On the motivations of business travel

Evidence from an Australian survey

Massimiliano Tani*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper presents the results of a survey of international business travelers to and from Australia carried out at Sydney Airport in May 2003 to understand the motivations underlying business travel. Data gathered from a sample of 210 business travelers indicate that knowledge sharing is a very common motivation to undertake a business trip while boosting sales is the least common. Business trips emerge as a mechanism to access, develop and transfer knowledge internationally, and possibly affect a country's ability to innovate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-440
Number of pages22
JournalAsian and Pacific Migration Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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