Research by CWT, the B2B4E travel management platform, shows that business travellers across the global, including those from India, are increasingly paying attention totheir health while on business trips.
According to the survey, 54 per cent of business travellers from India work hard to adhere totheir health and wellness routines, while 40 per cent try but find it challenging. The health and wellness amenities most commonly used by Indian business travellers include hotel gyms (58 per cent), hotel swimming pools (48 per cent) and in-room equipment such as yoga mats and stationary bikes (47 per cent).
Half (50 per cent) of the Indian respondents surveyed also indicated that they work out more while on the road, while only 6 per cent do not typically work out during business trips. And nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) said they eat healthier when traveling for business – the highest number globally.
“Sticking to your regular routine on business trips can be challenging for various reasons, such as limited options or tight schedules,” said Vishal Sinha, CEO, India, CWT. “You’re focused on your work and trying to make the most of your trip, so you don’t have time to search for a gym or affordable healthy eating options if they’re not easily accessible. By creating travel policies that factor these things in, such as allowing travellers to stay at hotels with fitness facilities and ensuring their meal allowance is enough to cover healthy food choices, companies can create a much better travel experience for their employees.”
Among regions, travellers in Asia Pacific are likely to work out more (33 per cent) while abroad, compared to travellers in Americas (23 per cent) and Europe (21 per cent). On the flipside, Europe business travellers are less likely to work out while on the road (48 per cent) vs. travellers in Americas (38 per cent) and Asia Pacific (32 per cent).
Meanwhile, only 7 per cent of travellers do not adhere to health and wellness routines when traveling. The percentage is higher among Europeans (10 per cent) and Americans (8 per cent), while travellers in Asia Pacific are the least likely to steer away from their wellness routines (3 per cent).
“Maintaining healthy habits while traveling is nearing the top of the priority list for travellers around the world,” said Niklas Andréen, CWT’s Chief Traveler Experience Officer. “At the end of the day, being in tune with what matters to your employees is indispensable for retaining and attracting the best talent.”
Since 2017, maintaining health and wellness routines while on the road has become an increasing priority for travellers. Across all regions, business travellers are striving to achieve their health and wellness routines regardless of where they are in the world.
About the survey
The survey was created by CWT and conducted by Artemis Strategy Group between the 29th of January and the 9th of February, 2019. Responses were collected from more than 2,700 business travellers who traveled for business four or more times in the previous 12 months. Respondents were from the Americas (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and the United States), Europe (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the UK) and Asia Pacific (Australia, China, India, Japan, and Singapore).