China was the leading destination for business travel in the Asia-Pacific region in 2002, according to a survey by MasterCard International. Its poll of 5,500 people revealed that 21 per cent listed China as their top business destination, followed by the US with 20 per cent and Hong Kong with 12 per cent.
Australians were the biggest spenders, with 18 per cent of them saying they spent more than US$5,000 per trip, including air fares. Fourteen per cent of Chinese and Indian travellers were also in this category.
However, there was a generally downbeat assessment of future travel plans. A total of 31 per cent said they expected to make fewer business trips over the following six months, compared with 27 per cent who said they would make more trips.