Nearly a third of manufacturing professionals who travel for business claim that there are no set allowances for dining or accommodation when they travel, The Heathrow Express Business Travel Insights Report reveals.
The state of the nation report on business travel, commissioned by Heathrow Express surveyed business travellers from across the UK, Germany and the US and also found that 35% of business travellers in the manufacturing sector said that their companies had no formal rules on food and drink while they were away, 17% had no rules on accommodation and 25% had no stipulations when it came to flight bookings.
Manufacturing workers take on average 2.4 domestic business trips and 2.1 international business trips a year, but they are the sector that adds the least amount of time to business trips for leisure purposes, with only 1.4 nights on average being booked for fun after a business trip. However, 83% per cent of those who travelled long haul report that they upgrade to premium economy, business or first class, as opposed to an average across all business travellers of 81%.
Forty-six per cent of business travellers in the manufacturing industry book travel themselves, but 16% said they had become more reliant on travel management companies over the past three years.
While business travellers from every sector, including those in manufacturing, rated personal safety as the number one priority when booking flights and accommodation, speed was stated as the most important consideration when booking airport transfers.