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by Loren G. Edelstein | May 19, 2010

A poll of 1,207 business travelers in the United States, China, Germany and the United Kingdom suggests confidence is increasing in business conditions, particularly in China. The study, conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion and commissioned by Marriott Hotels & Resorts, examined trends in the economy, business travel, career and personal goals, and generational and cultural differences. About one in five respondents from the U.S., U.K. and Germany predict more business travel next year, while 63 percent of business travelers in China expect to travel more frequently. "The findings mirror indications of the economic recovery in our hotels across the globe, where we are seeing improvement in corporate travel, reflecting pent-up demand after two years of cutbacks," said Don Semmler, executive vice president, global full-service brands, for Marriott International. The results also indicate a pent-up demand for job changes: When the economy improves, 40 percent of those polled in the U.S. and Germany and 50 percent in the U.K. said they will look for new jobs. For a more extensive summary of findings, go here.