Investigating Factors that Affect Tourism Flows on a General Basis

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Investigating Factors that Affect Tourism Flows on a General Basis

There are a number of factors, which affect the amount of tourists visiting a country either for a holiday or as a business trip. These factors can be to a tourist's advantage but the majority of the time they will put the tourist off travelling to a destination.

Each of these factors can either be Political, Physical, Economic or Cultural.

Physical may be one of the most common factors that would affect the tourism flows to a destination. Climate is a prime motivation for mass leisure travel. Travel for business purposes, and to some extent, travel in order to visit friends and relatives is less affected by climate.
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Cultural attractions are another main reason for tourists to visit a destination; a lot of the time tourists visit a destination to see its culture rather than its weather. Traditional rituals and events, folk handicrafts, music and dance, religious ceremonies or sporting contests all are capable off attracting tourists and form an element in their experience of the destination. It is important to remember that culture is not static, it is dynamic and adaptive, and a vibrant society will constantly re- create and reconstruct its cultural basis. Many communities are actively constructing and promoting representations of their culture to attract the visitor.

Some tourists may be put off by a certain culture or the countries moral and social values. Sometimes it is hard for a tourist to relax within a countries lifestyle, for example an Arab culture is a difficult society to relate to, being with the way they dress, live and eat. Some Arabs can be judgemental about the tourists that visit their country because they may not be adapting to the way they dress, in most cases this is with the women.

In the Netherlands also, they adopt more tolerant attitudes to social issues such as sexuality and bisexuality, drug use and prostitution. Under these circumstances it is the tourists, not the hosts, who are likely to experience a challenge to their traditional moral codes and

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