Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tourism can be defined as the activities of traveling, visiting an attraction place, sightseeing, visiting friends, and spending leisure in a beautiful place outside the domestic area for one or more days.

The people who do these kinds of activities are called as tourists. Tourists may be travelers but travelers may not be tourists. Because travelers may be the local people and they use the transportation  vehicle only for going to a destination not for the purpose of visiting or enjoying a place.

The World Tourism Organization (WTO) state that tourism is the activity of people who travel to places outside their customary surroundings and stay there for leisure, business, or other purposes for no longer than one year without interruption.

According to Mathieson & Wall "Tourism is 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 cater to their needs."

Charles R. Goelder and J. R. Brent Ritchie defined tourism as the science, art, and business of attracting visitors, transporting them, accommodating them and graciously catering to their needs and wants.

The key points of tourism are -
      •  Tourism is a science, an art and a business
      • Attracting visitors
      • Transporting them
      • Accommodating them
      • Catering their needs and wants
      • All tourists are travelers, but all travelers are not tourists.

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