How business travel has changed since Covid

Published on : 10th November 2022

How business travel has changed since Covid

The coronavirus pandemic redefined the business sector and created unforeseeable circumstances that have continued to impact economies around the world. In this blog, we will be exploring one of the elements of business that has arguably changed the most due to covid-19: travel.

The phenomenon of web conferences

In a time where travelling to and from the office was a genuine threat to a person’s health and safety, alternative solutions had to be put in place to try and help businesses stay profitable. The phenomenon of Zoom calls took the world by storm as the leading solution for keeping in touch with employees, co-workers and clients.

It may have taken some time to get used to, and of course, nothing fully replaces real-life interactions, but overall, Zoom calls became a huge success. They mimicked in-person meetings by allowing you to still see, talk, hear and even present to those also on the call.

A lot of businesses still use Zoom today, with many even preferring it. It gets the job done and is much more cost-effective than travelling to meetings, which poses the question, why would you travel for business when you can do a video call instead? Web conferences don’t seem to be losing traction anytime soon, which will reduce both the need and want for business travel.

Will business travel ever be the same?

There were many restrictions put in place on travel in order to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. As the world slowly opened up, measures such as Covid testing, proof of vaccination and locator forms became the norm, making travelling much more of a headache than it was pre-pandemic.

Business travel is still important, but gone are the days when people would undertake long trips for just one meeting. Financially, businesses are finding that travelling for meetings is now an inconvenient and unnecessary expense, especially with the concerns around global warming and climate change intensifying. With the success of virtual meetings, businesses will be much more meticulous when selecting which events require in-person attendance.

To travel or not comes down to how well a meeting can be adapted to make it virtual instead. If the outcome won't differ based on whether someone is there in-person or not, it's likely that businesses will increasingly opt for web conferences instead, saving money on travel expenses and freeing this cash up to be used elsewhere.