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A survey commissioned by video conferencing firm Polycom has suggested many business travellers are doubting the value of their trips away.
Independent research company Coleman Parkes carried out the study of 400 senior business executives who travel frequently for business reasons.
One third of respondents (33%) admitted they question whether the business gets the “best value” from their travel, and that many meetings they attend could be conducted by video conferencing.
Half of all the short-haul domestic flights taken by those polled were for regular meetings.
More than a third (37%) said they can see short haul flights become a “thing of the past” as video conferencing is used more.
However, 61% of the executives said they do not want to travel less by plane in 2011 than in 2010, compared to just 21% who said they would prefer to fly less this year.
Some 33% also said that many meetings they attend could be conducted by video conference, with nearly half (45%) believing video conferencing could save the company money.
The majority (82%) use video conferencing already, while 14% are considering installing a system. Just 4% of respondents said video conferencing is not something they had considered.