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Global business travel survey conducted in Copenhagen

The majority of international business travellers are only “mildly concerned” about the Ebola threat, a recent poll by the Association of Corporate Travel Executives shows, while two-thirds of respondents remain confident in governmental agencies to assess and address the Ebola crisis.

The poll was conducted during the association’s global travel conference in Copenhagen this week, which drew participants from 34 countries and leaders from independent business travel associations, including delegates from Africa.

Business travellers are taking Ebola fears in their stride, with 47% of corporate travel executives saying their clients show “mild concern”, 26% saying they show “no concern”, 13% “strong concerns” and 13% saying clients preferred not to fly to some destinations.

Of respondents, 65% said they remained confident in international, national and regional health agencies to respond to the Ebola crisis, while 35% indicated they had lost confidence.

Only 41% reported their companies had restricted travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, Senegal or Nigeria, and 59% cited no travel restrictions.

“The global business travel industry wants fact and resolution as opposed to fear and conjecture where Ebola is concerned,” ACTE Executive Director Greeley Koch said. “Five hundred delegates registered for this event, including several from Africa, without fear of the Ebola virus. We had no Ebola fear-related cancellations and participation for this event grew right through the first day.”

Koch dismissed a suggestion for temperature-taking booths at the conference as “unnecessary.”

TTG Nordic

[image courtesy EPA]

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