The COVID-19 pandemic has crushed the business travel industry, shattering trade shows, hotels, airlines and other services. As video chatting became widespread, the loss of the industry was Zoom’s profit.

But now the restrictions are being lifted. As a result, business travel is returning.

Travel management company TripActions says business travel bookings are for the first quarter of this year exceeded all bookings for the entire previous year.

Not surprisingly, the “return” of business travel is actually less of a return and more like a new world of trends.

For example, TripActions says more than a third of business travelers already book longer leisure trips, combining business with leisure. Some business trips will be weekdays. Other trips will be remote workers visiting the office.

Despite the changes, some companies are still sending employees and managers on good old business trips.

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