Business travel to face health and wellbeing scrutiny

Companies from all over the world are to pay more attention to the health and wellbeing of the people they send on overseas business trips, according to new research.

The ninth annual International Travel Management Study from AirPlus found that stress, mental wellbeing and a work-life balance are set to be key considerations for global enterprises in 2014, reports.

As such, many businesses are expected to roll out policies aimed at managing wellbeing levels more frequently to ensure their overseas operations are more “health friendly”.

Elsewhere, AirPlus discovered that environmental concerns are also set to rise, with some 49 per cent of the 1,000 participating companies saying they are expecting greater “environmental awareness” throughout 2014.

It wasn’t all soft concerns about health and wellbeing, though, as AirPlus also noted a feeling among business travellers that prices would increase during the year ahead. Despite this, however, most companies still said they expected to undertake more business travel journeys in 2014 than they have done in recent years.

Commenting on the anticipated trends, AirPlus managing director Yael Klein told “The challenges are posed by growing worries about the rising cost of travel – there is a surge in the number of companies which fear spend will grow in the 12 months ahead.

“It’s great news that we are investing in travel again, but 2014 is going to be a year for double-checking every travel pound is well spent.”