International Business Travelers Survey

The International Business Travelers (IBT) Survey digs into policies and practices put in place to address the tracking, compensation, travel, support and insurance coverage of business travelers. As security, tax, and immigration compliance become more prominent concerns, along with the escalating costs involved, there is heightened scrutiny surrounding work-related activities that occur across borders or even across different states within a country. These activities raise governance and global coordination questions. Additionally, technological limitations and siloed responsible teams can also affect the efficiency of tracking processes.

The IBT complements our Alternative International Assignments (AIA) survey in a world where differentiation between mobility types is becoming complex.

Data analyzed

  • Policy, tracking and administration
  • Compensation and travel expenses
  • Travel policy
  • Insurance and travel safety

2018 edition selected findings

  • A traveling employee travels nine times a year on average, and for 62% of the respondents, business trip frequency is between one and five times a year.
  • Business trips are reported to last 6 days on average, with an average minimum of two and a maximum of 28 days.
  • Business travelers are most likely to be between 35 and 55 years old and male rather than females who currently only represent a quarter of business travelers on average.
  • US, China, Germany, United Kingdom, and France are the five top countries employers send employees on business trip to.

Participate in the 2024 edition of this survey

Participation is open The 2024 cycle of the International Business Travelers Survey is underway. Complete the survey by 29 March 2024 and receive a free executive summary of the findings.

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