Introduction to Travel and Tourism (Topic 4) Types of Leisure Tourism

9Describing the main types of leisure tourism.

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Initial thought about leisure tourism is holidays. Leisure excursions are commonly considered by people for relaxation and enjoyment. These holidays are taken in groups of family or friends, by couples and frequently people travel alone to make new friends. These types of holidays are predominately taken for less than two weeks.

Interestingly it is stated in R.Heyns book about travel and tourism, that in the 1930s common people took majority of the holidays. The holiday would primarily last a week, commencing and finishing on a Saturday. Those days there were typically less paid holidays, and people barely could afford a week of vacation. In comparison to today, people are able to receive paid holiday of maximum two to three weeks a year.

Certain types of holidays such as short breaks, commonly taken for a week, are growing quite popular as second vacations. People nowadays with unlimited time and being able to afford a short break, travel on a weekend or during the week, more than twice a year.

Alternative type of holiday is city breaks which are equally becoming very common. A city break is a short holiday taken for up to four nights, to a city that possesses countless tourist attractions and facilities. Paris and Barcelona are the most popular destinations for city breaks. These two cities have world-famous attractions where tourists indulge themselves in. Furthermore, tourists can travel from the United Kingdom to Paris by rail, road or air by using the Eurostar service.

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Other forms of leisure tourism, include people travelling to locations divergent to relaxation purposes. There are several reasons why people travel for leisure purposes.

These include health and fitness tourism, which possibly associates to a rock climbing trip, a walking holiday or a cycling tour. Additional reason is sports tourism, where a visit to a major sporting event takes place by the spectator, such as a motor racing Grand Prix in another country. Sports tours can equally be taken by competitors, where perhaps they could run in a marathon, and need to remain absent from their homes.

Health tourism is another reason why people travel for leisure purposes. People go to a different country for medical treatment, either because the therapy is not available or is excessively expensive in the country they reside in. Moreover, educational tourism is an additional reason, where students go on college and school visits, and foreign language exchanges are linked directly to study experiences.

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Introduction to Travel and Tourism (Topic 3) Motivating factors of tourism

List of motivating factors of tourism.

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Generally speaking majority of time people want to participate in tourist activities. This may include wanting to relax on a sunny beach, visit family for special occasion, travel to watch or take part in a sports event, or just to enjoy oneself in different cities.

Above motivational factors give people the desire to travel to places of their choice. Other motivational factors are when people go on educational visits or participate in an adventure activity that involves travelling.

Names have been given to some motivational tourist activities. People’s desire to experience different places and cultures are called “wanderlust”. There are people who have a list of desired exotic destinations they would like to see and explore, whenever the opportunity arises.

Another strong motivational factor, where people desire to travel to places with warmer climate and sunny conditions, is called “sunlust”. Tourists from the United Kingdom leave each summer for the Mediterranean resorts, for the hot sunny and settled weather, to relax on the beach or hotel pool.

Furthermore, some people head towards the museums, art galleries and sites of religious interests, who are motivated to experience different and new culture.

Lastly, tourists travel to places purely based on getting out of a normal routine lifestyle.

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Introduction to Travel and Tourism (Topic 2) Difference between inbound and outbound tourism

What is the main difference between inbound and outbound tourism?

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Inbound tourism refers to tourists coming in a country, and outbound tourism is defined as tourists getting out of their original country to be in a different one. The two terms (inbound and outbound tourism) is believed to be international tourism, defined as travelling from one country to another.

Wikipedia states the World Tourism Organisation defines tourists as people “staying outside of their origin for about a year for business leisure and other reasons”.

Inbound tourism can also be defined by others as, “people travelling for 24 hours and up to a few months to another country from their home country”. This type of travel is mainly for business and leisure purpose. For instance, if someone is travelling from the United Kingdom to Canada, they would become an inbound tourist for Canada. However, if a local is travelling to United Kingdom from Canada, that person would be classified as an outbound tourist of Canada.

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I bought my own domain! Phew, no more adds!

Being a new member to the blogging world, is like learning anything for the first time! I got my own domain today, which gives me joy to write something new everyday. How do I make it interesting? Will people like my content? Can people benefit from this? these are the questions popping in my head.

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The last two posts on “introduction to travel and tourism”, I explained briefly on topics relevant to the subject.

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Next post I shall be briefly explaining about the “main difference between inbound and outbound tourism”.

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Introduction to Travel and Tourism (Topic 1) What is sports Tourism?

What is sports Tourism?

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Before explaining what exactly sports tourism is, it’s important to find the definition of leisure tourism.  Leisure tourism can be defined in different forms where not only it describes to relax and rest as a main purpose of holiday.

Sports Tourism is also categorised as leisure tourism, but it involves taking up sport tours which means visiting sporting events in other countries. This could be done by taking a holiday or a short break, in order to either participate in a sport or to watch it.

What does not define a sports tourism is when people are on a beach holiday and play a one-off sport.

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Introduction to Travel and Tourism (The definition of it)

Lets begin by defining travel and tourism. The term ‘travel’ typically means making a journey of some length. We can make a journey by transport to take us from one place to another. Either it is for work purpose or just for leisure, travelling will get us to our desired destination.

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The term ‘tourism’ can be defined as a collection of activities participated by the travellers. These could be sightseeing or camping for leisure. Tourism automatically fits into travel.

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