Nine out of 10 business travellers into Africa opt for four- or five-star accommodation during their trip, according to Flight Centre Travel Group’s Corporate Traveller statistics.
The figures show that 28 percent of business travel by South Africans is into Africa. Almost half of the travellers opt for five-star and 42 percent select four-star accommodation and have an expected spend of R3 000 per night on hotel stays.
Raylene Pienaar, GM of Corporate Traveller, attributes these choices to convenience and security, with 55 percent of travellers saying the hotel’s security features play a role in their decision-making. “Proximity to work site, office or meeting venue are the primary drivers in what accommodation is selected. Almost 100 percent of customers surveyed indicated these as determining factors. This is often due to the traffic conditions in the destination city.”
When it comes to transport, seven out of 10 opt for chauffeur services and Pienaar says less than 30 percent of travellers use a car-hire service. “The majority opt for chauffeurs or airport transfers. This is particularly true in Nigeria, Ghana, Dar es Salaam, Kenya and the DRC, as well as most North and Central African countries, where our travel experts actually strongly advise against car hire because of the poor road networks and security concerns.”
Corporate Traveller listed the top destinations for South African business travellers as Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana and Algeria.
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