Sabre's survey discloses that as economic growth continues to sweep across the region, more and more companies are expecting their corporate travel managers to contribute to their business success, asking them to look for door-to-door travel booking solutions, demanding expense integration and most importantly, to identify cost saving opportunities.

Almost 7 in 10 (65%) respondents admit they are asked to identify cost savings, and this cost-conscious approach is encouraging travel managers to find new ways to minimize spending. As travel-related expenses become a central consideration for companies, the survey also reveals that downgrades, shifting reservations from business to economy class, account for close to 40 percent of their bookings.