Faster and more convenient airplanes, a truly global economy and the growing importance of large conferences have all led to a recent surge in business-oriented international travel.
In fact, in terms of professional travel, 2011 exceeded most expectations, and 2012 looks even better.
According to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), 2011 saw increases in business-travel spending and trip volume. With data still coming in, GBTA predicts that 2012 will see business-travel spending rise nearly 5 percent.
"Although the economic recovery is still modest, we see business travel remaining healthy and growing at a steady rate that outpaces GDP growth," Michael McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO, said in a statement.
One factor contributing to the rise in business travel is the rapid spread of mobile communications technology. As people find better ways of staying in touch with the home office -- ways that reach beyond traditional voice-to-voice contact via mobile phones, it is easier for them to take extended and more frequent trips abroad.
One example of this trend is the growing use of online fax. Before the advent of this service, mobile professionals found it quite difficult to send and receive faxes while they were away from the office. However, with online fax -- also known as internet faxing -- workers on international trips can send and receive important documents from anywhere with an internet connection.
And with the continued explosive growth in mobile apps, mobile professionals who use an online fax service like eFax -- which offers a mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices -- can send, receive, and even sign, documents on the go.
There are many situations in which an online fax service could drastically improve the ability of a traveling professional to complete his or her work. One example is signed documents. Business professionals often need to send or receive authorized documents, which can be a problem if they don't have the right tools to do so. Online faxing makes this simple, as a worker can snap a picture of the signed document and send it directly to a fax machine or email account.
The bottom line: for mobile business professionals that need to send or receive critical documents domestically and/or internationally, an online fax service offers the benefits of traditional fax, with the modern convenience of mobility.