Hyatt Polls Business Travelers, Enlists Bill Rancic

A survey conducted on behalf of Hyatt Place and Hyatt House found that 77% of U.S. business travelers believe being on the road has taught them skills they can use when facing challenges in their personal life.

That number is even higher in China (88%) and India (90%).

The brands teamed with entrepreneur, restaurateur and best-selling author Bill Rancic for a launch event to announce the survey results alongside the winners of #WhySettle Spirit Awards last week in Chicago.

The Business Traveler Survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll and consisted of more than 1,300 adults across the United States, China and India who have traveled for business in the last 12 months (international business travelers). The aim was to gain a greater understanding of how business travel can deliver both personal and professional growth on the road. 



The #WhySettle Spirit Awards honored hard-working individuals who never settle when it comes to work or supporting the ones they love, and this year’s categories were tailored to three distinct personas that embody the “why settle” spirit through relentless drive and ambition.

“Both Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels are designed to meet the needs of business travelers and we conducted a survey to further understand the business traveler psyche and how these go-getters think, act and feel while on the road,” said Steven Dominguez, vice president of global brands, Hyatt Place and Hyatt House, in a release.

The study also revealed that 77% of U.S. business travelers believe business travel has helped them to communicate more successfully with different types of people, and that percentage is even greater in China (88% percent) and India (95%).

Sixty-eight percent of U.S. business travelers say business travel has inclined them to be more empathic towards others, and this number increases in China (88%) and India (90%).

Among those motivated international business travelers, more are driven by creating a better life for their families (48%) than receiving praise or recognition at work (33%).

Fifty-nine percent of international business travelers identify themselves as someone who sees obstacles not as challenges but as opportunities to grow. And 92% of employed U.S. business travelers are motivated to advance their career and the percentage is even higher in China (96%) and India (96%). 

The survey reveals their habits (consisting of adults in the U.S., China and India), including 22% of business travelers think wearing pajamas on conference calls is a major benefit of taking business trips that require hotel stays.

Finally, 27% of business travelers admit they binge-watch shows that they haven’t been able to watch at home while traveling. And 26% of international business travelers indulge by having a stiff drink at the bar while traveling. 

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