For long holiday tourism has been in the grip of economic thinking and sociological research. On this webpage a more balanced view is maintained on the focal centre of tourists' activities: tourists themselves and their encounter with their holiday destination. Tourists take what is given to them and then turn it into their own ends; it is these ends what is of our primary interest and more than 25 articles on this site are about just that: the tourists' tourism.

Under the heading "Tourism" a new article has been added on Climate Change (July, 2020)

and also under the heading "Tourism" I have added a new article about Phenomenology and Tourism (Feb. 2020).

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Topic: Tourist Profiles and Sustainability

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Tourists’ profiles and lifestyles

The Tourist’s Profile and Lifestyle

In reflexive tourism as we understand it, the pivot on which tourism hinges is the tourist’s experience. However, before a tourist can be called as such, there is a long way to go. Getting the motivation to go on holiday is the starting point on a complicated road before someone becomes a full fledged tourist. This motivation may be based simply on the fact that this person has only two weeks of vacation per year, or it could also be fueled by a concrete desire to travel to an area that is completely different from the home environment. This motivation may stem from personal reasons, such as difficult home situations, an urge for self-realization or even health concerns, but it may also be inspired by external sources, such as a TV programme, a novel, a nature film or the inspiring stories of friends.

2 Responses to “Tourists’ profiles and lifestyles”

  1. Dear Marinus Gisolf!
    Good Evening
    That’s a very informative article and giving me certain insights about my research.
    thanks very much for putting over this webpage.
    I want to use the last diagram by citing you. in my research page by citing you.
    Kindly allow me to do so, I shall be highly obliged to you.
    In case if you are allowing please guiding for citing this article and above-researched diagram(last one).
    thanks and regards

    Ashok Sigh Rathore
    Mody University,Sikar
    Rajathan, India

    • Dear Ashok,
      Thank you for your mail. Please feel free to use the material from my website, but obviously always mention the source.
      Additionnally I am interested in your article and once published perhaps you can send me a copy.
      With regards from Costa Rica,

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