tourism

Tourism is travel for pleasure or business; also the theory and practice of touring, the business of attracting, accommodating, and entertaining tourists, and the business of operating tours. Tourism may be international, or within the traveller's country. The World Tourism Organization defines tourism more generally, in terms which go "beyond the common perception of tourism as being limited to holiday activity only", as people "traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes". Tourism can be domestic or international, and international tourism has both incoming and outgoing implications on a country's balance of payments. Today, tourism is a major source of income for many countries, and affects the economy of both the source and host countries, in some cases being of vital importance. Tourism suffered as a result of a strong economic slowdown of the late-2000s recession, between the second half of 2008 and the end of 2009, and the outbreak of the H1N1 influenza virus, but slowly recovered. International tourism receipts (the travel item in the balance of payments) grew to US$1.03 trillion (€740 billion) in 2011, corresponding to an increase in real terms of 3.8% from 2010. International tourist arrivals surpassed the milestone of 1 billion tourists globally for the first time in 2012, emerging markets such as China, Russia, and Brazil had significantly increased their spending over the previous decade. The ITB Berlin is the world's leading tourism trade fair.
Turkey.. - Seaside landscape of Turkey.
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Turkey..

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Grand Canyon - big canyon, lonely tree
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Grand Canyon

Added 3 days ago by sandra

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Holidays in Thailand. - Holidays in Thailand.
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Holidays in Thailand.

Added 3 days ago by Zeta

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Guinea pig? - Guinea pig? Bahamas.
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Guinea pig?

Added 3 days ago by Zeta

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House on the island. - House on the island. Cartagena. Columbia.
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House on the island.

Added 3 days ago by Zeta

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Beach in Panama. - Isla Diablo San Blas. Panama.
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Beach in Panama.

Added 3 days ago by Zeta

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Cliffs on Corfu. - Cliffs of the Ionian Sea in Corfu.
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Cliffs on Corfu.

Added 3 days ago by Zeta

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Pier facing the sea. - Pier facing the sea.
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Pier facing the sea.

Added 3 days ago by Zeta

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mountain landscape - mountains, peaks, town
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mountain landscape

Added 4 days ago by sandra

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rock formations - mountains, rocks, lake, shrubs
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rock formations

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A marina on the river. - A marina for boats by the river.
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A marina on the river.

Added 4 days ago by Zeta

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landscape - landscape landscape landscape
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landscape

Added 4 days ago by ASK

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landscape - landscape landscape landscape
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landscape

Added 4 days ago by ASK

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Nature.. - Holidays in Switzerland ...
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Nature..

Added 4 days ago by Grażyna

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seaside landscape - sea, beach, palm trees, rocks
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seaside landscape

Added 5 days ago by sandra

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Bridge in Mostar. - Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Bridge in Mostar.

Added 5 days ago by Zeta

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Cutter on the beach. - Cutter on the Baltic beach.
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Cutter on the beach.

Added 5 days ago by Zeta

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Holiday. - Colorful boats on the beach.
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Holiday.

Added 6 days ago by Grażyna

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Georgia. Panorama. - Georgia. Mountain landscape.
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Georgia. Panorama.

Added 6 days ago by Zeta

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Klodzko - Panorama of Kłodzko - view from the Kłodzko fortress
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Klodzko

Added 9 days ago by Elddrz

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seaside landscape - sea, beach, palm trees, beach hut
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seaside landscape

Added 10 days ago by sandra

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A garden full of charm. - A summer garden full of charm.
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A garden full of charm.

Added 10 days ago by Zeta

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Summer bath. - Summer bath in the river.
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Summer bath.

Added 10 days ago by Zeta

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