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Article from BTNews 27 SEPTEMBER 2010

Business travel shows positive growth

THE GUILD OF TRAVEL MANAGEMENT COMPANIES (GTMC) quarterly transaction survey covering all segments of the UK’s business travel sector shows signs of positive growth for the first half of the year.  The survey noted that air travel, hotel bookings, rail travel, and car rental are all ahead of the corresponding period in 2009.  Overall, business travel transactions across the spectrum had a combined increase of 12% over 2009, although sales performance is yet to reach the levels of 2008.  Air travel in particular fared better than anticipated for the period, particularly given the ash crisis and the industrial action instigated by the union Unite against British Airways.  The segment showed a healthy 13% growth over the corresponding period for last year.  Rail travel, the star performer of recent years, showed a continuing good performance for the first half of 2010 with an increase in bookings by GTMC members by 11%.  However indications are that the growth in transactions has not been matched by a growth in revenues with a general move out of First Class and a noticeable reduction in public sector spend.  Hotel bookings are also in recovery mode with an increase of 7% year on year. www.gtmc.org

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