The Women in Business Travel Report 2016 reveals problems with travel programmes

The Women in Business Travel Report, commissioned by female business travellers' network, reveals that 77% of those polled are dissatisfied with their company’s travel programme.

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The study found that 77% of female business travellers believe that their company’s travel programmes should take better notice of their gender needs, whilst 70% say travel providers need to try harder to meet those needs.

73.4% say their experiences of travel providers has a direct impact on policy compliance, with 75.3% believing their companies should prioritise suppliers who pay special attention to female travellers. This figure reflects the fact that as many as 31.4% of female business travellers say that they have encountered sexual harassment whilst travelling.

It also revealed that 64% of female business travellers say there are destinations they would not travel to - particularly the Middle East and South America.

Those surveyed came from a wide variety of industry sectors including professional services, healthcare, technology, retail, education and government. Just under half of the 200+ respondents said that they regularly spend four nights or more per month away from their UK homes on business.

The research, conducted with female company managers, directors, CEOs and owners, was supported by Avis Budget, CTI, International SOS, Priority Pass & Virgin Trains.

Carolyn Pearson, Founder & CEO,, explained why the report was commissioned. "The prominence of duty of care on the business travel agenda and the increase in the number of women reaching senior positions and a subsequent increase in women travelling on business means there’s never been a better time to look at the issues facing women travellers."

"More and more travel management, HR and travel security communities are now holding their travel suppliers accountable for the gender-specific needs of their travellers. Likewise travel suppliers, in particular some hotels, TMC’s and travel risk management organisations, are pioneering change and responding to the needs of one of their fastest-growing market segments. But, as our report shows, there is still much work to be done"

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The subject of our London Chapter meeting on Wednesday 26th October will be: Workforce Whereabouts: are business travellers the future of mobility? Click on the link for more detail and to register.

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Claire Tennant-Scull

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Claire Tennant-Scull is Global Director of Content & Events at the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM). She produces and chairs all FEM’s Conferences and Summits in Amsterdam, the Americas, APAC and EMEA and oversees FEM's global awards (EMMAs). Claire works closely with key clients, leads FEM’s London Chapter and oversees the FEM website, reports and publications. In addition to her experience in Global Mobility, Claire has more than 20 years’ expertise in publishing, working as a managing editor, writer, journalist and broadcaster, both in the print and digital world. With thousands of contacts across the Global Mobility community, Claire is always keen to welcome new members and to broaden the FEM community.

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