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    Don’t kid us, we know it’s a ‘jolly’…

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    It’s official. Business trips are more fun than hard work, claims a report that will surprise no one.

    Researchers who carried out a detailed study found that, while many employees claim the trips are ‘all work and no play’, the opposite is often true. It also revealed that almost nine out of 10 workers who get the opportunity to travel with their jobs enjoy doing so. And six in 10 use the opportunity to expand their horizons and visit new places.

    The study also found those who travel with their jobs typically depart eight times a year.

    Nigel Scott, Business Development Director at Bristol Airport which commissioned the survey, said: “This research reflects the changes we’ve noticed on stay lengths for passengers travelling on business which supports the Bleisure concept of travel. Previously passengers would arrange business travel involving for one or two nights away.

    ”But increasingly we are seeing passengers selecting three or more nights stays, in some cases this allows passengers the opportunity of relaxing and enjoying time in and around the destination they are visiting.”

    It also emerged six in 10 treat foreign business trips more like a leisure break than a job, with more than half inviting family, friends or both along to make their excursion more enjoyable.

    Seizing the opportunity, British business travellers will enjoy drinks, nice meals out or even go sightseeing, visiting local theme or water parks to make the most of their professional jaunt.

    54 per cent will extend their time away by taking personal annual leave to reap the benefits of being sent abroad by their employer. And nearly half will take the opportunity to visit friends or relatives in their international destination.

    One quarter confessed to using an excuse to colleagues including that they have been stuck in meetings while abroad to get some free time to themselves. And 54 per cent have even used a business trip to visit a new, exotic location.

    The research, of 2,000 employees who have travelled internationally for work purposes, conducted via OnePoll.com, also found 83 per cent wished they could travel abroad for work more often. Six in 10 are in favour of sending staff away on international trips, with an equal number saying they believe it helps build character.

    More than two thirds agreed it gives employees a chance to get to grips with other cultures and allows them to build business relationships on a more personal level.

    Yet of those against the decision to fly employees around the world, 65 per cent said it’s too costly and one in four reckon staff can do the same job from their desk at home.

    Top 20 things to do on a business trip abroad to make it more fun:

    1. Relax over drinks
    2. Expensive meals
    3. Sightseeing
    4. Sample local delicacies
    5. Shopping
    6. Order room service
    7. Visit local bars/clubs
    8. Try a new experience like sailing, surfing, bungy jumping etc.
    9. Meet new people
    10. Visit somewhere for a day out like a theme or water park
    11. Meet up with friends
    12. Use the hotel pool
    13. Go to the beach
    14. Meet up with family
    15. Watch films
    16. Visit a spa
    17. Hire a car and drive to new sights
    18. Visit a vineyard/brewery
    19. Cycle adventure
    20. Music gig


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    Jade Burke

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