Business travel and leisure tourism: Comparative trends in a globalizing world

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Airplanes carry on board business travellers and leisure tourists alike, seated next to each other in both economy and business classes. Hotels, mainly in downtown or in hotel districts of major cities, serve indiscriminately business and leisure guests, which is true also for restaurants and other entertainment establishments. Still, distinctions are normally made, by laymen as well as by professionals, between business travellers or business tourists, on the one hand, and leisure tourists, on the other. The objective of this chapter is to compare these two classes of travellers at the international level from several basic perspectives: motivations and goals; relative magnitude; spatial patterns; and interrelationships between the two classes of travellers. However, before delving into elaborations on these four perspectives, business travel has to be defined and business travellers classified, in order to see whether business travel constitutes merely a form of travel or if it constitutes also a distinct form of tourism. The definition and classification of business travel by trip objective and nature which we will elaborate on will lead us to focus on one specific form of business travel for our following comparative discussions of leisure and business travels.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Business Travel in the Global Economy
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781317114376
ISBN (Print)9780754679424
StatePublished - 23 May 2016

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Jonathan V. Beaverstock, Ben Derudder, James Faulconbridge and Frank Witlox 2010.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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