Today’s business travelers expect to slip seamlessly between cities, countries and even continents. But what are the absolute essentials without which business on the move would completely collapse? We’ve been searching for the most important items for the business traveler, and we’ve come up with the following five.
1. Wi-Fi In every piece of research we have commissioned or read, easy access to the Internet comes top of the business traveler’s list. Indeed, quality of Internet access and ease of using it is becoming the key one factor that determines which hotel these travelers stay in – and even which airport they fly from – on business.
2. A quiet space to work in The internet may be high-tech, but the second most important item for business travelers is as old as travel itself: a quiet chair and table to work. According to research businessmen and women value lounge space so highly that they would even be prepared to pay for it themselves. The United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs also found that 36 per cent of people from Generations X and Y say they prefer to work in the lounge, rather than in a private room, as opposed to just 17 per cent of older people.
3. Something to drink We all work better when we’re hydrated, especially when we’re on the move and hopping in and out of planes, trains and automobiles. But a growing number of us have also come to depend on a ready source of hot drinks – coffee and tea – to keep us going through the day. So it’s hardly a surprise that knowing where they can find a decent café comes high up on so many business travellers’ lists.
4. A printer that works Even in our increasingly paper-free world, there comes a time when we all ‘need a hard copy’ of whatever it is we’re working on. A PDF just doesn’t have the same magic as a beautiful piece of paper. And it’s an awful lot harder to sign. So every business traveler needs a place to print things out – confidentially.
5. A private place: It’s amazing how much you can achieve in the ‘third space’ when you’re travelling on business. Even so, there are still times when we need somewhere discreet to talk. Travelers cite price negotiations, feedback sessions and even presentations as stages that can only be properly handled in private.
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