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BT SHOW 2019


ON WITH THE SHOW


Get set for the Business Travel Show in February, which this year celebrates 25 years – and once again BBT is the official media partner


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NE-THIRD OF travel buyers will have bigger corporate travel budgets in 2019, according to research by the Business Travel Show. However, the poll of 134 European buyers also showed a slight increase in the number of budgets on the downturn – from 13 per cent in 2018 to 15 per cent this year. The show’s annual survey also revealed that fewer buyers will see a reduction in their accommodation budgets – 14 per


cent compared to 24 per cent year-on-year – although there is a slight rise in buyers with less to spend on flights – 16 per cent compared to 11 per cent. One-third of buyers will have more trips to manage compared with 45 per cent last year. And there was a drop in the number who forecast an increase in travel costs – from 47 per cent last year to 43 per cent. (See opposite page for more results.) “The wobble shown by the results


may reflect the uncertainty and dent in confidence the industry is currently experi- encing in the light of Brexit”, says Business Travel Show group event director David Chapple. “Despite the EU agreeing to the government’s plan to divorce, how Brexit will affect business travel for the UK and Europe is still very much conjecture,” he adds.


This probably also explains why, for the first time in five years, cost-cutting has been replaced by Brexit as the number one challenge buyers believe they’ll face in 2019. And yet, despite


JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 buyingbusinesstravel.com


this, 65 per cent of respondents do not have a post-Brexit plan in place.


While pricing, the value of sterling, glo- balisation and technology also make the top ten, duty-of-care and traveller safety have dropped out of the chart completely after taking the second slot for the last two years. The Business Travel Show celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Its theme is “Travel 2022” and much of the show’s content will focus on how buyers can prepare for the future. It will welcome more than 9,000 visitors, some 260 exhibitors and around 400 buyers on its extensive hosted programme. The education programme will feature over 90 hours of content, 88 sessions and more than 120 speakers (see Conference programme, p97).


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