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External Article21 April 2020

Business Travel Has Stopped. No One Knows When It Will Come Back

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Business travel worldwide has basically come to a standstill in the coronavirus pandemic.


When it will come back, and in what form, is anybody's guess.

"Everyone will have to learn how to be comfortable around people, especially in large airports, on crowded planes, and in very large convention hotels and resorts," said Henry Harteveldt, founder of Atmosphere Research Group, a travel analysis firm in San Francisco.

In a survey this month by the Global Business Travel Association, a trade group for corporate travel managers, nearly all its members said their employers had canceled or suspended all or most previously booked or planned international business travel, while 92 percent said all or most domestic business travel had been canceled or suspended.

"The current crisis," said John Snyder, chief executive of BCD Travel, one of the largest travel management companies, "is like nothing we've ever seen before."

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