Essay Tourism ]

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By: Anne Vilagut Tourism The French define tourism as "the art to satisfy the most diverse aspirations which invite man to move out of his daily universe." The Webster's dictionary defines tourism as "the guiding or managing of tourists; the promotion or encouragement of touring: the accommodation of tourists." Both definitions are apt for tourism. The private sector of tourism includes lodging, food, transportation, recreation facilities, attractions, travel agents, and tour operators. These in turn are supported by a variety of specialized services, such as research promotion and printing. In the public sector, promotion of tourism on behalf of the state or communities is a major activity. In addition, there is the infrastructure of…show more content…
For instance, a City like Miami Beach which offers mainly recreational opportunities which depend on climate for their use appeals primarily to discretionary market, and that only at those times of the year when unfavorable weather elsewhere makes Florida desirable. Most visitors to Miami Beach come from the eastern half of the country; similar resorts on the West Coast compete successfully for the western market. Much of a visitor's decision is based on his expectations of the city and whether or not it is likely to fulfill them. But how are those expectations formed? Urban Attractions: Most tourists' attractions are inherent to the city; they exist because of demands and support from local people, combined with the willingness of governmental and other organizations to subsidize certain amenities when necessary. The diversity and quantity of attractions relate closely to the makeup and size of resident population, the city's historic past, and its national and international standing. Most attractions are not geared specifically to the visitor, with some obvious exceptions. For example, the St. Louis Arch was built expressly as a unique tourist attraction, and at the same time it serves as a symbol of the city's historic past and present role as a gateway to the West. Atlanta is one of the most successful

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