The omicron COVID-19 variation is causing businesses to rethink their business travel policy. According to the Global Business Travel Association’s most recent poll, many employers are taking a “wait-and-see” attitude before imposing additional limitations or requirements on business travel. Furthermore, the majority believe that governments should demand overseas visitors to demonstrate that they are completely vaccinated, and that pre-trip negative testing should be necessary regardless of vaccination status.
The following are some of the highlights from the latest GBTA omicron variant poll:
- Business Travel Industry concerned about Omicron in terms of potential economic impacts.
- 82% of people are concerned about how omicron will affect their revenue.
- 69% are concerned about hiring in the sector, 61% are concerned about the safety of business travel.
- Omicron has impacted business travel suppliers and travel management companies. There is a decrease in company bookings.
On a worldwide scale, there are signs of a more cautious approach to imposing additional limits or criteria for business travel, and corporations are sticking to their present plans for the return to business travel.
- 53% people say their firm is unlikely to impose any further restrictions, 19% say their firm is still contemplating whether to impose restrictions or not.
- 17% people report their firm has already imposed restrictions on business travel.
The GBTA omicron variant poll was conducted Dec. 6-12, and a total of 732 responses were received.