The Paradigms Of Tourism And The Nature Of Society And Space, Across Spatial And Sociological Themes

1989 Words Dec 11th, 2016 8 Pages
Mobility is the ability or means and accessibility of people and materials to travel across space. Therefore, mobility can be socially constitutive and socially constructed meaning mobilities both shape and are constructed by society and space. Tourists are highly mobile, they travel to, around and back to their home location from their destination, thus tourism and mobility are closely related and interlink with one another. This essay will analyse and examine how the paradigms of tourist mobilities shape aspects and the nature of society and space, across spatial and sociological themes.

Tourism is one of the world’s largest industries and is growing, with 21 million more overnight international tourist arrivals between January and June 2016 than the same period in 2015 (World Tourism Organisation, 2016). Figure 1 below illustrates the long-term trend of increasing levels of tourism, and that tourism is continually the primary reason to travel into the UK suggesting that tourists use mobility more than other reasons to travel internationally (Office for National Statistics, 2016). Perhaps the primary reason as to why tourist mobility is growing is that People have greater access to travel due to the global trend of rising living standards and growth of transport infrastructure, allowing more people to become and travel as tourists. The new mobilities paradigm suggests that society is constructed from the mobilities of people, objects, information and materials,…

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