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Concepts and definitions

Domestic trip

A domestic trip is a trip made by a resident of a given country within his/her residential country, and outside his/her usual environment. The maximum duration of a trip is 12 consecutive months.

The definition of domestic trip is derived from the World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) definitions for 'Domestic tourism' and 'Domestic visitor'.

Business trip

According to the definition of the World Tourism Organization UNWTO, the category of business and professional trips comprises all business and professional activities outside the usual environment.  The visitor takes the professional trip because of requirements related to his/her occupation or the economic activity of the production unit for which he/she works.

This category includes sales to foreign enterprises, attending meetings, conferences or congresses, trade fairs and exhibitions, official trips of employees of general government and international organisations, studying related to occupation (courses) and employees’ incentive tours. Usually it is the employer who pays the costs for a business trip. In the Finnish Travel survey this category of trips goes under the heading 'Business/conference'.

Trip abroad

A trip (visit) abroad refers to a trip made by a resident of a given country outside the national borders of his/her country of residence and outside his/her usual environment for leisure, business or other reason. The maximum duration of stay in the destination country is 12 consecutive months.

A trip is an operational statistical unit of outbound tourism and it is derived from the World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) definitions of 'outbound tourism' and 'international visitor'.