What Is Tourism?


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Joe Gilbert Profile
Joe Gilbert answered
Tourism is a term used to refer to travel that is for recreational purposes only. For years, touring was something only the very richest people could do. Now with cheap air travel, the number of tourists in any given year can number over one billion and many countries rely primarily on tourism to support their economies.

Today tourism is one of the biggest industries in the world. Italy, Greece, the United States, and France are just a few of the countries that rely heavily on tourism to boost their economy. Tourism is supported by many service industries such as airlines, rental car businesses, hotels and motels, as well as amusement parks, shopping venues of all shapes and sizes, and music venues.

There are three basic types of tourists today. Domestic tourists are people who only travel within their home country. Inbound tourists are non-residents of a country who travel within that country. Outbound tourists involves tourists who are traveling in a country in which they do not live. All three of these types of tourists are crucial to the economy of many countries around the globe.

There are also places where tourism is a lifeblood. Island nations such the Bahamas, Aruba, and the Dominican Republic rely heavily on tourism to employ their citizens and support the service industries in their countries. While there are other industries in this countries such as fishing, tourism remains the lifeblood of many small island nations in the tropical parts of the world.

While outbound tourism has waned in the last few years thanks to the global recession, it can be expected to pick back up once economies around the world improve. The traditional tourist spots such as Greece, France, and tropical island getaways have remained fairly strong and inbound tourism has seen an increase during these tough economic times.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Tourism is travel for predominantly recreational or leisure purposes or the provision of services to support this leisure travel. There are different types of tourism such as cultural tourism, business tourism and also medical tourism
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Anonymous answered
Tourism is the art, business and science of attracting visitors, transporting and accommodating them and graciously catering for their needs and wants. It involves traveling i.e. Leaving your home of aboard and moving to a destination you have been motivated to go to, staying for more than a day but less than a year without gaining income through business from such destination but rather you spend in the destination and finally you return back to your starting point which is your home of aboard.
Lakshmipriya Nair Profile
Tourism is best defined as the act of travelling for the sake of pleasure and enjoyment. The World Tourism Organization defines it as the act of travelling and staying in places by people for the sake of leisure, business and other purposes. Though tourism has existed since the ancient days, nowadays it has become an extremely popular and global activity. The year 2004 recorded over 763 million international tourist arrivals.

It is a service industry and consists of several elements such as transportation, accommodation and the other factors that constitute a hospitality industry. It is major industry in several areas and countries which generates a lot of income. The terms tourism and travel are often used interchangeably though literally there is a difference. Tourism is encouraged by the government and the ruling authorities. A person who indulges in tourism is known as tourist.
phoo zone Profile
phoo zone answered
Tourism is the commercial organization which will take you to visit the interesting places at the holidays.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Many people believe that tourism is a service industry that takes care of visitors when they are away from home. Some restrict the definition of tourism by number of miles away from home, overnight stays in paid accommodations, or travel for the purpose of pleasure or leisure. Some people don’t think business travel is a form of tourism. Others think that travel and tourism should not even be referred to as an industry.

Whatever the official definition of tourism may be, from an economic development standpoint, it seems to boil down to one important factor: The ability for a community to capture disposable money from customers who have an option to spend it elsewhere.

So, based on this logic, would it be possible to say that if your favorite restaurant was located in the next town over, each time you went there to dine, you committed an act of tourism?

The answer is “maybe.”

If the trip was made in order to have a “unique experience” then the answer is “probably.”

If the trip was made because there were no dining opportunities in your home town, then the answer is “probably not.”

So, it’s safe to say that the line between tourism and plain old consumer spending is not fine. As a matter of fact, the line is pretty wide, and pretty fuzzy.

But, when tourism is recognized as an “export”, then it becomes a little easier to understand, recognize and accept.

The standard, basic and accepted definition of an export is any good or commodity, transported from one country to another country in a legitimate fashion, typically for use in trade. Export goods or services are provided to foreign consumers by domestic producers. However, it is widely accepted that an “export” can easily describe goods or commodities being traded across state lines or even local municipal lines.

The act of exporting goods and commodities, and the reason for doing it, is to open up the market, or customer base for the items being exported. It’s a way to make more money. Economic developers love exporters. Here are some businesses that create something and then ship it outside the area. The customers don’t even live in the community. Therefore, the local government does not have to worry about taking care of them. These customers don’t need new roads, schools, hospitals or more shopping centers.

So, Tourism should be viewed as an export industry. People travel to a community, make purchases, and leave.
andrew Profile
andrew answered
Tourism- The act of touring. Such actions include shopping, site seeing, dining out, going to area attractions such as: theme parks, water parks, putt-putt golf courses, go-kart tracks, clubs, theatres, etc. It is simply, going to a town and trying to take in as much of the local interests in a short amount of time.

The best tourists can tour a city in about a week or two. They plan their itinerary before they leave, but of course things can change so always have a plan B. That is Tourism in a nutshell.
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abegail ravelo answered
A temporary movement of people to destinations outside their normal places of work and residence, the activities undertaken during their stay in those destinations and the facilities created to cater to their destination.
Emily James Profile
Emily James ,, answered

Tourism is the business of providing tours and services for tourists.Tourism is a service industry which employees over 2 million people in Britain.

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Anonymous answered
Comprised of activities of person traveling to and staying in place outside their usual environmental for not move....than one consecutive year for leisure business and other purpose>>...

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