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Videoconferencing Credited For Diverting Business Travel
More than eight out of 10 business travelers say they will be doing more or the same amount of business travel in 2013 as the previous year, according to a survey released Feb. 19 by the Hotel Association of Canada. Overall business and leisure travel was up two per cent for 2012.
But when those business travelers who say they will be playing road warrior less often in 2013 are asked why, technology does enter into the equation. The most-often cited reason is the cost of air fare in Canada at 31 per cent, and the second is use of tele/video conferencing at 23 per cent. You have to wonder how related these factors are though - will those travelling less because of costs be supplementing that travel with videoconferencing instead?
The survey also examines trends in social media and smartphone use, such as what apps travelers like to use while on the road. (It's nothing too surprising, they look at the weather and go on Facebook.) About 60 per cent of travelers carry a smartphone with them.
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