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Gender gap still wide in business travel

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Half the number of women compared to men travel for business but this looks set to change in a decade.

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(CNN) -- Men travel for their work twice the weekly distance of women, but the imbalance looks set to change, according to a British study of business travelers.

The Barclaycard Business Travel Survey found men travel 662 miles (1,065 kilometers) on average each week, compared with women, who travel almost half that amount at 335 miles (539 kilometers).

Women also spend fewer days per week (2.2 days for women compared with 2.5 days for men) and fewer nights a month (3.8 nights for women compared with 4.3 nights for men) away on business.

The figure for women was partly explained by the low proportion of female managers in the UK, which is about 30 percent.

Tim Carlier of Barclaycard Business said in the early 1990s, women accounted for just 12 percent of managers.

But the survey forecasts that as the gender gap continues to close, women are likely to spend more time away on business and will soon clock up equal miles to their male counterparts.

"This change represents a real opportunity for the business travel industry to move with the times and develop their services," Carlier said.

"As women continue to break 'the glass ceiling', business travel providers across the board must be prepared to address their different requirements."

Women are less likely to travel by car or first class rail and air than men, the survey of 2,500 adults showed.

According to the survey, 32 percent of women said they would travel on rail services more often if train interiors were cleaner and tidier.

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