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Female Business Travelers Really Know How to Book it

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Experts in the travel and hospitality industry say businesswomen know what they want when hitting the road for work. Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

When it comes to what female business travelers want from a hotel experience, Tina Edmundson of Marriott International says, "It’s absolutely not about flowered wallpaper or flowered anything."

Edmundson, Marriott International's Global Officer for Luxury and Lifestyle Brands, says female business travelers are gaining on their male counterparts.

"It used to be very much a 70/30 sort of relationship. We’re much closer now to a 45/55 percentage in most of our brands," she says.

Women who travel for a living clearly don't want to be stereotyped.

"I think we want what any business traveler wants; I think we want space to be able to work out of our room, we want to be able to plug in our computers and our phones and not have to crawl under the desk in order to do that," says Melissa Maher, Senior Vice President of Global Market Management at Expedia.

Although safety is one feature that is non-negotiable.

"Most women don’t like strange men coming to their door. So if I call and I need something brought up to my room, please send a woman, please don’t send a strange guy," says Paula Froelich, Editor of Yahoo Travel.

Female road warriors want to have a choice of healthful food options and maintain their workout routine and when it comes time to kick back, enjoy some measure of privacy.

"Having a space in the lobby that you can be with other people yet be by yourself is very important and a growing trend," notes Edmundson.

At the end of the day, business women will be girls.

"Enough space on the countertop to put on your makeup in the bathrooms," says Edmunson. "Finally my pet peeve is a full-length mirror. I have to be able to see my shoes."

"The first thing I would like to see improved is lighting in the bathrooms," says Maher.

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