Business tourism is one of the
most lucrative, yet least well
acknowledged components of
our tourist industry.
UK Government’s Tourism Strategy –
BUSINESS TOURISM BRIEFING
An overview of the UK’s Business Tourism Industry
Business Tourism Partnership
C O N T E N T S
1. AN OVERVIEW OF THE BUSINESS TOURISM SECTOR
2. INDIVIDUAL BUSINESS TOURISM SEGMENTS
2.1 CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
2.1.1 UK Corporate Conferences and Meetings
2.1.2 UK (National) Association Conferences
International Association Conferences
2.5 OUTDOOR EVENTS
3. CAREERS IN THE BUSINESS TOURISM INDUSTRY
4. EDUCATION AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
5. NATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR
THE EVENTS INDUSTRY
6. THE ROLES OF THE BUSINESS TOURISM
PARTNERSHIP AND ITS MEMBER ORGANISATIONS
This Briefing has been compiled by Tony Rogers (BACD and ABPCO) on
behalf of the Business Tourism Partnership, and includes contributions from
many Partnership members.
Leading the way........
The UK's business tourism is a success story. Its importance can no longer be undervalued.
This briefing is one of a number of initiatives, undertaken by the Business Tourism Partnership,
to position the sector at the forefront of thinking by both the Government and the wider
business community. It provides a greater understanding of the scope and characteristics of its
various segments. Business tourism also offers stimulating and rewarding careers. Details on
these opportunities and how to access them are also included.
Conferences, exhibitions, incentive travel, corporate hospitality, outdoor events and individual
business travel account for a growing share of total inbound tourism into the UK. In 2001, for
the first time ever, expenditure by business visitors exceeded that of leisure visitors,
representing 31.7% of all spend compared with 29% of spen