Swine Flu can’t slow down Business Travel

by Alister POOLE on November 3, 2009

The travel and tourism industry has taken a beating over the last two years as the downturn in the economy has kept many from traveling.  Hotels and resorts have seen occupancy numbers drop dramatically in the last year, forcing many to drop their rates, cut staff, or to shut down completely.  When the outbreak of the swine flu virus started to dominate headlines many thought that this could be the final nail in the coffin for many in the travel and tourism industry.  Although the outbreak has certainly not been good for travel, some segments of the hotel industry are saying that it has not affected them as much as originally thought.

According to a recent study carried out by the Association of Corporate Travel Executives, the industry which revolves around professional conferences and business meetings has not been drastically affected by the outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus.  The study found that swine flu was not really a factor in attendance or bookings for the rest of 2009 and 2010.  The study found that many businesses were concerned about the swine flu virus but that they were not letting this fear get in the way of business meetings and conferences.  This is good news for the hotel industry, which has struggled mightily over the last year.

The survey polled over one hundred international companies and found that over ninety percent of those polled said that they would not let the swine flu outbreak prevent them from their business travel.  This indicates that many in the business world feel that the swine flu outbreak will not be as bad as originally predicted.

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