Tourism refers to the practice of travelling away from your home for leisure, recreation, or business reasons. It can be subdivided into local, regional or international travel based on the distance covered from one's original residence. Indigenous sightseeing involves moving within the same country, while regional tour takes to neighboring states within the same landmass. Nevertheless, the most popular one is international travel whereby the person visits another continent either through cruise ships or chattered planes.
Statistics and future prospects
Research shows that the average amount of international arrivals has steadily increased within the last 3 years, from 940 million people in the year 2010 to 983 million in 2011 and 1.035 billion by the end of 2012. These are positive signs that show the resilience of travel industry amidst tough economic conditions, such as the recently ended global recession. Experts believe that the rate of global arrivals would continue increasing at a rate of 3.4% within the next coming years.
Types of tourism
1. Winter tourism:
During winter season many people prefer visiting warmer places to get relief from the chilly weather back home. In Europe southern countries such as Spain receive many people during this time; they usually experience more sunshine than other parts of the continent. In the United States, vacationers love visiting western states such as California which is famed for its sandy beaches and plenty of sun. Some of the leisure activities one can engage in are surfing, mountaineering, wildlife trailing and deep sea diving.
2. Family travel:
Family travel is unique in the sense that it also involves the children. The best destination for this type of vacation should have activities that are suitable for all ages represented-it also has to be safe particularly for the kids' sake. Disney is the most popular spot for American families. It features attractive theme parks, kid club resorts and play villas where the young ones have an opportunity of interacting with their favorite cartoon characters. You can stroll the dazzling streets with your family and become part of Disney's pageantry timelessness; this is a good way for parents to bond with their young ones.
There's also an exclusive music boat tour hosted by kids from all over the world, they usually roam through the cool Disney streams while singing along the classic world peace anthem in unison. The fun-filled journey takes approximately 15-minutes. Some popular cartoon characters that your young ones would interact with include Cinderella, Pinocchio, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Aladdin and Jasmine.
Modern advancements in the travel industry:
There have been massive transport and technological developments in the tourism sector, such as jumbo jets and luxury submarines that transport people through different continents within the deep waters. Living standards have also improved which means that more households now have enough money to plan for their vacations-this is further facilitated by the emergence of online tourism services. They allow holiday seekers to arrange and pay for their logistical needs way in time before actually visiting the country, particularly transport and accommodation. International travel exposes people to new experiences and cultures that can expand their view of the world. One can either do it once a year or regularly depending on how much they are willing to spend.