Although many signs point to a strengthening U.S. economy, the overwhelming sentiment in the business travel world remains doing more with less.
That attitude came across in a recent study that found many business travelers are staying a few extra nights to handle more business instead of making multiple trips.
Partly as a result, the estimated total number of trips in the U.S. has dropped 22% over the last decade, but overall spending on business travel has increased 3.3%, according to a study released last week by the global Business Travel Assn., a Virginia-based trade group.
In 2000, the association estimates that Americans spent $243 billion on more than 576 million business trips. Last year, spending on business trips rose to $251 billion but the number of trips dropped to 445 million, according to the group.