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All work and no play?; Key findings from the American Express Corporate Travel Barometer.

The frequency of business travel has brought added 'on-the-road' pressures for executives.

While away on business, they are making more of an effort to balance work and relaxation. Many take time to enjoy in-flight entertainment and reading (38 per cent) and to catch up on sleep (28 per cent), while only 13 per cent access their laptops and ten per cent use on-board internet/email facilities. In their 'down-time', business travellers like to sight-see and shop (39 per cent each), socialise with colleagues and clients (37 per cent) and use health club facilities (19 per cent).

Business travellers place top priority on travel, with the vast majority (81 per cent) confirming value in face-to-face meetings for winning business.

Contrary to expectations, almost three quarters (73 per cent) of those questioned report their work-related travel has not decreased since September 11.

Almost half (46 per cent) expect a recovery in the travel industry within the next three to six months.

Cost remains a prime factor in the choice of airline for half (48 per cent) of business travellers. More than half (60 per cent) say they have used low cost carriers for business travel over the last 12 months.

Technology is crucial for effective travel. Nearly three quarters (72 per cent) say that their mobile phone is their most indispensable tool while away. Most (76 per cent) check their email at least once a day.

Seventy per cent use a corporate card to manage and control their travel and entertainment expenses.

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