Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company, commissioned a survey, conducted by IFOP Asia, to poll 4,300 adults who travel for business in key cities throughout the U.S., U.K., Canada, China and Brazil to better understand their travel habits.
Over 50 percent of U.S. business travelers admit to inviting family to join them while away on business, second only to travelers in China at 67 percent. Least likely to offer up an invite are U.K. travelers at just 33 percent.
Extending a business trip to include leisure time is a must among the majority of Chinese business travelers and nearly half of U.S. business travelers. Least inclined to do so are those in the U.K., with 68 percent saying they would rather not.
Close to a third of U.S. and Canadian travelers, 32 percent and 31 percent, respectively, view business trips as an opportunity to explore a new city or area, while Chinese travelers are more likely to view such trips as a chance to experience a higher-end hotel. Brazilian travelers on the other hand, view business travel as an opportunity to indulge on an all-expenses paid trip.
Most bothered by business trips are U.K. travelers, of whom 38 percent say they either do not enjoy them or view them as a sacrifice of personal time and time with the family.
Among all business travelers, close to half have extended a trip to include leisure time in the past, while a quarter always include some personal time when traveling for business.
A third of all business travelers make it a point to explore the hotel and its amenities when traveling, with 70 percent of those individuals citing the hotel bar and restaurant as the most popular place to go. The fitness center was a close second with 60 percent, followed by half with the hotel spa.
Although the minority, 16 percent of all business travelers say that business trips are only about work and not about personal time.