Business travel is a crucial element in the internationalization of companies, and taxis are one of the most valuable resources available to any businessman, especially at a time as difficult as the present due to the pandemic.
Business travel is essential for economic recovery
Business travel, so normalised until recently, has been particularly affected by Covid-19, falling by up to 95% in the first months of the pandemic. Despite the partial recovery since deconfinement, it is estimated that it will still take 2 or 3 years to return to pre-Covid levels.
The importance of these trips lies in the fact that they are one of the biggest drivers of the economy. According to studies by Oxford Economics and GEBTA, for every euro invested in corporate travel, companies obtain 10 euros in terms of exports. By 2019, exports have accounted for 35% of Spain’s GDP, which highlights their importance.
The taxi is a common factor in the 5 keys of the business traveller
Considering the importance of corporate travel, we must talk about the 5 most important aspects for any traveller who is going to do business in another city or country, and in which we can see how the taxi is a key element in all of them, adding value to the recovery of VAT on transport carried out in this way.
- Time is money
You travel to achieve a specific goal. Every hour or day that is extended means more expenses in hotels, meals and transportation. That’s why travellers always prefer direct flights and the trip is planned to be as efficient as possible. Having a taxi to take you directly to your destination, without detours or waiting, is a valuable solution.
- Mobility is vital
Travel should not be a source of problems on the journey, but a tool at your disposal. Public transport is a cheap and accessible option, but it is not practical as you depend on established schedules and routes, which in many cases are confusing for those who are not used to them. The taxi, on the other hand, is accessible from your mobile phone through an app, avoiding waiting times and ensuring that you arrive at your destination without getting lost along the way.
- Above all, comfort
Concentration is key to the success of the trip, that means eliminating any situation that could be a distraction or discomfort. Being away from home in a foreign country or city is a source of enough stress to add further complications. Having the advice of locals is a useful tool to facilitate your stay, such as hotel receptionists to find out where to eat or taxi drivers to take you to your destination.
- Prevention and flexibility
As with any trip, previous planning is essential, having a clear agenda saves a lot of headaches. However, no matter how well you plan something, it can always go wrong, and the ability to react becomes essential to ensure the success of the trip. If the taxi is established as a means of transport in the planning, it will be possible to react to situations such as a change of the meeting place, or incidents that temporarily paralyse public transport.
- Safety first
Health and prevention is undoubtedly the highest priority today. Public transport poses a greater risk than individual transport such as taxis, where disinfection is easier, the time of use is shorter and space is not shared with so many people.
In short, taxi drives are a valuable tool for corporate travellers to focus on meeting their objectives, and consequently generate increased business for their respective companies.