Study: Business travelers find alternatives to flying

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Chicago--One in four business travelers has reduced air travel since Sept. 11, opting for alternatives to flying, according to a national survey conducted by data network company WorldCom Inc.

The study, called "Meetings in America IV: The New Road Warrior," found that 55% of business travelers that have reduced travel have adopted audio, video or Web conferencing as a means to conduct business, and 62% expect to conference more in the future.

The primary reason cited for reduced business travel was cutbacks in company travel budgets (40%), followed by personal safety concerns (30%) and airport security delays (21%).

Some of the services being used to conduct meetings are video conferencing, connecting to the company's virtual private network, and using the Internet to collaborate, the survey found.

While 73% of respondents said they were cautiously optimistic the economy would bounce back this year, 35% said they do not expect their corporate travel budgets to bounce back.

--Kate Maddox

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