Travel budgets of Asian corporates continue to increase

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

business travelA new research from industry analysts East & Partners Asia (E&P Asia) finds out that Chinese and Indian corporates continue to increase their travel budgets. While travel and entertainment expenditure of the Top 1000 corporates from 10 Asian markets has gone from US$1.52 billion to US$1.62 billion over 2015, China’s Top 100 have increased spending by 20 percent over the year, from US$139.6 to US$165.56 million per corporate on average.

India is Asia’s other growth story, and India’s Top 100 have increased their average expenditure from a mean of US$102.3 million to US$118.3 million over 2015.

Singapore and Hong Kong corporates continue to have the largest T&E budgets, but growth is flat.

The Asia Corporate T&E report is the result of interviews with CFOs and Corporate Treasurers at Asia’s Top 1000 corporates by revenue in 10 markets (ex Japan) conducted every quarter.

The report details current and forecast spending levels, the split between intra-regional and domestic channel, booking channels and market share and satisfaction levels with major hotel providers and airlines in the region.

The research also shows that China and India are likely to remain the strongest T&E growth markets into 2016.

Seven in ten Chinese corporates say their expenditure will increase, and by an average of 7.6 percent, while 65 percent of Indian corporates are forecasting an increase of 7.7 percent, the biggest increase forecast in any of the ten markets.

Barely one third of corporates in Hong Kong and Singapore are forecasting an increase in their T&E spend.

“Chinese corporates also show a different pattern in their spending,” said Paul Dowling, principal analyst with E&P Asia.

“They are more focused on intra-regional travel than their Asian peers, and this now represents 51.6 percent of their travel spend – the highest of the ten markets.

“Chinese corporates also have the highest spending on domestic travel, which represents 22.9 percent of the T&E spend.”

Dowling also said it was notable that Chinese corporates reported the lowest level of T&E budget stress, with corporates in Hong Kong reporting the highest, along with Singapore.

“The consistent picture emerges of Chinese corporates being willing and able to increase T&E budgets in order to grow their businesses, not just domestically but also in the region,” he said.

Spending and sentiment of the Top 100 corporates in each market

  T&E Budget (million) % Change 2015 % Forecast 2016 increase Average % increase
China 165.5 20.0 70.2 7.2
Hong Kong 249.5 2.0 31.6 4.2

Source: East & Partners Asia ‘Asia Corporate T&E Market Report’

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