June 15, 2024

Joint study highlights hurdles to sustainable business travel

While half of travel bookers are encouraged by their companies to prioritise sustainability, 100% of procurement managers identify budget constraints as a major hurdle.

This is according to a six-month research initiative from arrangeMY and University College Birmingham (UCB) on sustainable business travel practices.

Collaborating closely with three postgraduate students specialising in aviation, tourism, and hospitality from UCB, the study sheds light on the priorities and challenges UK businesses are facing with sustainable business travel.

The online survey of arrangeMY’s UK-based clients was sent to ESG managers, procurement managers, travel bookers and travellers in January. A total of 30 respondents completed the survey.

Over half (55.6%) of ESG Managers stated being unaware of sustainable initiatives such as hospitality accreditations and two thirds (66.7%) of procurement managers indicated that their company does not have a policy that highlights the need to prioritise sustainable travel options.

Laura Dudley, Head of Account Management & Green Team Member at arrangeMY, said:”While it’s encouraging to see more organisations embracing sustainability, our data uncovers the ongoing journey towards making it a top priority. Educating travellers about the impact of their choices and integrating sustainability into travel policies are crucial steps in this direction.

“As a travel management company, arrangeMY recognises its pivotal role in driving sustainable practices. We are committed to driving our own carbon reduction agenda as well as supporting clients in crafting sustainable travel policies and creating sustainable hotel programmes, by prioritising properties with minimal carbon footprints and industry accreditations such as the Greengage and Green Meetings from Green Tourism.”

Alexander Roques, Student Project Lead, added: “Working alongside the esteemed team at arrangeMY has provided myself and the other students with invaluable insights into the stance of UK businesses on sustainability within the travel sector. Our findings offer actionable recommendations for the industry as it navigates the complexities of sustainable goals.”

Established in 1990, arrangeMY began as a hotel booking agent, BookOTel, and subsequently evolved into a full-service TMC.

Headquartered in Worcestershire, it has a dedicated team of over 85 professionals.