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Survey: Business travelers are fairly sociable on the road

Do any of your colleagues ever moan about the loneliness of life on the road? According to the results of a new survey from Four Points by Sheraton, most road warriors aren’t exactly lonely when they’re away from home — in fact, they tend to be downright gregarious.

The poll of 6,000 business travelers worldwide found that when they are in their hotel, they don’t just stay in their rooms — except to sleep. The most common in-hotel activity, cited by 42.9 percent of the survey respondents, was spending time in the hotel bar or restaurant with colleagues or business partners.

Other common activities in the hotel included using the fitness room (38.9 percent) or the spa (37.5 percent), and shopping (34.1 percent).

The survey also found that the road is a great place to make new business contacts. Almost two-thirds of those polled (64.4 percent) said they had stayed in touch with someone they met on a flight or while staying at a hotel; only 35.5 percent said they had not.

Although business travelers like to party with colleagues at a destination, they’re not so crazy about actually traveling with them. More than three out of five respondents to the poll said they would prefer not to be on the same flight as a colleague.

“Business travelers have a real need to connect on the road — both virtually and in person,” said Starwood Hotels senior vp Brian McGuinness. “Our survey results reveal that road warriors are social, preferring to network or to relax in the company of colleagues rather than just enjoying solitary pursuits.”

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