans without rescheduling due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. The survey, conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the DC-based AHLA had the following highlights: 

  • 60% likely to postpone travel plans
  • 67% likely to take fewer trips
  • 68% likely to take shorter trips

Also, attitudes among those likely to attend meetings and events do not fare better. 

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“Hotels were already on pace to lose more business travel revenue this year than we did in 2020. And now rising Covd-19 cases threaten to further reduce the main source of revenue for our industry,” association President and CEO Chip Rogers said in a prepared statement.

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