Why it matters: Meetings and events-related travel spending remained at just 30% of 2019 levels in 2021, and total two-year losses (2020 and 2021) amounted to $186 billion. While the sector is expected to partially recover in 2022, spending is still projected to remain at just 68% of 2019 levels when adjusted for inflation.
To get business back, we must get back to business—in-person.
Our research shows more than three-quarters (77%) of executives consider business travel essential.
However, findings from the Q3 Business Travel Tracker revealed that more than six in 10 corporate executives expect their company will spend less on business travel over the next six months compared to the same period in 2019.
The reality: Headwinds are on the horizon. With a mild recession likely in the coming months, many companies are expected to tighten spending amid a challenging economic environment.
To accelerate our industry’s full recovery, companies must prioritize a return to normal business travel operations to bring people together not only to conduct business and build meaningful relationships but also to bolster our economy.
Business travel and professional meetings and events are critical to the full recovery of not only travel, but also the U.S. economy. For current metrics on business travel and more, see our The Latest Travel Monthly Data Report and our quarterly Business Travel Tracker.