London ‘the most popular business travel destination’

To coincide with the start of the busiest quarter for business travel, Heathrow Express published the 2017 Heathrow Express Business Travel Insights Report, which revealed London as the most popular business travel destination.

The report, which takes a comprehensive look at business travel on a global scale from the perspectives of different industry sectors and the UK, US and German markets has found that 85% of respondents have taken a business trip to London.

Over the past five years, the business sector with the most number of travellers into London has been those from finance, followed by lawyers and those from the energy sector. With Brexit negotiations kicking off within the past 12 months, travellers from the energy sector have marginally outnumbered those from finance, with the legal sector in third place, followed by those from the pharmaceutical industry and manufacturing in fifth.

The Heathrow Express Business Travel Insights Report surveyed 2424 travellers and reveals booking and travel patterns, insights into work/life balance, personal spending habits and thought processes behind current decision-making trends.

Fraser Brown, Director, Heathrow Express said: “This year Heathrow Express reached the historic milestone of carrying its 100 millionth customer, of which we estimate 60 million were business travellers, so we are delighted to publish our first Business Travel Insights Report, an in depth look into the behaviour of business travellers.”

The report also found that while global levels of business travel have not fully recovered 2007 levels, 72% of respondents said that the number of international business trips were either the same or more than last year and 75% said that the number of domestic trips were either the same or more than last year.

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