Business Tourism


Business tourism comprises visitors to Scotland whose trip is related to conferences, meetings and incentive travel, as well as general business matters. This is a valuable market for Scotland. Information on the latest statistics by purpose of trip (leisure and business) can be found in the Tourism Statistics and Trends and Insights sections.


Business Travel Dashboard

Our quarterly Business Travel Dashboard is a snapshot of industry performance. It also provides a commentary on the drivers influencing consumers and business now and in the future. Please note that this paper represents business travel of all types including individual non-discretionary business travel which is not influenced by the work of the business tourism industry.. It is not therefore a report specifically covering the MICE market (Meetings, Incentive, Conference & Exhibitions) or “Business Tourism” as targeted by VisitScotland’s Business Events.


PDF document Business Travel Dashboard Q3 2014 (0.5MB)

PDF document Business Travel Dashboard Q2 2014 (0.5MB)

PDF document Business Travel Dashboard Q1 2014 (0.5MB)


Scottish Business Travel and Tourism

The following paper is a summary of the tourism performance of Scotland’s Business Travel and Tourism sector. Through the use of data sources such as; the International Passenger Survey (IPS), and the Great Britain Tourism Survey (GBTS), insights have been drawn to gain an understanding of the sectors volume, value, and visitor profile.


Please note that this paper is only representative of Business Travel of all types including individual non-discretionary business travellers as recorded by VisitScotland’s data source. It is not a report on the state of the Meetings, Incentive, Conference & Exhibitions (MICE) market or “Business Tourism” as targeted by VisitScotland’s Business Events.


PDF document Scottish Business Travel and Tourism - Facts & Insights (1.15MB) published 2014


Quick Facts

  • 2.5m business trips were made to Scotland in 2012 (-7% vs 2010)
  • Business tourism was worth £782m to Scotland in 2012 (+8% vs 2010) and accounted for 18% of the total tourism expenditure to Scotland
  • Spend per night by business visitors is 1.5 times higher than that of leisure visitors
  • Great Britain accounts for 69% of total tourism expenditure, down from 73% in 2011
  • The largest overseas markets in 2012 for business tourism in Scotland measured by volume of trips are Germany, USA, Norway, Netherlands and France. In terms of spend they are USA, Germany, Norway, Ireland and France

Sources: Great Britain Tourism Survey 2012, International Passenger Survey 2012


Tourism in Scotland

Statistics are included in the Tourism in Scotland fact sheet, available in the Tourism Statistics section. This details the volume and value of tourism to Scotland, categorised by type of trip (holiday, business, visiting friends and family).


Additional Resources


To view the VisitScotland's Business Events website please visit


For more information please VisitBritains Business Visits and Events research.


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