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Sun resorts develop in areas that have a very warm climate. Most commonly, they are found in mediterranean and tropical climates.
As well as climate, an attractive sun resort must have a nice beach upon which to enjoy the weather.
Tourists prefer beaches that are sandy with few rocks and have a gentle slope into the sea.
Every summer, millions of tourists from north European travel to southern Europe in search of sunshine.
The growth of seaside resorts in areas with a very warm climate has led to the decline of seaside resorts in countries with a relatively cool climate.
Some seaside resorts tend to isolate tourists from the native population of an area.
A snow resort is a resort developed for snow sports.
Snow resorts first became popular amongst the wealthy in the 1960s.
Skiing is the most popular snow sport and led to the popularisation of snow resorts.
By the early 1980s, a rise in the number of resorts coupled with a fall in the price of air travel made winter resorts more affordable.
To be successful, downhill ski resorts require good snow cover, hilly or mountainous terrain, tolerable temperatures and relatively long hours of daylight.
Snow resorts must invest in the correct facilities namely; ski slopes, ski lifts and “snow grooming” machines.
As well as skiing, snow resorts offer snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice fishing and ice swimming.
Scenery is one of the biggest attractions to rural resorts.
Many hotels are situated in areas of natural beauty and are seen as “getaways” in which to escape the pace of city life.
Some scenery is so extraordinary that it may be the sole reason that a person visits a destination.
Many people visit rural areas to engage in outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting and hiking.
From a tourist’s point of view there are three type of city; historic, modern and hybrid.
Historic cities are cities which have retained an old world character.
Modern cities are cities which have a contemporary character.
Hybrid cities are cities which have aspects of both modern and historic cities.
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