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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.
Colmar. France. - Picturesque Colmar in France.
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Colmar. France.

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Warsaw - changing of the guard in Warsaw
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Warsaw

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romantically - French atmosphere, romantic
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romantically

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Charles Bridge - Charles Bridge over Vltava
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Charles Bridge

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colorful street - colorful street, painting
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colorful street

Added 3 days ago by Agul

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St. Petersburg. - The palace of Petersbursgi is full of luxury.
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St. Petersburg.

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Windmill and tulips. - Windmill and tulips in the Netherlands.
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Windmill and tulips.

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Council in Moscow. - Saint Basil's Cathedral. Oh, that's beautiful!
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Council in Moscow.

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Indonesian Bali. - Indonesian Bali. Magic place.
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Indonesian Bali.

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Gdansk street. - Old Town of Gdansk. Lovely.
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Gdansk street.

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Palace in Potsdam. - Europe. Germany. Potsdam.
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Palace in Potsdam.

Added 3 days ago by Grażyna

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Belgium. Bruges. - Europe. Belgium. Bruges.
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Belgium. Bruges.

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Taj Mahal in India. - Mausoleum of love - Taj Mahal.
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Taj Mahal in India.

Added 3 days ago by Zeta

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Palace in Lodz. - Palace of Izrael Poznański.
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Palace in Lodz.

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Bydgoszcz. - Bydgoszcz in the nocturnal version.
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Bydgoszcz.

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Poznan. - Colorful houses of Poznan.
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Poznan.

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Lake Garda. - Lake Garda in northern Italy.
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Lake Garda.

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Venice. - Romantic Venice.
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Venice.

Added 4 days ago by Zeta

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St. Petersburg. - Russia Saint Petersburg.
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St. Petersburg.

Added 4 days ago by Grażyna

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Renovated Moscow. - Europe. Russia. Renovated Moscow.
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Renovated Moscow.

Added 4 days ago by Grażyna

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Chelmno. - Chełmno in Kujawsko-Pomorskie.
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Chelmno.

Added 4 days ago by Zeta

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Rhodes. Greece. - The Old Town of Rhodes, inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites.
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Rhodes. Greece.

Added 5 days ago by Zeta

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Ludwig Bavarian Castle. - Neuschwanstein in Bavaria. Germany.
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Ludwig Bavarian Castle.

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Krynica Morska. - Greetings from the sea.
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Krynica Morska.

Added 5 days ago by Grażyna

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Cracow market - Cracow market, cloth hall
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Cracow market

Added 6 days ago by Agul

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Portland. - USA. Main state. Portland city.
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Portland.

Added 6 days ago by Grażyna

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Well. - Let's appreciate our tap.
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Well.

Added 6 days ago by Zeta

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Portugal. - Porto city in Portugal.
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Portugal.

Added 6 days ago by Grażyna

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priscilla - I like jigsaw puzzles with people
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priscilla

Added week ago by pri

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Netherlands. - One of the bridges in Amsterdam.
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Netherlands.

Added week ago by Grażyna

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Książ castle - Książ castle in the autumn edition
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Książ castle

Added week ago by Agul

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A beautiful holiday - Holidays in a nice and warm place
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A beautiful holiday

Added 9 days ago by Hhh

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nature itself - same nature ---- maki, maki
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nature itself

Added 9 days ago by Basiunia

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Ciechocinek. - Ciechocinek carpets of flowers.
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Ciechocinek.

Added 9 days ago by Grażyna

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Brandenburg gate - The historic building in Berlin is one of the landmarks of the city, designed by a German architect,
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Brandenburg gate

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