Business Travel News 12/23/2020
In its final weekly Planner Confidence Index survey for 2020, i-Meet reports that for the week ended Dec. 20, 69 percent of 259 planner respondents have a future face-to-face meeting or event contracted.
Respondents also reported that a majority expect to resume in-person gatherings in the second half of 2021, with 30 percent in the third quarter and 27 percent in the fourth quarter. This compares with just 6 percent in the first quarter and 20 percent in the second quarter. Twelve percent remain uncertain.
Forty-seven percent of respondents replied that they have new requests for proposals in progress, with 27 percent for the third quarter and 25 percent for the fourth quarter; 22 percent are planned for the first half of 2021.
Of the corporate planner respondents, 65 percent said that they already have events booked for 2021, but 25 percent said they had nothing presently booked. This represents a significant change from last week's results, when 54 percent had Q1 events booked and 36 percent had none.
Many activities carried out by short-term business visitors will require work permits and in some cases the passing of an economic needs test.
American is the first airline to achieve GBAC STAR accreditation for its entire fleet of aircraft and Admirals Club lounges.