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A Perspective of Business Travel for 2022

With the vaccination campaigns well under way and the low numbers of COVID infections around the world, companies are beginning to look at engaging in business travel once again. Nevertheless, there have been many changes in travel due to the pandemic, and there are several aspects that need to be given thought.

At the government level, countries have different sets of regulations and restrictions that are constantly changing. It’s important that both employees and managers are aware of what to expect at a destination before even planning a trip. If the local rules make the trip too long or increase the costs of travel, it might be better to reconsider the dates of travel. News outlets and government web pages will have updated information that will guide the traveler.

Hotels and Airlines have also changed their procedures and protocols for passengers and guests. The use of fase masks (not just fase coverings), vaccination requirements and types of vaccines accepted, room service and catering have all changed after the pandemic and it’s important that the people travelling be aware of the changes to avoid delays and cancellations due to lack of compliance of the rules. Airline and hotel websites will generally inform the traveler of the new reality, but it’s also a duty of the company to make sure the employee has this information.

Company restrictions also need to be communicated to the whole organization. If there are countries or regions that have been declared off limits due to infection rates or restrictive quarantine regulations, companies must make sure that these are known by all parties involved in travel.

Along with the new challenges brought to travel by COVID-19, we still have the risks that have always been part of travel and these must also be taken into account.

Political events, demonstrations and social turmoil are still a factor in regions like Latin America and travellers must be prepared to navigate these difficulties, and they must be given tools by their companies to help them. Security awareness courses and local safe transportation services are some of the tools to aid travelers on the ground.  

Natural disasters remain a constant concern and so do non COVID diseases. The use of tap wáter and consumption of uncooked vegetables can present hazards to the health of travellers.

Crime is on the rise in emerging economy countries. The COVID-19 crisis brought unemployment and an increase in the poverty indicators. These factors have led the numbers of crime to rise, and in many cases, the crime has turned violent. Travellers must be aware of the risk level of the location they are visiting and take the necessary measures to be safe.

In conclusion, business travel has become more complex due to the pandemic. There’s a shared responsibility between the traveler and the company to make sure the right information is provided in order to have trouble free travels.