Bangalore, June 30, 2013 – A survey by the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor, found Indian professionals prone to mixing business with pleasure while travelling, combining work with holidays. 69% respondents said they extend their business trips for personal travel sometimes and 82% check mails and 94% take or make work calls on holiday. Of these, while 61% check their e-mails daily, 15% are constantly checking their inbox.” The survey was conducted among actively employed professionals of whom over 75% travel often or occasionally for work. These respondents include a large sample of frequent travellers (30% undertook 3-5 domestic business trips in the last 6 months and 41% took at least 1-2 international business trips in the past 6 months.) Over 50% respondents were professionals with 6-15 years of work experience and 21% were senior professionals with work experience between 16-25 years.
While business trip schedules are choked with meetings, conferences, market visits and playing catch up with work mail on Smartphones , the survey finds that the top 3 things that people still try and find time for are :
- Try/eat out at popular restaurants in the city (78%)
- Visit some local tourist spots (75%)
- Catch up with a friend in that city (66%)
Interestingly, family loving Indians seem to prefer catching up with a friend in the city compared to meeting relatives which featured lowest among other options!
Further strengthening this trend, the survey finds 94% respondents make/ take work related calls while on holiday out of which 23% make/take calls often or always, while one-third decide on taking/making calls depending on who is calling them.
Smartphone is the device of choice for a majority of 62% respondents to manage work on holiday, followed closely by the traditional laptop at 59%. Tablet adoption seems to be catching up with 22% using it for remote work management.
57% respondents said that they used airline miles collected on business trips for their personal travel.50% respondents indicated that they use hotel reward points collected on business trips for their personal travel.This could be a result of seemingly liberal company policies as 67% respondents confirmed that their organisation does not prohibit employees from using airline miles or hotel points accumulated from business trips for personal use.
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