U.S. business travel volume is expected to increase over the next two years, as the U.S. economy moves into higher gear, according to a report from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Foundation. Overall, GBTA expects U.S. business travel spending to advance 3.1 percent to $295.7 billion in 2015, a lower figure than last quarter’s forecast due to lower than expected prices on travel goods and services. Total person-trip volume, on the other hand, is expected to increase, more than previously expected, by 1.7 percent to 492.1 million trips in 2015, the report shows. This rise in volume follows three quarters with relatively no change in GBTA’s forecast.
“The expected increase in U.S. business travel volume is an excellent indicator of how the overall domestic economy is faring, with every sector and consumer spending performing better than we’ve seen since 2009,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO. “Thanks to a healthier domestic economy and a stronger U.S. dollar, companies are putting more travelers on the road not only because they can afford to, but because they continue to see a strong return on their business travel investment.”
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