Definintion of Tourism (UNWTO Definition of Tourism) / What Is Tourism ?

After this article, you'll have an idea on definition of tourism. Also the article includes the UNWTO definition of tourism.
2010-03-30 21:12
Tugberk Ugurlu

The Definition of Tourism varies source by source, person by person. There is no consensus concerning the definition of tourism. Nearly every each institution define "Tourism" differently. But When it comes to explain it with the basic terms, we can sum it up as follows;

"Tourism is a collection of activities, services and industries which deliver a travel experience comprising transportation, accommodation, eating and drinking establishments, retail shops, entertainment businesses and othe hospitality services provided for individuals or groups traveling away from home"

"The sum of the phenomena and relationships arising from the interaction of tourists, business suppliers, host goverments and host communities in the process of attracting and hostin these tourists and other visitors"

Macintosh and Goeldner


First Definition for Tourism


The first definition of tourism was made by Guyer Feuler in 1905.



UNWTO Definition of Tourism

In order to prevent the disaccords to define "Tourism", UNWTO defined it as indicated below;

"Tourism comprises the activities of persons traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes."

Tourism is different from travel. In order for tourism to happen, there must be a displacement: an individual has to travel, using any type of means of transportation (he might even travel on foot: nowadays, it is often the case for poorer societies, and happens even in more developed ones, and concerns pilgrims, hikers …). But all travel is not tourism.

Three criteria are used simultaneously in order to characterize a trip as belonging to tourism. The displacement must be such that;

  • It involves a displacement outside the usual environment: this term is of utmost importance and will be discussed later on;
  • Type of purpose: the travel must occur for any purpose different from being remunerated from within the place visited: the previous limits, where tourism was restricted to recreation and visiting family and friends are now expanded to include a vast array of purposes;
  • Duration: only a maximal duration is mentioned, not a minimal. Tourism displacement can be with or without an overnight stay. We shall discuss the particularity of in transit visits, from a conceptual and statistical point of view.


by Tugberk on Tuesday, Mar 30 2010 22:49:48 +03:00
My first article on Tourism
by nihan on Wednesday, Mar 31 2010 18:41:06 +03:00
hi  very nice site
by Tugberk on Wednesday, Mar 31 2010 18:44:12 +03:00
hi very thank you
by Tugberk on Tuesday, Apr 20 2010 20:05:23 +03:00
I updated this article today

Tugberk Ugurlu

by andrea on Thursday, Jul 29 2010 16:14:27 +03:00
perfect article ! I am a student of hospitality management and I googled tourism definition and found this article and helped me well.

Thanks for the jop 
kabera callixte
by kabera callixte on Saturday, Jun 25 2011 20:52:58 +03:00

I am Phd Studing searching definition of" tourism".When this definition was adopted by UNWTO?

manoj khanal
by manoj khanal on Monday, Jun 27 2011 13:33:33 +03:00

i like it and i want you to send definition of tourism to my email

by tugberk on Monday, Jun 27 2011 16:56:05 +03:00

@manoj khanal

copy, paste and send it to yourself

by phyusinthant on Friday, Sep 23 2011 11:25:03 +03:00

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by tugberk on Friday, Sep 23 2011 11:46:37 +03:00


Sorry, I am not a remote lecturer. Feel free to read though.

arlene antonio
by arlene antonio on Monday, Oct 24 2011 08:03:46 +03:00

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by Fiza on Wednesday, Nov 09 2011 05:13:49 +02:00 help me a lot in my assignments :)

by Regina on Sunday, Jan 22 2012 14:56:57 +02:00

can you mention types of tourism and meaning

by sherry on Thursday, Mar 08 2012 23:21:18 +02:00

its widen my knowledge

by Nirob on Monday, Mar 12 2012 17:01:05 +02:00

I like also ...plz any update of tourism ...

by gaurav on Thursday, Mar 15 2012 13:20:01 +02:00

this defination is very nice,but  make it in detail :-)

sanil ramjit
by sanil ramjit on Thursday, Apr 19 2012 16:46:41 +03:00

indead there are lots of definition to tourism but we consider this one to be the best

by Susmita on Monday, Jun 25 2012 06:11:58 +03:00

i never had reading before the definition of tourism first made was in 1905 by Guyer Feuler,really this is good article give us more information about Tourism Industry

by AHMED LUBWAMA on Thursday, Jul 26 2012 06:48:18 +03:00

According to ma view, tourism is mainly for leisure or pleasure or adventure. I would like a more eraboration on how business comes in the definition of tourism. Iam a Geography teacher currently undertaking MSc Env Sci.

by rweyaj on Monday, Oct 08 2012 11:22:00 +03:00

taorism is the movement from one place to anothr

agumas almaw
by agumas almaw on Saturday, Nov 10 2012 05:50:28 +02:00

it is difficult to give aspesfic definition  about  tourism .but it is better to say it is an important servies sector for once country.

nicetus e mboya
by nicetus e mboya on Wednesday, Jun 19 2013 18:53:50 +03:00

the page is good provide brilliant material expesially for scholars like me am studying tourism in iringa univerty in tanzania iringa

i like tourism

by jeff on Monday, Nov 17 2014 11:19:03 +00:00
give the type of traveler

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