Brexit has topped a poll of the biggest challenges facing travel buyers next year.

The annual survey by the Business Travel Show saw Brexit move from fourth place in the list of biggest concerns to top the poll, ahead of cost-cutting, budgets and airline pricing.

For the first time the show has also published a survey looking at the perception of challenges in the long-term, with Brexit also topping a poll looking ahead to the biggest challenges in 2022, ahead of rising costs, NDC (New Distribution Technology) and traveller safety.

However despite the concerns, a poll of 134 European buyers showed that nearly two thirds (65 per cent) of travel managers don’t have a post-Brexit plan in place.

Commenting on the findings, Business Travel Show group event director David Chapple said:

“Whether for or against the UK leaving the Europe Union, the last few months have been particularly frustrating and baffling for both sides leaving everyone possibly even more uncertain about any potential outcomes than they were a year or two ago.

“Because of that, I think our poll captures the Zeitgeist perfectly and it doesn’t surprise me that – right now – buyers are more concerned about Brexit than cost cutting.”

The Business Travel Show takes place at Olympia London from February 20-21, bringing together over 9,000 European travel industry professionals – to register visit