By Daniel Hunter
Four in 10 business travellers regularly add extra days onto work trips so they can enjoy personal travel without incurring the extra costs, new research has revealed.
Almost half (46%) of British businessmen and women also admit they try and choose a higher-rated or more expensive hotel when they travel for work than they would on personal trips, according to the nationwide study by leading hotel bookers LateRooms.com.
One in 10 staff say they couldn’t possibly afford the same class of hotel on personal excursions that their employer funds routinely for work trips, according to the LateRooms.com poll of 2,000 businessmen and women.
And 22% admit they happily take advantage because someone else is paying. A further 13% say they always choose more expensive hotels while away on work because they have a generous budget.
Some 30% of those in relationships with British businessmen and women ‘hate’ when their partner goes on a work trip, the research also revealed.
Therefore, according to the study, many businessmen and women take their partners on work trips with them.
Some 6.5% of business travellers admit they always take their partner away on their work trips and 27% regularly take their partner with them whenever their schedules mean they are able.
LateRooms.com business spokesman, Greg Mannix, said: “The average British businessman or woman travelling on a work trip will stay away from home for 8.8 nights per year, according to our research.
“Indeed, 30% of British business travellers stay away even longer — between 10-20 nights per year.
“Tax rules mean companies claim VAT back on the cost of employees staying in hotels on work trips — something personal travel doesn’t have the advantage of. This means that, for some, the standard of hotel they stay in on a business trip can be much higher than the ones they would choose for personal travel.
“Given that they are staying in a higher standard hotel already, it seems many businessmen and women understandably take advantage and tack some personal travel time onto their work trip — sometimes even inviting their partner to stay and enjoy the extra luxury alongside them.”