'I don’t want to sleep with anyone from my office', said Monteiro, 53, about the prospect of having a male co-worker as a seatmate on an overnight flight. 'I’m very upfront about it. It’s awkward'.
Bloomberg News reports that as more women travel for business, companies from hotels to planemakers are making their offerings more female-friendly. When female corporate travellers order a late-night in-room meal at Hyatt Hotels, the chain tries to make sure it’s a woman delivering the food. Embraer is highlighting privacy and aesthetics as it pitches its corporate jets to more female executives, and Boeing is designing its planes to give all business travellers more seclusion.
Women were the fastest-growing segment among business travellers in the U.S., according to a 2011 report by Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. In 2010, women accounted for almost half of all business travellers, up from 43% in 2003 and about 25% in 1991.
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