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Why do People Travel?

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  • 0:01 Reasons People Travel
  • 0:40 Business Travel
  • 1:24 Leisure Travel
  • 2:24 Events
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Instructor: Tara Schofield

Tara has a PhD in Marketing & Management

Travel can happen for many reasons, including business and personal visits. This lesson discusses a variety of reasons people go to other areas and the impact those trips can have on a local community.

Reasons People Travel

There are many reasons why people travel, including for business or leisure. As a result, every geographical market differs widely in the number and type of visitors that make up its tourism industry. Think about all of the reasons why you travel. Some trips may follow a schedule, like family holidays or visits to business clients. Other trips may occur infrequently or unexpectedly, like those to family and school reunions, weddings, or funerals. Regardless of the reason, hospitality and tourism is a huge industry that is greatly affected by all types of travel.

Business Travel

Business and corporate travel is one of the largest categories of travel purposes in the tourism industry. Client or corporate meetings may require in-person attendance. When this is the case, you may have to drive or fly to another city and rent a car or take a taxi to the meeting location. You may also have to spend the night in a hotel and eat at restaurants.

Conventions are a sub-category of business travel as most are held for business purposes. Convention cities rely heavily on revenue generated by shows and attendees. Conventions can bring anywhere from a few hundred to tens of thousands of attendees into a city for many days. Attendees can make a positive and significant impact on a local economy when they spend money in an area.

Leisure Travel

Leisure travel is an umbrella term for personal and non-business travel and an important reason why a lot of people travel. Depending on the area and local attractions, leisure travel can account for a tremendous amount of business. Consider the area around Disneyland, where hundreds of thousands of people visit every year. Having a major draw like Mickey Mouse and fairy tale princesses can create millions of dollars of tourist revenue annually.

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