Tourism geography


Tourism geography

Tourism Geography is the study of travel and tourism as an industry, as a human activity, and especially as a place-based experience. From a geographical point of view, tourism consists of the places of tourist origin (or tourist generating areas), tourist destinations (or places of tourism supply), and the relationship (connections) between origin and destination places, which includes transportation routes, business relationships, and traveler motivations.

Geography is fundamental to the study of tourism because tourism is geographical in nature. Tourism occurs in places, it involves movement and activities across geographic space (between places), and it is an activity in which both place characteristics and personal self-identities are formed through the relationships that are created among places, landscapes and people. Physical geography provides the essential background against which tourism places are created, and environmental impacts and concerns are major issues that must be considered in managing the development of tourism places.

Human geography provides an understanding of the social and economic relationships that exist in providing tourism and U.S. National Park Service nature-based [ [http://nature.nps.gov/ Planning, Environment & Public Comment] (PEPC)] outdoor recreation opportunities and activities, as well as the special meaning that these places have to individuals. A destination's sense of place is often a key element behind tourism development -- after all, without the uniqueness and diversity of places, tourism would be mundane and uninteresting.

References

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* Agritourism, place-based geotourism in hands-on rural communities
* Cultural tourism, community-building through creative story-telling ...
* Ecotourism
* Freedom's Frontier, retraces Frontier Army's "Military Road" ...
** Heritage tourism, experience people, places & changes over time!
* Hayward Fault Zone, earth science with emergency preparedness focus
* International Network of Geoparks
** Iskar-panega Geopark
* "Traveler Magazine", champions sustainable travel programs ...

External links

* [http://www.aboutchennai.com Chennai Tourism] (Site Promoting Chennai)
* [http://www.geog.nau.edu/igust/ Commission on Tourism, Leisure and Global Change] (International Geographical Union)
* [http://www.geog.nau.edu/rts/ Recreation Tourism and Sport Specialty Group] (Association of American Geographers)
* [http://www.ex.ac.uk/geography/tourism/gltrg/welcome.html Geography of Leisure and Tourism Research Group] (Royal Geographical Society)
* [http://www.china.org.cn/english/environment/164132.htm Pioneering China-based Geotourism] (China Daily March 31, 2006)
* [http://www.nationalgeographic.com/traveler/forums/tourism.html Tourism Forum: "Geotourism Editor"] (National Geographic "Traveler Magazine")
* [http://www.geog.nau.edu/tg/ Tourism Geographies:] An International Journal of Tourism Space, Place and Environment" (Routledge)
* [http://travelgeography.blogspot.com/ Geography for Travelers] podcast and blog
* [http://www.joaoleitaotravel.co.nr/ Travel destinations, photos & tips] travel diaries
* [http://www.geotourismcanada.com Geotourism Canada] Theme Based Site Identification


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