Key Concepts in Tourist Studies provides a focused, quick reference guide for students exploring the fast growing and diverse field of tourist studies.Chosen by experienced teachers and researchers each concept defines, explains and develops a key topic in tourism and will act as a springboard for further reading and debate. This is an essential resource for all students of tourism.

Business Tourism

Business tourism

Business tourism involves the travel and accommodation of people who are travelling for reasons of employment or professional interest. This includes meetings, seminars, conferences, exhibitions, trade shows and corporate hospitality.

Rogers (2003) suggests that although business and conference tourism is a modern phenomenon mostly developing over the past fifty years, the notion of travelling for meetings, politics, commerce or trade is an ancient practice dating back to the Romans or even earlier. In its contemporary incarnation, business tourism has been growing exponentially over the past ten or fifteen years, with huge investments in conference facilities being made since the 1990s. Over the past ten years, it was estimated that there has been a 53 per cent increase in business tourism, and the spending

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