UK business travellers shun the sharing economy

ByTravelling For Business

September 27, 2016
Sharing economy

More than two-thirds of UK business travellers shun the sharing economy (even when companies encourage it).

Fewer than one in three UK business travellers use a sharing economy service when travelling for work, despite nearly half of businesses having a policy in place allowing them to do so.

New research from Egencia, the business travel arm of Expedia, has revealed that 41 per cent of UK companies allow their employees to use sharing economy services, with 13 per cent even encouraging employees to use services like Airbnb, HomeAway, Lyft and Uber.

Motivations for choosing the sharing economy experience stems from a desire for more comfort, convenience and culture. Of the travellers who do use those services, over half cite experiencing a local culture and meeting new people as a reason for using them, whilst 49 per cent say it’s for comfort and 40 per cent for location.

The survey of more than 6000 business travellers showed that 29 per cent of business travellers around the world have chosen the sharing economy option, with travellers in the US and China leading the way.