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56% say no boost to business travel for years

Almost 60% in poll say companies will remain cautious about spending.
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A total of 56.4 percent of people think business travel will not pick up for a few years as companies remain cautious about spending, according to the latest Arabian Business poll.

A further 23 percent of respondents to the poll, which ran online last week, said there might be an increase but it would be seen in economy class not business class as companies continue with cost cutting measures brought in amid the global downturn.

Only 10.3 percent of respondents to the online poll were optimistic that business travel would see an increase in 2011, in line with comments made earlier last week by Etihad CEO James Hogan.

Speaking at the 2010 NBTA Conference and Exposition Hogan said signs of recovery were already being seen and that he anticipated the return of business travel over the coming year.

However, some 10.3 percent of respondents said business air travel would see growth this year as more executives were already choosing to travel business class.

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