There are more executive women working in the United States than ever. That also means that there are more women in travel than ever before.
Roughly 40% of all business travelers are women.
While that number is increasing, still only 14% of CEOs globally are women. For women in travel, there is typically a greater focus on traveler security and safety during their corporate travel excursions.
What does that mean for corporate travel programs? How is data interpreted and how are corporate travel policies changing with the times?
Here are a few things to consider when taking your female business travelers into account when creating your travel policy:
Hotel vendorsMany hotels go above and beyond to provide a safe and secure environment for their guests - including women in travel. For example, The Hyatt hotel group offers some properties that have all-females floors for added security.
Flight optionsDid you know that Boeing planes feature lower overhead luggage bins for easier access? By keeping the female business traveler in mind when choosing your preferred vendors, you’re setting your business up to successfully retain the top talents you have hired.
Provide privacyWhen traveling with your fellow women executives or other female employees, it’s important to respect their privacy. Allow them the option of having an individual hotel room and self-selecting their own airline seat.
Work with a certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)Partner with businesses that knows a thing or two about accommodating a business woman’s requests. When women are economically empowered, they become engines of growth for their communities. Women's companies, like CorpTrav, can grow your markets and improve your current travel program. We can also provide businesses with quality services and products while meeting their requirements for supplier diversity.
The some companies have begun including inclusive, woman-friendly policies into their corporate travel programs. With the travel industry catering more to the needs of women in travel, they will be able to feel as included and respected as their male counterparts.
With over 65% of travel managers polled by Business Travel News identifying as female, it's no wonder that there has been a recent push to better accommodate the growing number of women corporate travelers.
Does your travel policy need an overhaul to make it friendlier towards your female employees? CorpTrav – woman-owned travel management company - can help.