To Define Tourism

To define tourism is a tricky question. It is different for different people

To some it is

  • To Explore
  • To Observe
  • To Get Away
  • To Relax
  • To enjoy Spa
  • To Interact with new cultures
  • To try Adventure
  • To Unwind
  • To Educate
  • To Search for new Frontiers,new horizons

Here are some academic definitions:

Tourism is the “sum of the phenomena and relationships arising from the interaction of tourists, business suppliers,host governments, and host communities in the process of attracting and hosting these tourists and other visitors“-Macintosh and Goeldner (1986)

‘the 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 care to their need. (Mathieson & Wall, 1982)

defining tourism by what it isn’t – it is not home, it is not work; it is a change of scenery and lifestyle, an inversion of the normal

‘tourism includes all travel that involves a stay of at least one night, but less than one year, away from home’  (World Tourism Office)

Here is a schematic representation of modern tourism

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To make it simple, a visit to qualify as a tourist visit should hav three components

  1. you have to travel someplace new, preferably a place where you normally do not go
  2. You have to do things you normally do not do
  3. it needs to be something enjoyable

An Interesting Video on defining Tourism:

Travel Vs Tourism


About Rashid Faridi

I am Rashid Aziz Faridi ,Writer, Teacher and a Voracious Reader.
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