Business tourism is an important segment of the tourism industry, on both the supply and the demand sides and for all involved—namely, travelers, intermediaries, providers, and destinations. Although business tourism shares several key characteristics with leisure tourism, there are decisive differences with respect to the types of travelers and their motivation, decision making, travel realization, and the beneficiaries involved in this kind of travel. Business tourism is categorized according to the particular professional purpose and framework of business events. In this entry, the future of business tourism is discussed with a view to the technological progress in communication and collaboration technologies and to the increasing global reach of transnational companies.

Definition of Business Tourism and Types of Travelers

The World Tourism Organization recognizes business tourism as a ...

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