28% of business travellers use economy services

Fewer than one in three (28%) UK business travellers use a sharing economy service when travelling for work, despite nearly half of businesses having a policy in place allowing them to do so, it has been revealed.

New research from Egencia, the business travel arm of Expedia, has revealed that 41% of UK companies allow their employees to use sharing economy services, with 13% even encouraging employees to use services like Airbnb, HomeAway, Lyft and Uber.

Motivations for choosing the sharing economy experience stems from a desire for more comfort, convenience and culture. Of the travellers who do use those services, over half (59%) cite experiencing a local culture and meeting new people as a reason for using them, whilst 49% say it’s for comfort and 40% for location.

The survey of more than 6,000 business travellers showed that 29% of business travellers around the world have chosen the sharing economy option, with travellers in the US (54%) and China (58%) leading the way.

The research was carried out by Northstar between April and May 2016.

Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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