Just You launches travel trade solo experience

Just You launches travel trade solo experience

Friday, 21 October 2016 14:00

Just You h...

Spontaneous people are happier according to Snaptrip survey

Spontaneous people are happier according…

Friday, 21 October 2016 11:00

Spontaneous people are often believed to lead more exciting or glamorous lifestyles and a new study has confirmed that they are happier in all aspects of their lives.

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver tickets for half term

Top Brighton attractions on Combi-Saver …

Friday, 21 October 2016 09:00

Visitors to Brighton this October half term can save up to 20% on its top three paid-for attractions with combination tickets now available for British Airways i360, SEA LIFE Brighton...

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Free cabin upgrades with Cosmos Tours

Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:00

There still’s time for agents to book a Croisieurope river cruise for their customers with a free cabin upgrade on a range of river cruises throughout Europe, when booked with...

Last minute autumn breaks available at Haven

Last minute autumn breaks available at H…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 11:00

Agents can still give their customers a last minute family break this autumn from £99 when booking a Haven holiday between now and November 5.

Skiers urged to head east for best piste costs reveals new report

Skiers urged to head east for best piste…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 08:00

Cash-conscious skiers can avoid the slippery slope of higher prices for their annual downhill trip by heading to ski resorts in Eastern Europe.

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS competition

Design an anniversary poster for DFDS co…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 14:00

Ferry operator, DFDS, is putting out a call to professional and amateur artists to create a poster that will be used in their 150th anniversary celebrations this year.

Savings on worldwide adventures with Explore

Savings on worldwide adventures with Exp…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:00

Explore has launched a new collection of worldwide adventures with a launch offer of up to 10% discount on all new trips booked by November 7.

New route to Seattle makes it one to watch for 2017

New route to Seattle makes it one to wat…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:12

Seattle is expected to be one of the fastest growing US destinations for UK travellers next year with a Virgin Atlantic direct non-stop daily flight launching March 2017, new hotel...

Air Transat launches 2017 programme with increased connections across Canada

Air Transat launches 2017 programme with…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:04

Air Transat has expanded its programme of flights from the UK to Canada with increased capacity and connections for travel in 2017.

Oceania Cruises reduces single supplement fares

Oceania Cruises reduces single supplemen…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:02

Oceania Cruises has launched a reduced single supplement promotion for solo travellers, with guests offered single supplements fares from 25% on seven itineraries, booked before December 31.

Mall of America welcomes arrival of MythBusters

Mall of America welcomes arrival of Myth…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 14:00

Running throughout autumn until January 15, 2017, visitors can ignite their curiosity and discover whether they can really huff and puff to blow a house down; if running in the...

Emirates to launch new daily service to Fort Lauderdale

Emirates to launch new daily service to …

Monday, 17 October 2016 11:00

Emirates has announced that it will launch a daily service between Dubai and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, on December 15, serving the South Florida area, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami and...

New tours in UK & Europe from Back-Roads Touring

New tours in UK & Europe from Back-R…

Monday, 17 October 2016 08:42

Small group tour specialist Back-Roads Touring has launched its summer 2017 brochure to reveal a unique line up of new itineraries in Switzerland, Scandinavia, the Baltics, France, Iberia and Russia.

Star studded cruise line up from CMV in 2017

Star studded cruise line up from CMV in …

Friday, 14 October 2016 10:16

Cruise & Maritime Voyages has announced five star-studded cruises for 2017 following the arrival of its new main brochure.

Non-stop flights to Manchester from SIA

Non-stop flights to Manchester from SIA

Friday, 14 October 2016 10:11

Singapore Airlines will fly non-stop between Singapore and Manchester from October 30 as part of its northern winter schedule.

On June 23, British citizens will be faced with a major question in polling booths up and down the UK – ‘should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?’

The polls still point to an unclear outcome with the media claiming many voters are yet to make up their mind – the result hangs in the balance.

Many voices have been heard on the merits of staying in or leaving the EU. Where the DCC Forum helps business travellers understand the choices available to them abroad, we decided to listen to those from the UK on their views on the referendum, given they are a group of people who would no doubt experience the impact of a Brexit first hand.

The results of our research, which we commissioned in conjunction with Censuswide, proved interesting reading. One in four business travellers are feeling uncertain about the prospect of Britain withdrawing from the European Union. A further 15% have said it is something that they worry about and only 13% said they had no worries about the impact it would have on their next business trip. At large, 15% of those surveyed said that the prospect of a Brexit makes them feel happy.

At a local level the results varied, with those in Wales worried most about business travel (23%) if the vote leave campaign wins, while those in the North East worried the least (6%). Respondents in London fell somewhere in between, with 16% stating that the prospect of Brexit worried them.

We also looked at how UK business travellers felt Britain leaving the EU would tangibly impact their travel in Europe. Their greatest concern surrounded gaining entry into countries, with a quarter worried they’d have to apply for visas before their trips and 20% worried by possible delays at passport control. The prospect of increased airfares as a result of a Brexit was noted as a concern for 21%, prompting less flexibility as to when and how often they can make it to meetings abroad.

It’s clear from the research that there is a level of unease amongst the business traveller community about the result of the referendum, so it makes sense that the travel trade does everything it can to support them at this time. Fact needs to be detached from fiction with clear guidance given on what leaving and staying in the EU means. On top of this, there needs to be a level of honesty about what the known implications will be for business travellers if the UK leaves. It’s also important to make business travellers aware that if the UK does leave the EU, there would be a transition period and any changes will take time to come into force.

Whatever happens in June, business travellers will continue to play an important role in the UK’s international trade. It’s great to see that more than two thirds (67%) of UK business travellers polled said they were definitely expecting to travel abroad and do more business globally next year, no matter what the outcome of the referendum is.

At any rate, those who took part in our survey, myself and our peers in the travel industry will no doubt be watching the results of the vote with bated breath. 

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