What impact have the sanctions had on business travel trends and statistics?

Despite the unprecedented sanctions faced by Russian businesses, as well as restrictions in the aviation and hospitality industries, domestic companies have not begun to travel less on business trips. On the contrary, there were more trips. This is evidenced by the analytical data of the digital platform for organizing business trips and managing expenses Raketa, which were shared by the company's experts.

According to the statistics of Rocket, the number of business trips of Russian companies in March 2022 remained at the level of February 2022. In compared to March 2021, the number of trips (in March 2022) increased by 37.5%. In general, in January-March 2022, company employees went on business trips more often by 52% than a year ago.

The most popular destinations for business trips in the first quarter of this year were:

– Moscow;

– St. Petersburg;

– Krasnodar;

– Nur-Sultan;

– Samara;

– Tashkent;

– Stavropol;

– Saransk;

– Nizhny Novgorod;

– Rostov-on-Don.

< strong>How have sanctions affected air ticket sales?

Significant changes in the aviation industry over the past month have made adjustments to ticket sales among business travelers. Compared to February 2022, March of this year has dipped by 55%. However, by March 2021, March 2022 showed a slight increase of 2%.

It is worth noting that this year in January there was a significant increase in sales of air tickets for business trips (compared to January 2021) – by 122%. In February 2022, ticket purchases increased by 78% compared to the same period in 2021. In general, the first quarter of this year showed an increase in ticket sales among business travelers by 54% (compared to the same period in 2021).

Most business travelers now fly to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Khabarovsk, Yekaterinburg, Sochi, Irkutsk, Kazan and Krasnoyarsk.

On a business trip by train

It is also not uncommon for business travelers to choose trains for their business trips. The largest increase in sales was received by tickets in the “Seated” class. Here, the high-speed trains Sapsan, Swift, Lastochka hold the palm. In January-March 2022, the sales of tickets of this class increased by 229% (compared to the first quarter of 2021).

At the same time, sales of “coupe” tickets decreased by 12%, “CB” – increased by 86% (for the same comparative period).

In general, in January-March 2022, rail ticket sales for business trips increased by 14% (compared to the same period in 2021). At the same time, the lowest increase in sales for the first quarter of 2022 was observed in March – 2%.

Where do business travelers most often go by train? The top 10 cities in January-March 2022 included:

– Moscow;

– St. Petersburg;

– Khabarovsk;

– Ryazan;

– Novosibirsk;

– Yaroslavl;

– Rostov-on-Don;

– Nizhny Novgorod;

– Komsomolsk-on-Amur;

– Tynda.

Any problems booking hotels after leaving Booking.com?

In March 2022, business travelers booked hotels 4% less than in March 2021. According to experts of the digital platform, the decrease in the number of reservations is not associated with the departure of the booking.com consolidator and some other Western analogues from the Russian market. In Russia as a whole and on the Raketa platform itself, there are domestic hotel aggregators that fully replace the offers of departed “foreigners”.

Rocket analysts believe that the hotel booking curve will level off in the near future. Moreover, in January-February 2022, the growth of reservations amounted to 33% (compared to the same period in 2021) – in general, there is a positive trend.

The most popular cities among business tourists in terms of bookings Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Khabarovsk, Voronezh, Kazan, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Krasnodar, Yekaterinburg and Tyumen became hotels.

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