Travel frequency is set to rise in 2018, according to a new study by ground transportation provider The Go Group LLC. When asked about travel plans for 2018, 27 percent of respondents plan on traveling more for business in 2018 compared with 2017 and 33 percent said they would be traveling more for leisure.
The results were compiled from a survey conducted by The GO Group, LLC., which provides ground transportation at more than 90 airports worldwide. More than 240 people participated in the survey.
When the same survey was conducted last year, just 15 percent of respondents stated they planned on traveling more frequently for business and 21 percent more for leisure compared with 2016.
Just 6 percent of this year's survey participants said they planned on traveling less in 2018 for business and 5 percent less for leisure. Twenty-seven and 33 percent noted they will travel the same amount for business and leisure, respectively, while 39 percent are unsure of business travel plans and 30 percent for leisure.
According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the total contribution of travel and tourism in 2016 was 8.1 percent of the U.S. GDP.
"Based on the statistics, the potential increase in business and leisure travel should have a huge impact on airlines, hotels and related industries ," said John McCarthy, president of The GO Group, in a written release. "The travel and tourism industry creates jobs and generates global prosperity so this is really positive news."