"Our general outlook for Indian business travel spending remains very positive and has even improved slightly since our previous outlook," issued about six months ago, the report noted. In July, GBTA had estimated that business travel spend growth from the second quarter of 2015 to the second quarter of 2016 would come in at 10.2 percent. Now that those numbers are final, GBTA has found that business travel spend grew 10.9 percent during that period. GBTA also has revised its growth estimate for international outbound business travel in 2016 from 3.1 percent to 5.4 percent. And the association projects faster growth this year. "The brightening prospects for increased trade activity, especially with the oil-rich [Middle East and North Africa] region, should help to push [international outbound business travel] spending forward by 9 percent in 2017," according to the report. GBTA expects domestic business travel spend, which it estimates represented 91.4 percent of India's total business travel spending in 2016, to increase 12 percent to $30.2 billion in 2016 and to reach $33.8 billion in 2017. Get the full story at Business Travel News