corporate entertaining


Senior Member
Slovene; Slovenia

Can anyone help me get the meaning of corporate entertaining in the following sentence?

The audience tend to be younger than at the Royal Opera House, the seats are much cheaper and there is less corporate entertaining.

I don't think that in this case it has something to do with business, does it? I mean the sentence is about one opera...

  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    At large and prestigious venues such as the Royal Opera House many of the best seats are booked, perhaps permanently, by big corporations. The people who occupy those seats are likely to be clients and business contacts, not opera enthusiasts.
    They will also be well-entertained before and during the event.
    In other words, they will not be seriously interested in what's happening on the stage.
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