Ecotourism definition and characteristics

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There is no doubt that tourism has made great contributions to the world economy. However, the negative impact of tourism is an issue of major concern for environmentalists, governments, and in fact all of us. Consequently, organisations and governments around the world have taken a number of initiatives to reduce the negative impact of tourism. Many academics and regulatory bodies have also come up with different ideas and concepts. One of those ideas is ecotourism. So, let’s now have a look at ecotourism definition, characteristics and other related issues. Ecotourism […]

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Tourism definition

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Tourism is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. It has immensely contributed to the world economy. Today, tourism has indeed become a dominant source of income for many countries. Understandably, tourism has drawn a lot of interest in academic, public, and private spheres. The aim of this article is therefore to have a quick look at the definitions and forms of tourism. Tourism definition It is not surprising to see that for many people, tourism tends to be synonymous with holidays. To them, tourism is leisure […]

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An overview of tourism planning

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What is tourism planning? Planning is an important part of management process. It is a process of selection from among alternative courses of action. It plays a very vital role in tourism development. According to Hall (2008) tourism planning can be described as a process of orderly thought which, by anticipating change, enables the future development of tourism to progress in a systematic way so that the benefits of tourism outweigh the costs by an acceptable margin. Why tourism planning? While tourism can benefit a country, it can damage it […]

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Impact of tourism

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Tourism is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. It contributed a total of 9.8% to the world GDP ($7.2 trillion) in 2015 (World Travel and Tourism Council, 2017). However, its impact is not always positive. Tourism sometimes impacts on environment and social fabrics negatively. This article focuses on the economic, social and environmental impact of tourism. Economic impact of tourism Historically, developed countries were reaping economic harvests of tourism. However, a number of developing nations came forward and started catering for tourist needs. Thailand, Uganda, India, Maldives, Iran, […]

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An introduction to the tourism industry in the UK

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Tourism industry Tourism is one of the most rapidly growing and exciting industries in the UK. It contributed £127.4 billion to the UK GDP in 2015 (Tourism Alliance, 2016). The UK is forecast to have a tourism industry worth over £257 billion by 2025 (Visit Britain, 2017). The global economic contribution of the industry was almost $7.6 trillion in 2014 (Statista, n.d.). Structure of the tourism industry Tourism is a dynamic industry in the UK. It consists of a number of organisations both national and international. Tourism is a devolved matter; […]

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Differences between Tourism and Hospitality

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The terms ‘Tourism’ and ‘Hospitality’ are often used together side by side and they sound like the same thing. Formal university degrees are offered on both together e.g. BA (Hon’s) in Tourism and Hospitality Management. However, they are not the same thing. Although, they are considered to be under the same roof, some differences exist between the two. Definition of tourism Tourism refers to the sum of the relationships arising out of the activities of persons travelling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than […]

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The safest airlines in the world

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Image: www.qantas.com Recent aviation accidents and incidents have caused panic to many air passengers and people in general. People are very concerned about the safety of airlines, and therefore, would like to know they are travelling with safe and reliable airlines. However, how would they know which airlines are the safest to travel with? AirlineRatings.com has an answer to this question. AirlineRatings.com is the world’s only safety and product rating website (Smith, 2016). This website has recently announced its top twenty safest airlines and top ten safest low cost airlines […]

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