Tourism Studies - Patterns-Destinations | Course Description | Alison

Tourism - Introduction to Travel Patterns and Destinations - Revised

Learn more about travel patterns and the reasons tourists visit particular destinations, with this free online course.

Tourism and Hospitality
Free Course
This free online Tourism course will give you an introduction to travel patterns and destinations. Different people travel for different reasons and understanding the factors that affect travel can be helpful for managing or planning any tourist facility or event. With this course, you will learn how tourists choose their travel destinations. This can help your tourist business maximize its profits and performance.





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This course begins by describing the travel patterns of tourists and the basic reasons why people spend their hard-earned money on traveling. It will then discuss the six main types of pleasure trips and at the same time outline how each of these trips benefits the tourist industry. You will also look into the 4 main types of business trips and describe how airlines and hotels can earn customer loyalty.

Tourists and business travelers often go to a particular destination because the place has something specific in offer. This course will look into the key factors needed for a successful holiday destination. It will also discuss how snow resorts have developed in popularity and teach you the essential factors needed to establish a successful one. You will also study the attractions that can bring tourists to rural destinations. Finally, you will also look into the main types of cities and the tourist attractions found in each.

One of the basic needs that fuel the demand for tourism is the curiosity or desire to visit a certain destination. This course will teach you what influences the travel patterns and destinations of international tourists in a clear and detailed manner. By the end of the course, you will have given your knowledge of the tourism industry a significant boost, and will be well on your way to finding an exciting job in this global industry. So why wait? Start your next learning journey, today.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • List and explain the seven key reasons for travel
  • Describe how travel patterns have developed over time
  • Outline the six main types of pleasure trip
  • Summarize how pleasure trips benefit the tourism industry
  • List and explain the four main types of business trip
  • Explain how airlines and hotels can retain business traveller loyalty
  • Discuss the factors that are necessary for the development of a successful sun holiday resort
  • List and describe attractions that can motivate tourists to visit rural destinations
  • Describe the three types of cities and the typical tourist attractions found in each


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