TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY

Major Organisations to Travel Less and Accelerate Digital Transformation Ahead of Other Investments

Financial Standard | November 30, 2020

The leaders of significant associations will travel less and accelerate digital change in front of different investments thanks to the way COVID-19 has disrupted operations, a Westpac survey found.

More than 110 chief executives canvassed in Westpac's Asia Pacific CEO review hope to scale back their business travel plans substantially in the future.

The research, made conjunction with The Economist Intelligence Unit, discovered almost two-thirds (64%) of chief executives in the Asia Pacific driving the financial services, real estate and consumer goods sectors are reconsidering about the way they visit offshore operations as technology has made it possible to communicate more efficiently.

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RoomRaccoon - The World's Number One Hotel Management System Now Available Across United States

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