Networking and face-to-face meetings are still the most popular way of conducting business according to the latest research from Barclaycard Commercial Business Travel.
The 13th annual study of 2,200 senior and mid-level management found that 85 per cent consider face-to-face business meetings more effective than using technologies such as video and web conferencing.
Despite tightened budgets, maintaining relationships remains critical with three quarters of respondents expecting to travel more or the same amount this year compared to 2008.
The increase in Airline Passenger Duty, set to rise this November, is also unlikely to dramatically affect business travel. According to the research, 84 per cent of business travellers have not changed their travel plans and just over half agreed that an additional environmental tax should be levied on airlines.