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AirPlus Releases Its Fifth Annual Travel Management Study

Alexandria, VA, 10/20/2009

Global Study Highlights Corporate Travel Cost Cutting Measures –
Managers Predict Less Travel and Continuation of Stricter Travel Policies

AirPlus International, Inc. today releases its fifth annual Travel Management Study, a comprehensive and global study which surveys 1,500 travel managers in total from 15 countries. This year’s study highlights the worldwide importance of cost-cutting measures in travel programs across the board with more respondents expecting the number of trips to fall for the first time in the Study’s history. Furthermore, the attitudes and heightened importance of today’s travel manager are explored and evaluated. Travel managers want more time, flexibility and a heightened status as their role’s importance for finding cost savings increases. Download a complimentary copy of the study at www.airplus.com.

“This year’s AirPlus International Travel Management Study, is an important annual industry benchmark that sheds light on the impact of today’s demanding economic conditions on trends. All sectors of the travel business are impacted and the survey results show a dramatic decline in expected growth and attitude year-over-year,” said Richard Crum, President of AirPlus International, Inc. “At AirPlus, our strength is in helping travel managers use their data to realize cost-savings in their travel.”

More than half (58%) of the global study respondents expect their travel policies to become more restrictive and even more of them (70%) are implementing stricter policies to enforce it. Expectations for meetings are also on the decline and the expectation for trips overall has one-third of those surveyed expecting a decrease.

Note: The 20-page report includes global figures, to which individual country figures are not entirely included. For full results and US figures, please contact Rana Walker at rwalker@airplus.com directly.

AirPlus International provides savings to over 32,000 customers worldwide through a suite of business travel payment solutions which include central bill accounts, corporate cards and online management tools. AirPlus is travel agency neutral, the leading issuer of UATP worldwide and the preferred partner of various airlines such as Air China, British Airways (NYSE:BAB), Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL), Luxair, Lufthansa German Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Portugal and Singapore Airlines. For more information, please visit www.airplus.com, contribute to our community at www.airpluscommunity.com, follow us at www.twitter.com/AirPlus, and become a fan at www.facebook.com/airplusinternational.

Please visit www.airplus.com for further information, or contact Rana Walker, Marketing and Communication Manager at rwalker@airplus.com or +1 (703) 373-0947.
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