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Research reveals Singapore business travelers are less health-conscious during trips

Author: Theodore Koumelis / Date: Wed, 09/18/2019 - 14:55
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Since 2017, maintaining health and wellness routines while on the road has become an increasing priority for travelers. Across all regions, business travelers are striving to achieve their health and wellness routines regardless of where they are in the world.

Singapore - Research by CWT, the B2B4E travel management platform, shows that while the awareness of healthy eating is gaining momentum amongst business travelers around the world, those from Singapore are struggling to sustain these habits while on the road. According to the survey, 42% of business travelers from Singapore eat less healthy, compared to the 27% average in Asia Pacific.

The research also suggests that Singapore business travelers do not make as much of an effort as their counterparts in other Asia Pacific countries when it comes to maintaining health and wellness routines. Only 35% of Singaporeans surveyed said they work hard to follow their routines when traveling, compared with the Asia Pacific average of 52%. Nearly half (48%) said they try, but find it challenging. 

The health and wellness amenities most commonly used by Singapore business travelers include hotel gyms (59%) and swimming pools (39%), and therapeutic massages at the spa (37%).

“Sticking to your regular routine on business trips can be challenging for various reasons, such as limited options or tight schedules,” said Bindu Bhatia, CWT’s Managing Director, Asia Pacific. “You’re focused on your work and trying to make the most of your trip, so you don’t have time to search for a gym or affordable healthy eating options if they’re not easily accessible. By creating travel policies that factor these things in, such as allowing travelers to stay at hotels with fitness facilities and ensuring their meal allowance is enough to cover healthy food choices, companies can create a much better travel experience for their employees.”

Asia Pacific Travelers appear more health-conscious than global counterparts 

Among regions, travelers in Asia Pacific are likely to work out more (33%) while abroad, compared to travelers in Americas (23%) and Europe (21%). Healthy eating as a core component of healthy living is also on the rise – Asia Pacific travelers are the most likely to eat healthier when traveling for business (46%) compared to travelers in Americas (35%) and Europe (29%). 

CWT’s research also shows that younger business travelers are more health-conscious abroad. In Asia Pacific, 61% of millennials work hard to adhere to health and wellness routines, compared to 54% of Gen X and 41% of Baby Boomers. Millennials also eat healthier on trips (56%) compared to Generation X (49%) and Baby Boomers (34%).

“Maintaining healthy habits while traveling is nearing the top of the priority list for travelers around the world,” said Niklas Andréen, CWT’s Chief Traveler Experience Officer. “At the end of the day, being in tune with what matters to your employees is indispensable for retaining and attracting the best talent.”

Since 2017, maintaining health and wellness routines while on the road has become an increasing priority for travelers. Across all regions, business travelers are striving to achieve their health and wellness routines regardless of where they are in the world.

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Theodore Koumelis

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Theodore is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of TravelDailyNews Media Network; his responsibilities include business development and planning for TravelDailyNews long-term opportunities.