Events professionals have appeared at number two on a list of job roles requiring the most amount of overseas travel.
‘Events coordinators’ reported the second highest level of work-related meetings or events necessitating foreign travel, according to an industry tour operator.
The same study revealed that 36% of people who had to travel abroad for their work were not ‘fully reimbursed for all associated travel costs’ and felt out of pocket at the end of the trip.
The research was carried out by www.sunshine.co.uk in a bid to find out more about Britons’ travel habits.
2,342 Britons aged 18 or over, all of whom stated that they were in a ‘full time professional job’ (but not in the travel industry) were quizzed about the travel requirements their job entailed, and the costs incurred by such travel.
Overall, 18% of respondents stated that, on average, they spent more than one week a year abroad for work rather than leisure. A total of 21% of the respondents confessed to spending more time travelling each year for work than leisure. All respondents who admitted to travelling abroad for more than one week a year for work were then asked what job they held. Once the responses were collected, the most common jobs that required travel abroad were revealed to be as follows:
1. Business consultant – 14%
2. Events co-ordinator -12%
3. Government role – 11%
4. Teacher (languages) – 10%
5. Tech development – 9%
6. Sales – 7%
7. Photographer/ Videographer – 5%
8. Business development – 5%
9. Journalist – 3%
10. Banking / Finance – 2%
One third, 36%, of those who were required to travel for work admitted that they felt as if they had not been ‘effectively reimbursed’ for the full costs of the time spent abroad on business, including travel and accommodation costs, with taxi charges being the most difficult expenses to have refunded (44% of those who were at a loss revealed it was over taxis). However, it was hotel bills that caused the largest losses for respondents; 10% of respondents at a loss revealed they were more than £1,000 out of pocket due to hotels booked for work travel abroad.
Unfortunately according to the poll, when respondents were asked if they enjoyed their work-related travels, 62% responded ‘only very occasionally’ or ‘no, never’. When those who had lost money travelling for work were asked if they thought the expense was justified for the experience of visiting a different country, 84% of respondents replied ‘no, absolutely not’.
Chris Clarkson, Managing Director of www.sunshine.co.uk, said: “Though some people seem to be lucky enough to get away with putting some entertainment on their business card when they travel, it’s a shame to see that so many people struggle to enjoy themselves when they’re off around the world on business. Don’t be afraid to add a few days on the end of your business trip if you can get away with it so you can take the time to find some fun wherever you end up; consider it a city break with occasional meetings, rather than the other way round.”