Will Business Travel Come Back?

By Robert Palmer

As the world gradually returns to some semblance of normalcy, a key question in the minds of many is whether business travel will return to pre-pandemic levels. The effects of the coronavirus pandemic have been felt across all sectors, and it has had a major impact on business travel.

Businesses of all sizes have had to adjust to the new realities posed by COVID-19, and many have had to take drastic measures such as furloughs or outright layoffs in order to stay afloat. The travel industry has been hit particularly hard, as business trips and conferences have largely been put on hold for health and safety reasons.

The good news is that there are signs that business travel could make a comeback in 2021. Companies are starting to loosen their restrictions on employee travel, and virtual conferences and events are becoming more popular. This could lead to a gradual increase in business travel as people become more comfortable with the idea of travelling again.

At the same time, it is likely that many companies will continue to take a cautious approach when it comes to employee travel. Companies may opt for virtual meetings or smaller, local meetings instead of large conferences or long-distance trips. This could mean that business travel will not return to pre-pandemic levels anytime soon.

Overall, it is difficult to predict exactly how business travel will look in 2021 and beyond. While there is reason for optimism that it could make a comeback, there are also factors that suggest it may take longer than expected for companies to fully embrace travelling again.


It remains uncertain if business travel will come back in full force anytime soon due to safety concerns and cost-cutting measures taken by businesses as a result of the pandemic. Companies may opt for virtual meetings or smaller local meetings instead of large conferences or long distance trips which could mean that business travel may not reach pre-pandemic levels anytime soon.