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An increasing number of professionals in India are extending their business trips for leisure, blurring the line between the two, a new study has showed. Bleisure, the blend of business and leisure travel — is rising in popularity, with a growing uptake among urban Indians in particular, FCM Travel Solutions, a subsidiary of Australia’s Flight Centre Travel Group, said in a report based on a global survey.

Bleisure travel has recently become an unconventional employee perk in India with 65.5% of respondents saying that their employer allowed them to add leisure onto business trips, the report said in a chapter titled ‘Bleisure Report, India’.

While Bleisure becomes a mainstream trend in the rest of the world, 27.6% of the Indian respondents, the highest among the countries surveyed, said their companies do not permit combining personal travel with business trips.

According to the report, 14% of business travellers on an average take more than 21 business trips a year. Professionals who are around 35 years old are experiencing a more relaxed work-lifestyle, similar to the likes of 25-year-olds, the report said, terming the trend as ‘35 is the new 25’.

As much as 22% of respondents prefer to travel on their own while on work visits. Half the female respondents have traveled on their own as compared to 16% male respondents.


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