Eurostar seeing "strong levels" of business travellers

The number of business travellers choosing to use Eurostar is on the up, with the first half of 2014 seeing “strong levels” of passengers using the service.

Business passengers increased by six per cent over the between January and June, compared to the same period last year. Eurostar puts this down to the recovering economy and a growing business travel sector in both France and the UK, reports buyingbusinesstravel.com.

On the other hand, leisure travel has taken a bit of a hit, due to the closeness of the UK’s May and Easter bank holidays. As they were just two weeks apart this year, many families decided to take one trip instead of two. The World Cup hasn’t aided business either, as it meant more people were choosing to stay at home.

Despite this, overall passenger numbers were up two per cent during the first half of the year, climbing from 4.9 million a year previous to reach five million, reports bbc.co.uk. Sales revenues were also up by 0.5 per cent, jumping to £456 million from £453 million.

Nicolas Petrovic, chief executive of Eurostar, comments: “Whilst a number of factors in the second quarter of the year lead to a dampening in demand, we are now beginning to see a more benign trading environment with encouraging signs of economic stability in France as well as the UK.

“These more favourable conditions have helped deliver strong growth in business travel across our markets.”