Accor has revealed the findings of its Accor Asia Pacific Business Traveller Research 2011, which seeks to better understand the travel and behavioural preferences of business travellers based in Asia Pacific. The survey interviewed over 10,000 respondents who made business trips in the first half of this year.
Based on data collected, in terms of the most hardworking business travellers, research suggest that Chinese (82%) and Singaporean (82%) business travellers are the most diligent, working most often in the hotel when travelling on business. Overall, 75% business travellers in Asia Pacific work at the hotel, with 97% of them working from their guest room, rather than the hotel cafe (17%), executive lounge (15%) or business centre (14%).
Hong Kong business travellers are trailblazers in terms of burning the midnight oil, with 14% of the executives based in Hong Kong working in the hotel between the hours of Midnight to 0600. However, the most popular time slot for work is from 21:00 to Midnight (52%).
The propensity to work can be seen from the fact that all markets consistantly rate the internet (Wi-Fi and wired internet in guest room and Wi-Fi in other locations in the hotel) as the hotel facilities / services most often used when travelling for business.
Time Periods when Business Travellers work in the hotel:
It’s not all work and no play
On the flip side, Indian business travellers (64%) are the most hardworking in the gym, followed by Australian business travellers at 55%. Executives from all other countries surveyed are also no slouches with more than 50% using the fitness centres at hotels, showing that they believe in the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and working around their hectic schedule to order to do so. The only exception being the Chinese business travellers at 49%, however given their demanding travel volume and propensity to work in the hotel when not out doing external business - they are probably too busy holed up working in the hotelwith no time to gym as much as their fellow business travellers from other countries.