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What Millennials Can Teach Us About Business Travel

They’re digitally obsessed, adventurous, and down to do business like they do leisure. This generation of upstarts, typically grouped as those who fall in the 18-35 age group, make up one-third of the American workforce, the largest proportion. And a lot of those workers are traveling: a 2016 report from MMGY Global, a travel and hospitality marketing firm who polled 1,007 business travelers from across generations, found that millennials took an average of 7.7 business trips over a twelve-month period—more than their older counterparts, Generation Xers who were born between 1965 and 1979 (6.4 trips) and Baby Boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, (6.3 trips). As hotels, airlines, and ride-sharing companies scramble to figure out what this new generation of tech-obsessed, sharing-economy-loving, frequent fliers want, a few key insights have started to emerge.

Millennials know business travel can be rough on family life…but they want to do it anyway. It’s a trade-off that millennials are willing to take, according to the MMGY Global study: While 61 percent of them think that travel has “a negative impact on family life,” 48 percent wish they could take even more business trips. For Gen Xers and Boomers, the numbers are lower—40 percent of Xers and just 26 percent of Boomers agree that business travel negatively affects family life, numbers perhaps stemming from the fact that they tend to have older children. But still, only 29 and 15 percent of Xers and Boomers, respectively, wish they were taking more trips.

Beyond the scope of business trips, millennials are generally more willing and ready to pack up and get out of their comfort zone: A 2016 study by Hipmunk, which polled 1,650 adults, found that while 49 and 40 percent of polled Gen Xers and Boomers, respectively, have valid passports, three-quarters of millennials do. To read more at Conde Nast Traveler, click here.

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