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Remote workers say they will likely cut back on business travel after the pandemic, but hotels will need them more than ever

Remote workers say they will likely cut back on business travel after the pandemic, but hotels will need them more than ever

The travel industry is debating the future of business trips.
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Companies are evaluating whether business travel will be worth it once the pandemic ends.




After a year of working remotely, some think that Zoom and Slack can replace in-person meetings.




But, hotel companies rely on business travelers for a large portion of their revenue.




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The question of whether working professionals will once again travel for business after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides has been one of intense debate in recent months.And while cutting costs and working more efficiently may be top of mind for corporations, the uncertain future of business travel could have major repercussions for the travel industry, including hotel companies. A November 2020 survey from consulting firm Oliver Wyman found that 43% of the 2,500 business travelers polled expect to make fewer business trips even once the pandemic is over.At The New York Times Dealbook conference that same month, Bill Gates said, "my prediction would be that over 50% of business travel and over 30% of days in the office will go away."
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