Sectors of the Tourism Industry

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  • 0:03 Tourism Industry Services
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  • 2:19 Entertainment and Attractions
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Instructor: Yuanxin (Amy) Yang Alcocer

Amy has a master's degree in secondary education and has taught math at a public charter high school.

Read this lesson to learn about the various parts that make up the tourism industry. You'll also learn how they work together to create the travel experience that travelers are looking for.

Tourism Industry Services

Travel is big business! Just think of all the hotels you know and you'll probably be able to recommend one to fit the tastes of each of your friends, ranging anywhere from the plain all the way up to the most sumptuous and luxurious. And that's not all. In addition to the hotels, the whole tourism industry, all the businesses and companies that provide services to and for travelers, also includes restaurants, attractions, and various modes of transportation for the travelers.

Travel is a big business with many options available for travelers. Let's take a look at each of the major sectors of the travel industry and how each works with the others.

Accommodations and Transportation

First, let's take a look at the various types of accommodations, places that travelers can stay. There are hotels, motels, and resorts for travelers to choose from. And within each option, travelers can pick the level of quality and service they want to as well.

For example, say Susan wants to spend as little as possible on her accommodations because she wants to spend more on activities. She may choose a plain motel with a basic room that lets her have a restful sleep so she'll be ready for a new day of activity.

But Paul, on the other hand, wants to stay somewhere he'll be treated like a king. He wants to have everything he'll need because he doesn't want to leave and explore the town. No, he just wants to relax and be served. Paul may choose a resort to stay at that offers all the amenities and service that he wants.

In addition to the transportation methods that travels use to arrive at their vacation destination, they will also need appropriate transportation to explore their destinations and participate in activities. Within this sector, travelers can choose from many different types, some of which are local to the area they are visiting. While the typical taxis and buses are the norm in larger cities, in smaller cities and towns, travelers may get a chance to experience local modes of transportation, such as bicycle taxis, gondolas (a Venetian rowing boat), or even donkeys and camels. For example, Peter, traveling to the Grand Canyon, can choose to travel on a donkey to get to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

Entertainment and Attractions

Once travelers have their hotels and transportation set, they can now enjoy their entertainment and attractions options. These can vary greatly depending on the destination. While some travelers choose their destinations based on what attractions and entertainment options are available, other travelers choose their entertainment and attractions based upon what is available at their destination.

Most cities will have historical sites for travelers to visit. Other cities will have interesting shopping centers, such as the open-air markets of many Asian cities, while still others offer outdoor activities, such as scuba diving, hiking, or animal sightseeing.

Many cities allow travelers to experience the unique local activities. For example, Lucy, traveling to Hawaii, prepares herself for a luau where she gets to experience eating a kalua pig that's cooked in an earth oven, followed by some haupia coconut pudding, and then watching dancers performing the hula.

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