U.S. Business Travelers Find Ways to Manage Work-Life Balance



    
    Expedia Corporate Travel survey shows business travelers use creative
    strategies to keep travel from disrupting their lives
    

    BELLEVUE, Wash., June 3 /CNW/ -- Expedia(R) Corporate Travel today
announced the results of a survey of more than 1,100 U.S.-based business
travelers conducted to better understand how they maintain and manage
work-life balance while traveling for business.  Overall, the results
illustrate that travelers are getting creative to make business travel more
convenient to their everyday lives.  The findings demonstrate that 66 percent
of those surveyed do not have trouble balancing work responsibilities with
personal obligations.  As a way to maintain their regular routines, travelers
say they are using technology and other strategies to stay in touch with loved
ones and bringing the comforts of home out on the road.
    
    Staying Connected with Friends and Family
    
    One way business travelers maintain their relationships is by instituting
regular practices to keep in contact with friends and family while on the
road.  According to the survey, 86 percent of respondents stay connected with
friends and family via email and phone while they are traveling for work.
Sixty-seven percent establish a nightly ritual of calling their family every
evening before they go to bed and 19 percent of travelers snap interesting
pictures to share with their kids when they get home.
    "One myth about business travel is that travelers have to put their lives
on hold and cannot stay in touch with friends and family when away from home,
but the results of this survey show that's not consistently true," said Rob
Greyber, senior vice president of North America for Expedia Corporate Travel.
"The findings show that travelers are getting creative when it comes to
maintaining their relationships while traveling, like the seven percent that
use a web cam to connect online with their family.  With advances in
technology, it is getting easier for road warriors to keep in touch with their
friends and family."
    
    Bring Family and Friends Along
    
    Business travelers are also leveraging company travel to enjoy personal
time.  Surprisingly, survey responses indicate that more than 68 percent of
business travelers are actually spending more time on the road.  Additionally,
59 percent have someone join them for all or part of business trips so they
can spend free time together and, in some cases, travelers even bring their
pets on work trips.  John Gordon, a director at ASBA-Leadership Development
brings his wife along on annual conferences, "We try to arrange our vacation
days to accompany each other."
    
    Travelers Taking Time Out for Themselves
    
    The majority of travelers are finding creative ways to maintain their
healthy habits and priorities while on the road.  Travelers are not letting
work trips disrupt their routines, such as having downtime, eating healthy
foods and going to the gym.  Fifty-five percent of respondents say they take
time to relax in their off hours, like using the facilities of
health-conscious hotels, such as in-room workouts, healthy offerings in the
mini-bar and on-site gyms to stay fit while on the road or the 52 percent who
plan a relaxing or fun activity during their trip.
    "I have made it a point (when traveling for work) to spend a little time
finding something local to see or do," says Dave Hatton, a marketing manager
with Select Comfort, makers of the Sleep Number bed. "I have seen Navy Pier in
Chicago, been on an airboat ride in Louisiana, been to the top of the arch in
St. Louis and eaten BBQ in Memphis.  These trips, along with many others, have
given me a greater appreciation for our country and for my job which allows me
to see and do such amazing things."
    Travelers are also using resources to pay bills and take care of other
responsibilities while on a business trip.  Forty-eight percent of respondents
say that they use downtime such as the period waiting for a delayed flight to
take care of personal activities like making personal phone calls.  Others say
they use this time to enjoy spa treatments or work out while waiting in the
airport.
    "We are seeing more select-service hotels where travelers can cook their
own meals, work out in the hotel gym and maintain an overall healthy lifestyle
while traveling," said Greyber. "Business travel has become such an everyday
part of people's jobs that the priority has shifted towards providing the
services and amenities that allow them to maintain their daily routines."
    In order to better meet individual travelers' preferences, ECT enables
them to search specially negotiated Expedia Corporate Rates for over 2,300
hotel properties around the world based on location and amenities, such as
workout facilities. Developed with the corporate traveler in mind, these rates
offer not only specially negotiated rates as high as 25 percent, but often
include corporate friendly amenities such as free high-speed or Wi-Fi access,
breakfast and gym access.  Some featured hotels are going as far as partnering
with software companies to bring technology to the traveler, which can include
web cams, printers and computer stations.
    Overall, the results of the survey show that business travelers are
finding ways to stay connected to their friends and family. Most road warriors
believe they are able to manage work-life balance and take advantage of time
away from work obligations to either relax and enjoy themselves or take care
of personal matters like paying bills.
    
    About Expedia Corporate Travel
    
    Expedia Corporate Travel is the No. 1 online corporate travel agency and
fifth largest travel management company in the world.  As part of Expedia,
Inc., (Nasdaq:   EXPE), the world's leading online travel company, empowering
business and leisure travelers with the tools and information they need to
easily research, plan, book and experience travel, Expedia Corporate Travel
brings together the best of technology and corporate support in a single-
source solution that drives down costs.  Business travelers have access to
specialized tools, while companies can take advantage of rich management and
reporting features.
    Expedia, Expedia Corporate Travel and the Airplane logo are either
registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other
countries.  Other logos or product and company names mentioned herein may be
the property of their respective owners.
    (C) 2008 Expedia, Inc.  All rights reserved. CST# 2083922-50.




For further information:

For further information: Hillary Dunn of Edelman, +1-312-233-1329, 
hillary.dunn@edelman.com, for Expedia Corporate Travel Web Site:
http://www.expediacorporate.com

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