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September 23, 2009

Business Travel Mishaps & Advice from Embassy Suites

Business travel Despite today's struggling economy, the frequency of business travel has remained steady for nearly half of all traveling professionals; those brand new to business travel need and deserve the chance to walk into that first off-site meeting with enough business savvy in their back pocket to boost their confidence and help them succeed. To assist these rookie road warriors, Embassy Suites Hotels recently announced the results of a nationwide survey that taps into the mindset and experiences of business travelers and offers words of wisdom to grads just entering the workforce.

Veterans have all the knowledge: Business travelers have the best grasp of the secrets to traveling successfully - they say that preparedness is the name of the game. Seven in 10 veterans advise rookies to always have cash handy for cabs, more than eight in 10 pack the night before departing and over half bring hard copies of important documents with them on the road (58 percent) or carry electronic copies on disks or flash drives (52 percent).

"For many college grads who have just landed that first job, being well-prepared for their first business trip is a great way to stand out," says Stuart Schultz, founder and CEO of Gradspot.comand author of The Guide to Life After College. "Having access to tried-and-true business travel tips, like those provided by Embassy Suiteson, can be the difference between a promotion and a disaster for college-kids-turned-business-professionals transitioning to the real world."

Experienced travelers still encounter rough times on the road:

  • Thirty-three percent have spilled food or drink on their clothes en route to a client meeting; consequently, over half of respondents recommend business travelers always pack an extra suit.
  • Nearly one in four (24 percent) have mispronounced a client's name or referred to a client by the wrong name; to deal with the situation at hand, 64 percent apologized profusely to the client while three percent turned bright red and ran away.
  • While only nine percent of respondents have overslept and missed a meeting or business function entirely, 41 percent suggest setting two alarms for the morning of an important meeting.

For more travel tips from RTM, click here.


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