The Business Travel Association (BTA) has today revealed that in the first week of April 2022, domestic and international business travel fell compared to the previous week.
Data from Travelogix shows that travel slowed as business hours reduced for the Easter break. International and domestic business travel in the first week of April reduced by 46.10% of 2019 levels.
Clive Wratten, CEO of the BTA said: “we understand that growing to full capacity will take time and we are working with TMCs to ensure a smooth recovery process.”
The data also reveals that there has been a £2.80bn GDP loss associated to domestic and international travel* compared to the same week in 2019 due to a reduced number of business travel trips.
The data shows that in the first week of April, the lower levels of business travel to:
- France have cost UK GDP £535 million
- Germany have cost UK GDP £475 million
- USA have cost UK GDP £348 million
- Republic of Ireland have cost UK GDP £267 million, and
- Singapore have cost UK GDP £203 million this week.
The data also shows a noticeable reduction in active cases of Covid per 100k of population in 9 of the 10 countries followed by the Business Travel Tracker.
The thirty seventh edition of the BTA’s Business Travel Tracker can be found here.
Travelogix is a leader in the world of travel data, reporting and analytics. Founded in 2011 by Chris Lewis and Gary Jones, Travelogix empower TMCs across the globe with accurate, accessible, real-time data that drives success. Travelogix are the standard for data analysis within travel and continue to craft and innovate their solutions to meet the demands of the industry.
*Data from leading travel data provider Travelogix shows this decrease in business travel trips across ten key international destinations has cost UK GDP £2.20 billion, and an additional £598.97million from domestic business travel, equalling a total of £2.80 billion loss to UK GDP in the first week of April 2022.
About the BTA
The BTA is the authority on business travel. Working collaboratively across the industry and with the government to promote the integral role of business travel and events to the wider economy.
Originally founded in 1967, the BTA has a diverse membership and roster of industry partners. It’s TMC membership accounts for over 90% of UK expenditure on managed business travel, delivering value for money and great service to business travellers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. The BTA focuses on delivering practical solutions to challenges and market changes, as well as supporting best practice, sustainability and the well-being of travellers.
For more information on BTA please visit: thebta.org.uk or call 020 3657 7010.