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‘FOMO’ trips: Hybrid, remote work encouraging more business travel

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“Individuals productively working remotely, part- or full-time, are renewing meaningful business and personal connections here and abroad. It’s fostering soul-enriching journeys,” Richards said in a statement.

Previous research has highlighted the trend as the rise of combined leisure and business travel, or bleisure travel, following the popularity of flexible work arrangements.

“Vacations used to be all about a complete escape from work, but now you can check emails from a hammock in the Maldives, take a break from a video conference to surf the incoming tide in Rincon, or finish the workday in Sweden and have plenty of time to view the Northern Lights,” Richards said.

Business travel to exceed pre-pandemic levels

As a result of this trend, remote and hybrid work have become a “boon” for the travel industry, according to Richards.

The report found that 21% of employees who travel for work are already predicting business travel to exceed pre-pandemic levels, double than the 11% recorded in January.

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