Business Travel Isn’t Going Anywhere

Austin travel agents have noted an increase in business travel. Juan Portillo, president of Tramex Travel, said he has seen travel increase about 20 percent, while Marina Byrum, director of operations for Sunbelt Travel, said her business travel bookings have increased about 10 percent.

Both companies do a majority of their work in business travel. Byrum’s firm handles travel for such companies as Lockheed, Pharmaco, GSD&M and 3M. Tramex Travel works with The Continuum, Texaco Chemical Co., Schlumberger Austin Systems Center and many mid-size companies, he said.

Portillo said he did a survey of the