Road Warriors Want a Home on the Range


They may travel more miles in a year than a car does in its lifetime, but when it comes to amenities, most platinum-status business travelers are homebodies at heart, according to a new survey. They just want room to spread out, the ability to maintain a normal routine and opportunities to interact with business associates and fellow travelers. Road warriors are just looking for a home on the range.

In fact, the biggest obstacle to business travel is being away from home, according to a study of more than 500 business travelers sponsored by Homewood Suits by Hilton, a hotel company.

They miss their creature comforts, the survey found. Thirty-two percent of respondents said they missed their "normal routine" most, with kitchen coming in second at 25 percent, followed by living room at 22 percent.

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And they want to be comfortable. Almost two-thirds (63 percent) of respondents said a "large, comfortable room was the most valuable amenity. But they don't intend to get too comfortable; only a third of travelers unpack their suitcase when traveling for work.

But, overall, business travelers think it's all worthwhile. Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of respondents said they think travel for work is the most effective way to do business and one-third have made an important business connection while socializing at a hotel.

Value and location were the two most important factors in booking a hotel, the survey found.

"In 2012, the hotel industry has seen a rebound in business travel, but returning guests are now demanding more than just a fiscal value," said Christian Kuhn, marketing vice president for Homewood Suits by Hilton. "Less impressed by bells and whistles, they want amenities and services that deliver both comfort and productivity."

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