Wakefield: Global Travel Managers Report 2022

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As travel managers work to ensure the successful return of business travel, they face challenges from a changing landscape and increasing demands from superiors. The changing economic landscape and “work-from-anywhere" trends means they are catering to a revolving pool of business travellers who are no longer as centred in primary markets, where travel is easier to arrange. 

  • Nearly half of travel managers (49%) anticipate challenges adjusting to frequent staffing changes, as the Great Resignation has led to increased turnover among business travellers.​
  • Nearly half (47%) are dreading the challenge of accommodating more travellers in secondary markets and smaller towns.

In addition, nearly half of travel managers say they’re facing increasing pressure from senior leadership to demonstrate their ROI. These challenges, among others, are taking their toll. Over half say this year is already as stressful or more than the year prior, and nearly all expect their role to be even more challenging in the year ahead. 

  • Nearly half of travel managers (49%) report the stress is caused by increased scrutiny from above.

With companies re-evaluating their travel policies, this may be the change travel managers need to get business travellers back on board with booking their travel using company-provided tools, something that most travel managers say makes their role easier. It will be a challenge, as many travellers view booking via supplier websites as an essential means to help ensure their health and safety while travelling. 

SAP Concur surveyed 700 travel managers in 7 global markets, conducted by Wakefield Research, to gain insight into the state of business travel and what the next year will bring for travel managers. 

Download the report to see details, then see the data and insights from Australian and New Zealand report here.