Business travel in India has begun to increase again after the dormant two years induced by the pandemic. OYO’s mid year business travel report – a survey carried out by OYO reveals that the sustained momentum is now visible in business travel with a jumpstart in business activities across all industries since January 2022.
The report underscores that recovery in business travel is led by the younger generation. 43 per cent of business travellers are in age bracket of 20-24 years, followed by 25-30 years (34.5 per cent) and 31-45 years (18.6 per cent). It is noteworthy that after months of virtual meetings and telephonic conversations, younger business travellers such as college graduates and those who have just joined the workforce or business, such as traders and small enterprises, are more enthusiastic about returning to face-to-face interactions.
Delhi has emerged as the most preferred destination for business travellers, closely followed by Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad. Within the business travel category, the three biggest constituents are corporate employees at 29 per cent, small business owners at 17.7 per cent and government employees at 12.3 per cent as per OYO’s mid year business travel survey.
The top three important parameters for business travellers while booking a stay are safety, hygiene, offers and discounts. Out of the total respondents, 52 per cent have said that safety is their top priority while booking a stay. Hygiene remains a top concern for 48 per cent of the business travellers and 45 per cent travellers book their stay on the basis of offers and discounts available to them.