U.S. companies spent an estimated $292.2 billion last year on an increased number of business trips. And they are forecast to spend over $310 billion — 6.2% more — in 2015. "We're at a really solid point in the economic recovery right now, so businesses are feeling comfortable sending their business travelers on the road,'' says Joe Bates, GBTA's vice president of research. "In some cases we're seeing businesses start to relax their travel policies a little bit, allowing travelers to have premium economy seating, spending those extra dollars for that higher level of comfort.'' Even as economies throughout Europe and Asia were struggling, U.S. businesses increased their trips abroad by 6% in 2014 compared with the previous year. And in 2015, the amount spent on business trips to destinations outside of the U.S. is expected to rise 7.9% compared with last year. Get the full story at USA Today and GBT