Leisure and Tourism

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The most common factor is that people are capable of moving from one place to another (mobile) and are driven to leave their present places temporarily or permanently. Reasons for traveling may seem unlimited like the desire to go to a place where they can have good exposure to the sun, desert, forest, shrines, cathedrals, museums, mountains, parks, rivers and etc. (Riegner, 1992). Though people may have more money because of the emergence of different jobs, it resulted in the scarcity in the available or free-time to engage in leisure and recreational activities like traveling to different places (McDonald and Murphy, 2008).

In general, tourism is defined as a brief trip that is meant to bring pleasure to an individual, which for others, it means work. Obviously, this involves the place for destination (Apostolopoulos et al, 1984). The subject matter of tourism, which is the tourist, was technically defined by the International Union of Official Travel Organization (IUOTO) as approved by the World Tourist Organizations as temporary visitors who are settling in the destined country for at least twenty-four hours, whose travel was classified into the following: (a) leisure (e.g. recreation, health, study, religion, holiday, and sport). (b) business (e.g. mission, family, meeting) (IUOTO, 1963). The given definition is mostly for statistical, legislative and industrial purposes (Burkart and Medlik, 1974). On the other hand, there are several sociologists who attempted to place a more sociologically sound definition to the word tourist like that of Knebel, Cohen, Leiper and P.L. Pearce (Apostolopoulos, Leivadi, and Yiannakis, 1996).

The term that is always related to tourism is the word leisure. People’s concept of leisure varies depending on the subjective perception of every individual. One’s concept is usually based on his or her actual or imagined activity for a particular time. Various researches have delved into studying&nbsp.the interrelationship between tourism and leisure during the previous decades.&nbsp.