Orbitz survey finds cost savings tops business travel priorities

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Chicago--Cost savings tops the list of priories for business travelers in 2004, according to a survey by Orbitz for Business, an online travel Web site.

The survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive, found that 50% of business travelers feel as obligated in 2004 as they were in 2003 to save their company money when traveling for business, and 30% feel more obligated this year to save money when traveling.

The survey also found that 35% of business travelers plan to use an online agency to book business travel in 2004, and 19% said they would use their company's in-house corporate travel agent. Only 8% said they would use leisure travel agents for their business travel needs.

For those travelers who use corporate travel agents, 36% said they frequently search online to see if they can find better deals than those offered by their corporate agent.

--Kate Maddox

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