22 FEBRUARY 2016
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Uber, the controversial low-cost private hire operator will exhibit at the Business Travel Show (BTS) for the first time alongside fellow sharing economy suppliers Hailo, Gett, Veeve, JetHunter and Magicevent. BTS is at Olympia Wednesday-Thursday this week 24-25 February. (See ON THE SOAPBOX SPECIAL)
The addition of Uber and other apps-connected ‘taxi’ firms comes as 48% of travel managers confirmed they are undecided whether sharing economy providers offer a benefit or threat to their travel programme. The remaining 52% are split evenly between the two. The survey of 182 European travel managers was carried out by the Business Travel Show.
The research also showed that one in five travellers are already using sharing economy or private short-term rental listing platforms and 8% of travel managers currently include them in their programme. A further 12% plan to introduce them in the next three years and 19% allow travellers to book independently. Just 13% were adamant that they will not use in the future.
Sam Cande, group commercial director, Business Travel Show, said: “Yes, buyers are still undecided about the sharing economy, but that doesn’t mean they’re not interested in finding out more about them – we know this because we can see how many appointments buyers are making with our sharing economy suppliers at the show." www.businesstravelshow.com
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