Business travel took a hit during the last years of the noughties, but overall the decade was an innovative one, as business travelers pointed out in a survey for the 2010 Business Travel & Meetings Show, a gathering of Europe's corporate travel industry.
|73% of airline passengers are OK with a little small talk. But just a little.|
The survey also revealed business travelers to be a cranky lot. The No.1 perk of traveling for business wasn't the chance to see new places or hang out in first-class lounges. It was "being away from home."
B-travelers seem quite demanding, too, judging from their suggestions on how to enhance the business travel experience: even faster check-in, security and immigration, carbon-free travel options, supersonic aircraft and the invention of--drumroll, please--a "miracle child silencer."