Bill Gates predicts half of all business travel won’t return once COVID-19 is gone, report says

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Bill Gates: Companies will have a “very high threshold” for traveling to conduct in-person meetings.
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Microsoft founder Bill Gates predicts that half of all business travel won’t return after the coronavirus pandemic ends and that people will also work far less often from a physical company office, Business Insider reported. Gates made the remarks Tuesday at The New York Times DealBook conference, BI said.”My prediction would be that over 50% of business travel and over 30% of days in the office will go away,” Gates reportedly said, adding that from now on, businesses will have a “very high threshold” for traveling to conduct in-person meetings.

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Microsoft has already announced a permanent work-from-home policy for eligible employees, who can also choose from a hybrid model where they spend some days in the office. Twitter, Facebook and other tech companies have announced similar policies. The Microsoft founder didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.It’s also possible many tech conferences could stay in their online format, rather than hosting tens of thousands of people at a brick …

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