Tourism Network and Supply Components

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THE TOURISM NETWORK AND SUPPLY COMPONENTS
Tourism Components
The travel industry is a tourism network which includes both the public and private sectors. Gee, Choy and Makens define the travel industry as ”the composite of organizations, both private and public, that are involved in the development, production and marketing of products-and services to serve the- needs of the travelers” This definition clearly identifies both the direct and indirect components of the travel industry. Businesses and corporations are regarded as components of the travel industry classified as direct providers, support services and developmental organizations.

The first category, direct providers, includes businesses that are associated with travel, such as
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The physical characteristics of an area can be generalized as natural scenery climate, and environment.
- The natural scenery is a combination of the general topography flora and fauna, proximity to lakes, rivers, seas, islands and islets, hot and mineral water springs, caverns, waterfalls, and the like. The greater the variety and uniqueness of the scenery, the more appealing it is. The appeal can be increased if the area has a “comfortable" climate. A comfortable cold climate is determined by the wind-chill factor — a term used to express how temperature feels to the exposed skin. A comfortable warm climate is determined by the combination of humidity, temperature, and wind.
-A notable example is the Caribbean because, although many of its islands are in the tropical zone, the wind currents make it more comfortable than the temperature and humidity would show.
-Water plays an important role in forming an attractive landscape. The sea, lakes and rivers not only add to the visual beauty of the region but also offer the possibility of swimming, sailing, canoeing, and fishing. Thus, large bodies of water have become popular such as Taal Lake in the Philippines, and Lake Geneva, in Switzerland.
-Specific natural phenomena such as volcanoes, waterfalls, cave, and canyons also attract tourists. Examples are the Pagsanjan Falls in the Philippines, Grand Canyon in the U.S., Niagara Falls in the U.S. and Canada, and the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.