A new national survey by Yesawich, Pepperdine & Brown found that 81 percent of business travelers are not letting their travel plans be influenced by the events of September 11. The results of this survey, which was issued October 16, shows a marked increase from a similar survey the marketing services firm completed on September 12, which showed only 67 percent saying they would not be changing their travel plans.
"We have seen a significant increase in the percentage of business travelers who said they're ready to hit the road again. Yet, safety concerns still prevail and will continue to be a drag on the recovery, particularly for international business travel.'' says Peter Yesawich, president and CEO of Yesawich, Pepperdine & Brown.
The poll also found that 12 percent of business travelers have cancelled a business trip since September 11. The types of trips most frequently scrapped include individual business trips (66 percent) or a trip to attend a corporate business meeting or convention (49 percent).
One month after the terrorist attacks, one of four business travelers said they would cancel a future business trip, compared to nearly 40 percent on September 12. Business travelers also indicated less apprehension about traveling to specific destinations than they did a month earlier, including trips to both New York and Washington.
Travel abroad is still causing hesitation: Nearly 6 out of the 10 percent who are altering their travel plans said they were planning to take fewer international trips in the months ahead.