HUDDERSFIELD firms are really going places, with destinations in the Far East being the most popular.
Business travel provider Co-operative Travel Management said the number of trips booked by its clients to India and China rose by over one-and-a- half times last year.
Shanghai and Mumbai were the top spots for firms seeking to boost overseas trade.
The number of trips to Hong Kong by Huddersfield firms rose by 64% last year, with increases of 55% for Beijing and 39% for Bangalore.
The findings back up national figures which suggest that 85% of UK business leaders plan to expand their dealings with overseas markets in the next 12 months.
Chris Wood, the Huddersfield branch manager for Co-operative Travel Management, said: "Asia is considered to offer the greatest opportunities for business growth in 2007 and this is reflected in travel trends.
"Markets elsewhere are becoming saturated.
"So the rapidly expanding economies of South East Asia are a huge draw for local companies looking to open up new markets or establish supply agreements."
Mr Wood said several airlines had introduced new routes to meet demand.
His branch had also noted an increase in demand for its passport and consular services.