Our Business Travel Poll signals optimism returning

Our readers travel a lot. A total of 512 voted in the 2002 FinanceAsia Business Travel Poll, making it the definitive last word on Asian business travel.

FinanceAsia did not invent its business travel poll as a leading indicator, but then again as a forward-looking measure of sentiment it has some merit.

People tend to say they will travel more or less depending on their view of the business climate in the coming 12 months. Last year our poll pretty accurately forecast what a dreadful year 2002 would turn out to be. Indeed, 64% of respondents said they would travel less in 2002.

This year's travel poll received 512 votes, and 398 of those business travelers said they expected to travel more in 2003. So while only 36% thought they would travel more in 2002, a colossal 78% thought they would...

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