While healthy and positive, this figure is a slight drop on previous years. In 2014, 37 per cent of budgets rose and in 2012 and 2011 39 per cent of buyers had more money to spend. Almost half - 45 per cent - of buyers expect to manage more trips this year. This compares to 48 per cent in 2014. Half (47 per cent) of buyers expect their overall costs to rise. 179 travel buyers took part in the Business Travel Show survey - 73 per cent from the UK and 27 per cent from continental Europe. The full Corporate Travel Industry Trend Report featuring analysis going back to 2008 will be available to all buyers who pre-register for the show, which takes place 25-26 February 2015 at Olympia Grand in London. Airline Spend In 2014, 36 per cent of buyers enjoyed bigger airline budgets and a further third predict airline budgets will increase again for 2015. - Nine per cent of buyers don’t currently – or have plans to – use low cost carriers. 26 per cent plan to increase their usage in 2015. - 38 per cent of buyers bought fewer business class seats in 2014 and 23 per cent will only provide business class travel for flights over eight hours. Accommodation Spend Almost one third (31 per cent) of buyers had more to spend on accommodation in 2014. - All buyers use budget hotels, though for 82 per cent they account for less than 50 per cent of the room nights they book. 12 per cent of buyers used budget accommodation more or significantly more in 2014. - Serviced apartments account for less than 10 per cent of room nights for 84 per cent of buyers though 12 per cent of buyers did increase their use of apartments in 2014. Martin Searle, senior category manager – travel services, Xchanging, confirmed: “Minimising cost increases in an apparently recovering economy remains a huge challenge for business travel buyers in 2015.” Related Link: Business Travel Show