Direct spending on corporate travel by domestic and international travellers include expenditures on meetings, events and incentive programs (ME&I), which summed up to $317.2 billion in 2017.
Recent estimation from the US Travel Association shows that businesses in the US spent more than $307 billion on business travel in 2016.
An additional of 514 million business trips were also taken in 2017 which created a total economic impact of $424 billion.
Not to forget, there is also another spending such as hotel accommodation, which sums up the expenditure of daily allowance and also laundry, taxi transport as well as daily essentials.
According to ECA’s Daily Rates, supposing that the costs for all the above are involved, Lagos (Nigeria) and Luanda (Angola) are among the most expensive locations for business trips.
An average of $420 – $470 per night would be the cost for a business standard 4-star hotel room in these cities including breakfast.
On the other hand, staying connected online is also essential for travellers. According to the global research from Amba Hotels, companies in the US spent more than $7.3 billion annually for their employees to stay connected online while travelling.
The study shows that the average US business traveller spent $15.1 per day in Wi-Fi and roaming fees.
This shows that travellers are spending too much to stay connected online, regardless if you are travelling for business or if you are travelling for vacation.
And you will not believe what happened to James on his holiday. He was charged for more than £5,000 by Vodafone for checking email in the airport.
Mr James Stevenson, 44, lives in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire and he is the director of a recruitment company.
He was travelling to Cape Town on a holiday with his wife, Sarah and their 15-month-old daughter Luna. It was also the first time that they were on a long-haul flight.
When they arrived at the airport, James switched on his mobile phone to get the hotel details from his email.
By the time he found the email, he received a text from Vodafone saying that he had spent £495.
He felt so shocked and called the company.
He found out that the total bill for data roaming in the airport was more than £5,000, which was the same amount that he spent on the entire vacation.
He said, ”All I did was to find an email after a 12-hour flight with a one-year-old. This all took place in the airport and Vodafone has confirmed it was less than an hour of roaming, their minimum time breakdown.”
Vodafone says there is nothing they can do.
He was expecting a relaxing family trip but it was all ruined due to the stress,” Vodafone was dismissive, and I spent the holiday worrying about this bill.”
Malaysian was charged for more than RM22,000 for using data roaming from U Mobile in less than 24 hours.
She travelled to Koh Lipe, Thailand and got charged a whopping RM22,278.628 for using only 350MB of data roaming in 2015. She did not expect to receive such a bill shock upon returning from her trip although her credit limit is RM200!
She was offered to use 50MB internet roaming for free with its preferred roaming partner, True. However, she was connected to a non-preferred partner, AIS.
Whereas in Australia, Australians travellers are still being stung by roaming charges to date.
A survey was conducted with 2,004 people by Finder.com, more than 400,000 had received at least one bill shocked of $278 upon returning from their travel, which indicates 5.8 times of their monthly plan cost. That sums up a total of $92 million in global roaming charges.
Alex Kidman, a telco expert at finder.com.au, says there should not be any unexpected bill when Australians take their phone overseas.
“To make sure you don’t get stung, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and do some research. Either pick up a local SIM at your destination or find a roaming package at home.”
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References: https://www.hotelmanagement.net/tech/average-business-travelers-spend-15-10-on-wi-fi-and-roaming-charges-per-trip https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/man-pays-vodafone-more-than-5000-in-charges-after-one-hour-of-internet-roaming-while-abroad-a6780001.html https://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2015-03-23/how-to-avoid-international-roaming-charges-the-definitive-guide https://alertify.eu/most-expensive-cities-for-business-travel/ https://www.ustravel.org/answersheet https://alertify.eu/business-travel-roaming-expenses-and-how-to-avoid-them/ http://www.techguide.com.au/news/still-getting-stung-global-roaming-charges-heres-avoid/ https://www.lowyat.net/2015/65036/malaysian-consumer-receives-spectacular-rm22000-bill-shock-in-data-roaming-charges/
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