New research has revealed that staying in touch with friends and family via the internet is the top priority for Australian business travellers.
A new study, conducted by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), has revealed that 45 percent of Australian business travellers listed a lack of internet connection to contact people at home as the greatest dissatisfaction when on the road.
39 percent of Australians highlighted difficulty with transport links as the most stressful situation.
The study also revealed that 78 percent of Australians check in with their partner at least once per day when away on business.
15 percent of Australian respondents said they would refuse to travel alone or for work at all if they had no way of contacting friends and family back home.
85 percent of Australian travellers agree that a free internet connection, in order to maintain contact with people back home, would make them happier when away on business.
“Online connectivity via the likes of Skype, Facebook, or Twitter can reunite us with our kids, partner or friends, and make us feel happy and in control, reassuring us both practically and emotionally that we are not alone,” Australian psychologist, Jacqui Manning said.
“We understand how important it is for our guests to be able to stay in touch whilst travelling,” IHG chief executive Richard Solomons said.
“That’s why, alongside great existing benefits such as points that never expire, we have introduced free internet for our members as part of IHG Rewards Club.”