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Biz women are happy travellers

entertainment Updated: Nov 09, 2011 02:43 IST

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It’s not just men who have all the fun. Contrary to common belief that men enjoy more on business trips, a study has found that 94 per cent of female employees in India prefer work-related travel, while most of them make the best use of it to wrap up personal works as well.

According to a recent survey by travel site TripAdvisor, 90 per cent of respondents said they enjoy travelling for work, while 94 percent of women prefer work-related travel as compared to 87 per cent men. The firm had conducted the survey across 2,500 travellers working in government, public sector, private companies, multinationals as well as self employed.

“The survey has brought to light some striking facts about the Indian working woman’s behaviour and preferences,” TripAdvisor, India, Country Manager Nikhil Ganju said.

As per the Business Travel Survey, travel to international destinations for business purposes has increased this year with over 73 per cent respondents having travelled multiple times to overseas locations. “Women are more likely to ‘often’ extend their business trips to make time for personal holiday (54 per cent) compared to a dramatically low (9 per cent) men,” the survey said. Besides, it said women are more likely to create a business trip “that was not really required to wrap up personal work in another city (50 per cent)”.

According to the survey, employees are increasingly looking at technology as an alternative to reduce business travel. Compared to 63 per cent men, 84 per cent women said technology has reduced their work travel needs . However, companies seem to be conservative on travel assignments this year with over 65 per cent respondents saying their business travel has not increased or increased only marginally from 2010.

“‘Break from routine office day’ and ‘seeing new places on company money’ seemed to be the most exciting perks of business travel with over 55 per cent respondents citing both or one as their number one perk,” the survey said.