Business travel takes a backseat to web conferencing

Wednesday, June 23 2010

For many businesses, travel costs are one of the biggest expenses. One Vancouver business owner says that since switching to web conferencing, his costs have plummeted, the Vancouver Sun reports.

According to the paper, Bizlaunch - and entrepreneurial training firm - used to have its roughly 40 employees traveling all across the continent giving training sessions. Since the web conferencing switch, he says his training costs have dropped by 75 percent.

"We used to give seminars across North America. Now we give webinars. It's a lot more convenient and can be delivered any time," Roger Pierce, co-founder of the company, told the paper.

Pierce also told the Sun that he has expanded his company's use of the technology, and also uses it to find new clients and communicate with other employees who are out of the office.

The cost of commercial air travel continues to rise with the hotter summer months. Airline consultant Michael Boyd told the Charlotte Observer that he anticipates airfares to rise between 4 and 8 percent in the U.S. - in addition to any checked bag fees or other surcharges that airlines may introduce.ADNFCR-3295-ID-19855198-ADNFCR