The Egencia/Expedia Mobile Behavior Mobile Index survey has highlighted that India leads in checking in with work followed with 80 per cent, followed by Thailand (74 per cent) and Mexico (65 per cent).
Business travellers use mobile devices to remain connected to their home office. Mobile devices are the top resource for navigation, for photo-taking and staying connected. The three countries that place the highest premium on mobile devices as a travel companion are China, where 94 per cent of respondents ranked it 1st , Taiwan (94 per cent) and Thailand (91 per cent).
“In India, constant connectivity is a priority when mobile devices are carried in hand from work to home and now on vacation too. When we are more efficient and productive using mobile devices and apps that provide a seamless experience, the quality of our vacation is improved and the work-life balance can be prioritised,” said Amit Arora, country director of Egencia India.
Manmeet Ahluwalia, marketing head, Expedia India, said, “The dependency on smartphone and gadgets have increased over a span of time and it is very well reflected in traveller behavior. According to our report, 56 per cent Indian travellers are addicted to their mobile devices, while 36 per cent Indians carry battery backup when travelling. We understand the importance of being present on a mobile platform and were one of the first OTAs in India to launch a booking app, which now also facilitates travel at various check points of the journey. No wonder Indians rank number one globally in considering mobile device an important travel companion.”
The survey also revealed that 82 per cent Indian travellers consider smartphones the most essential, 74 per cent seek free Wi-Fi in restaurants, out of which, 46 per cent seek free Wi-Fi during business trips.