Overview of the Tourism Industry
With over over one billion travellers crossing national borders, tourism is one of the Worlds largest and fastest growing industry sectors. In Europe alone over 500 million people a year visit a European destination. Short weekend visits within a tourist's home country tend to characterise most trips.
Tourism provides jobs and growth in many developing countries. Jobs in tourism and foreign currency spent by tourists is ultimately re-invested in the local economy. Tourism has continued to grow in a last few decades for a number of reasons.
Firstly, travellers are becoming more affluent, more travel savvy and aware of amazing holiday destinations.
Secondly, the cost of International air travel, holiday accommodation, rail and motor transport has opened up the World to new and exciting tourism destinations. Transportation has advanced technologically to speed up travel to and from tourism destinations. These advancements have help cut travelling costs for things like business travel.
Thirdly, the Internet now give everyone a wealth of visual travel information, travel review apps, digital maps, destination photo tours, price comparison services and online travel booking engines.
Fourthly, tourists have seemingly more choice of vacation destinations from traditional seaside holidays, adventure holidays, luxury spa deals, city breaks, exotic holidays to cheap package holidays.
Lastly, there are also more retired people, living longer and with more recreation free time on their hands.
There is a wealth of tourism information and advice available from providers (such as tourist information centres, travel agents, travel clubs and services, travel consultants, travel guides and travel wholesalers).
The most popular types of tourist activities tend to be beaches, theme parks, national parks, cruises, boat trips, family days out, guided walks and so on. Walking is a popular tourist activity, especially around rivers, hills and lakes. Similarly, sightseeing heritage sites (such as The Tower of London) are a popular attraction.
There is so much to see (such as air shows, aquariums, galleries, castles, gardens, historic buildings and zoos). Tourism seems like a never ending opportunities to visit new places, see amazing sights and experience great activities and adventures.