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World’s Most Popular Business Travel Destinations in 2019 and 2020

News Business tourism brings a significant share of revenues for hotels in many destinations around the world. Meetings abroad and various incentive programs are very popular, and there are trends and hot countries and cities in these categories as well. Global DMC Partners, the largest network of destination management companies and creative event experts in the world, prepared the global list of the most popular meeting and incentive destinations. The list includes the results of 2019 and trending markets for 2020.

Business meetings and events abroad bring millions of people to foreign countries every year, helping to create new jobs and accumulating millions. Global DMC underlines that social responsibility has been a vivid trend for business event and meeting travel in recent years. This way companies can support local communities and help them grow, reducing poverty and protecting the environment. Global growth of the travel industry made over-tourism particularly noticeable, but there are still destinations that suffer from under-tourism.

Modern businesses can help secondary and emerging destinations by organizing meetings and business-related events there. These “hidden gems” can be as interesting as famous and ever-crowded areas. Global DMC tries to raise awareness and encourage companies not to limit themselves to hotels in Barcelona, London, Dresden hotels and other popular cities.

The list of the most popular destinations for business travel is based on the global client base and their choices for meetings, conferences, incentives, and other business-related events. The information is divided into two main groups – top destinations for meetings and conferences and the most popular incentive destinations. Some destinations appear on both lists. For example, Budapest hotels are a popular choice for European meetings and the top incentive destination for travelers from the Americas.

The most popular 2019 meeting and conference destinations are the following: Paris, Copenhagen, Chicago, San Francisco, Orlando, Barcelona, Washington D.C., Prague, and Las Vegas. The same list for 2020 is the following: San Diego, Nashville, Singapore, New Orleans, Tokyo, Washington D.C., Austin, Bahamas, and Phoenix. This year’s top destinations for incentives: Costa Rica, France, Bahamas, Italy, Miami, Budapest, Lisbon, Prague, Cancun, Aruba. The hot top of incentive destinations for 2020: Greece, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Budapest, Aruba, Iceland, New York, Italy, Switzerland, Puerto Rico.


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