Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A business traveler on her smartphone at New York’s LaGuardia
Airport.
(Photo: Matthew Hurst/Flickr)By Dan PeltierCredit cards and cash
aren’t disappearing anytime soon but Latin American business travelers
in Brazil and Mexico appear keener to bid them farewell for digital payments
than their counterparts in other regions, including the U.
S.
In a Global Business Travel Association and American Express survey, 36% of
both Brazilian and Mexican business traveler respondents indicated
they’re likely to use mobile, cashless wallets where credit card
information is stored on a smartphone.
More than 3,800 business travelers from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany,
Japan, Mexico, the U.
K.
and the U.
S.
who took four or more business trips between March 2014 and April 2015,
participated in the survey.
Related: How to Save Big Money on Business Travel Some 17% of U.
S.
business traveler respondents said they’d use mobile wallets, less
than half the percentage of Brazilian and Mexican respondents but still
encouraging.
The global average is 22% for respondents who said they’d use them.
Given mobile wallets are still a novelty, with Apple Pay’s release
only last October and Google Wallet in 2011, the percentage of business
travelers willing to adopt these payment methods early on is promising.
Mobile wallets eliminate the need to carry cash or physical credit cards to
make payments and the rollout of mobile payment technologies have spearheaded
the conversation on the future of transactions.
Several brands, including Marriott International, have been quick to make
these payment options available to travelers.
Source: GBTA and American ExpressRelated: How Tech is Changing the Way
Millennials Do Business Travel"Although we did not specifically ask why
business travelers are interested in the cashless wallet, I think it may be
due, in part, to the fact that payment options are much more limited in Mexico
and Brazil than in the U.
S.
, although business travelers are just as likely to have smartphones in all of
the countries," said Joseph Bates, a spokesperson for the association.
"Therefore, the business travelers in Mexico and Brazil are much more
interested in the cashless wallet as it solves for a challenge they experience
more than U.
S.
business travelers do.
"The Reason for U.
S.
Business Travelers’ Low Interest in New Tech Business travelers in
managed travel programs may find that their travel providers aren’t
keeping pace with technological changes such as the advent of digital wallets.
One third of 237 U.
S.
travel managers the association surveyed in a separate report earlier this
year said they find it challenging to keep up with new technology.
Only 39% of these travel managers believe business and technology are aligned
within their organization, leaving business travelers who value new tech at
the mercies of their companies’ or agencies’  willingness
to move forward.
Related: The Bizcation: The Ultimate Way to Enjoy Business Travel In the
survey of business travelers, 50% and 54% of Brazilian and Mexican
respondents, respectively, indicated social media improves their abilities to
meet with colleagues or business contacts when traveling for work, compared to
30% of U.
S.
respondents.
In-flight Wi-Fi was also more highly valued with this group as 87% of
Brazilian respondents and 90% of Mexican respondents said Wi-Fi is vital for
work productivity while traveling, versus 81% of American respondents who
share this sentiment.
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Digital wallets are great for business travel.
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The Reason for U.
S.
Business Travelers’ Low Interest in New Tech Business travelers in
managed travel programs may find that their travel providers aren’t
keeping pace with technological changes such as the advent of digital wallets.
One third of 237 U.
S.
travel managers the association surveyed in a separate report earlier this
year said they find it challenging to keep up with new technology.
Only 39% of these travel managers believe business and technology are aligned
within their organization, leaving business travelers who value new tech at
the mercies of their companies’ or agencies’  willingness
to move forward.
Related: The Bizcation: The Ultimate Way to Enjoy Business Travel In the
survey of business travelers, 50% and 54% of Brazilian and Mexican
respondents, respectively, indicated social media improves their abilities to
meet with colleagues or business contacts when traveling for work, compared to
30% of U.
S.
respondents.
In-flight Wi-Fi was also more highly valued with this group as 87% of
Brazilian respondents and 90% of Mexican respondents said Wi-Fi is vital for
work productivity while traveling, versus 81% of American respondents who
share this sentiment.
Source: GBTA and American ExpressWATCH: How to P*ss Off the Locals in
MexicoLet World traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
Hang out with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Check out our original adventure travel series A Broad Abroad.

Digital wallets are great for business travel.

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