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7/11/2013 Statistics and MICE researches

Uvet Amex: recovery of business travel and cost cutbacks

The Business Travel Survey of Uvet Amex, a company of the Uvet Group specializing in business travel, has registered a slight recovery in business travel in Italy: in fact, during the first nine months of 2013, business travel abroad increased by 4%, while overall spend decreased by 2% thanks to a general reduction in costs.

“Intercontinental business trips continue to drive business travel and have increased by as many as 7 percentage points in the first nine months of 2013 compared to the same period of 2012. A sign that, today more than in the past, our businesses are looking for new market outlets. The number of business trips within the confines of Europe has remained stable, while traffic in Italy (-3%) is still showing a downward spiral”, commented Luca Patanè, President of the Uvet Group.

As regards international destinations, for the first time Dubai has surpassed New York while Paris has reconfirmed its position as the main European destination with 13% of overall business travel.

According to the survey, whose results will be presented in more detail at the BizTravel Forum scheduled to be held at MiCo in Milan on 26 and 27 November, it also emerged that, as regards domestic airport hubs, domestic traffic at  Rome’s Fiumicino airport has decreased by 2% while Milan continues to remain in the number one slot with 30.9%.

From the study it also emerged that many of the managers who travel for business prefer train travel, above all, on the Milan-Rome route. In fact, over the past two years, rail travel has increased by 14% even though 53% still prefer air travel. Thanks to competitive rail travel on the Milan-Rome route and other High Speed routes, over the past two years, the average cost of a rail ticket  has decreased by 8%.


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