At the recent Association of Corporate Travel Executives Global Conference, 1,200 delegates from around the world gathered to identify and resolve issues confronting this $150 billion dollar industry. To get a better handle on what’s going on, the organizers polled attendees before, during, and after the conference on a number of issues. Here’s what they found, according to an ACTE press release:
-While 85 percent of the business travelers polled said they’d pay up to $100 (USD) to avoid standing in a long security line at the airport, their companies would not. The poll also showed that with shrinking waiting times at security checkpoints, the U.S. government may be wasting its time developing a program that would be obsolete soon after implementation. ACTE's European constituency has asked, "What does this program offer for Europeans flying from city to city in the US?"
-Thirty-four percent of polled business travel managers in the EU are looking into travel alternatives in case the US suspends landing rights for airlines that do not provide PNR information (sensitive traveler data). A slightly higher number (39 percent) claim that requirements for fingerprinting and photographs--coupled with the current request for PNR information--could cause their company to look for business travel alternatives.