According to a recent report on Women in Business Travel published by FCM Travel Solutions, a division of the Flight Centre travel Group, nearly two-thirds of all travellers today are women.
The report also shows that women make 80% of all travel decisions, which effectively means 670 million women around the world control US$15 trillion (R214 trillion) in spending power, making female travellers a market twice the size of China and India’s markets combined.
In Africa, 89% of businesses have at least one woman on their senior management teams, as compared to 75% of businesses worldwide. In light of Women’s Day today, FCM Travel Solutions compiled a list of interesting findings on women business travellers. Here's a few of them:
Time away from family is the biggest pain point for women
The most significant drawbacks of business travel identified by the study were time spent away from the family, and a dislike of travelling alone. Time spent away from the family is what 77.2% of respondents like least about business travel (although 26.9% of travellers said this is a benefit…). Disruption to work (37.8%) and disliking having to travel alone (14.3%) were two other prominent drawbacks. Women find business travel particularly disruptive to their work.