TORONTO — An overwhelming majority of Canadian business travellers say they view the implementation of health and safety protocols as a critical factor for resuming corporate travel.
And while 46% said they feel some worries about resuming travel once restrictions are lifted, some 28% said they feel excited about getting back on the road, and more than half (52%) report positive feelings about travelling for business again.
The results come from a new SAP Concur survey of business travellers.
Some 93% citied mandatory personal health screenings for travelling employees (40%), limiting travel to only the most critical trips (38%), real-time health and safety updates (34%), and easier access to personal protective equipment (28%) as their top must-haves before returning to the road.
Canadian business travellers also said they expect their company to experience negative outcomes due to travel restrictions around COVID-19, including a reduced number of deals or contracts signed that require in-person interactions (51%) and declines in new business wins that require in-person meetings (44%).
One-third of Canadian business travellers (33%) said they hold themselves accountable for protecting their own well-being once business travel resumes, followed by transportation providers (19%), and then their employers (14%).