It's a rare business traveller who wouldn't like to take an extra day in a new or favourite city to make the most of their time on the road, or to stop over on the way home for a bit of R&R.
But Australian corporate travel and expense management specialists FCm -- part of the Flight Centre operation -- reckons that business travellers are becoming "business tourists", even during the work-related part of their journey, and demand the same amenities from hotels as upscale vacationers.
"They want rooms that have high-speed internet connectivity capable of supporting their personal devices" says FCm’s corporate travel expert, Joe McCormack. "They want to be able to listen to their iPod through a docking station, watch Foxtel, download a movie or TV series or exercise in well equipped gyms while they travel."
"Because of this, hotels are starting to focus more on creating a 'home-away-from-home' for corporate guests, where they can more easily blend business with leisure, and access the same high-quality information and communication technology, as they would at home."
At Australian Business Traveller we hear a similar story on the increasing importance of tech from our readers, both in the comment threads on our articles and in Twitter discussions.
Hotels that get the Internet provision in particular right become trusted favourites, and word spreads like wildfire over social media or the watercooler.
It's also about not stepping down too far from what you enjoy on your business trips, to when it's time for some downtime.
What's your favourite hotel amenity when you're travelling on business which you're loathe to lose on holidays? Which hotels are the ones you keep returning to time and time again, both for work and play?
About John Walton
Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.