Business travellers embracing new technology, says survey

Business travellers are embracing new technology to save time and make travel easier.

The Barclaycard Business Travel Survey, which seeks the views of 3,000 UK business travellers, found that just under half of respondents want to use their mobiles for more than just speaking to people. In 2007, 47% used their mobile or the Internet to check in for a flight, up from 42% in 2006.

Some 49% of respondents look to airlines to provide onboard wireless Internet connection to help make use of their time.

Not only are people travelling more, but travelling longer distances and for longer periods, making it more important to keep in touch with the office, the survey found.

Barclaycard Business director of commercial cards Denise Leleux said: “The future growth of business travel is inextricably linked to the advancement of technology. The next few years will be exciting as we see advancements across a range of devices and services.”

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