GTMC calls on government to recognise benefits of business travel


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GTMC calls on government to recognise benefits of business travel

The Guild of Travel Management Companies is urging the government to recognise the crucial role business travel plays in the economy.

Speaking at the organisation’s AGM, Paul Wait said the views of the sector must be taken into account by whoever is in government.

“As we enter an election year and a period of economic growth, we call on the government to recognise the key demands of business travellers and the role of business travel in the ongoing development of an export-led recovery,” he said.

The GTMC also highlighted research it commissioned in 2014 which showed strong support for HS2 from “millennials”.

Nearly three quarters (70%) of 18-29 year old who travel on business for at least 50 miles by rail a minimum of six times per year want to see the government’s proposed high speed rail link, compared to just over half (56%) of those over 30 years old.

“HS2 must provide direct links to Heathrow and Europe if the UK economy is to truly reap the benefits”

Paul Wait, GTMC

“For HS2 to truly realise its potential its development needs to be strategic. It must provide direct links to Heathrow and Europe if the UK economy is to truly reap the benefits of this investment,” said Wait.

The research also highlighted the importance of regional airports to the business community.

Manchester airport was identified as the most popular. Heathrow Airport remains the second most used for international business trips, yet regional airports such as Birmingham (#3), Edinburgh (#4) and Glasgow (#5) are also strongly favoured over London airports Gatwick (#8) and Stansted (#14).

“Likewise due diligence must be paid to the continuing issue of airport capacity, not only in London and the South East but in regional airports across the UK,” he added.

Repost from TTG