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Types of rail transport | Understanding tourism

There are so many types of rail transport used in the tourism industry. From high speed trains to funiculars, there are many different types of rail transport used around the world. In this article I will introduce you to these types of rail transport and give you...

McDonalds international menu: Why eating at McDonalds is more cultural than you think

Did you know that the McDonalds international menu is often more cultural than you might think? McDonalds has been a dominant player in globalisation and can now be found all over the world. Whilst most outlets do serve the usual Big Mac and fries, McDonalds does make a wonderful effort to adapt its menu according to the local culture. In fact, you could loosely argue that visiting a McDonalds...

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What does the World Travel and Tourism Council do?

The World Travel and Tourism Council is an important player in the world of travel. But chances are, you might not have even heard of them! This post looks at what the WTTC is, and what it does… What is the World Travel and Tourism Council? Founded in 1990, the WTTC is a forum for the travel and tourism industry. Made up of members of the global business community, the World Travel and Tourism...

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The sex hotel: What, where and why

Whilst many people are ignorantly unaware of the concept of the sex hotel, others are frequenting them on a regular basis. An important part of the tourism industry in some parts of the world, sex hotels give people a safe and secure place for intimacy and bring in lots of money to the local economy. In this article, I will tell you more about what a sex hotel is and does and give you some...

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What is a UNESCO Geopark? Understanding tourism

You may have seen the term UNESCO Geopark floating around on your travels. You may have even been to a UNESCO Geopark. But what actually is one of these and why were they created? In this article, I explain all... Who are UNESCO? When it comes to understanding what a UNESCO Geopark is, it is worth looking at what UNESCO is. UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural...

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The tour operator: What, why and how

The tour operator is an integral component of tourism, yet many people are unclear about what a tour operator actually or or what they do. In this article I will explain what a tour operator is and why tour operators are important. I will also talk about what the difference between a tour operator and a travel agent is, as well as the different types of tour operators. What is a tour operator?...

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Association of Independent Tour Operators: Purpose and responsibilities

The Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) plays an important role in the travel and tourism industry. However, many people are not familiar with what they do and how they do it. In this article, I will tell you all about AITO, their roles and responsibilities and why they are such an important organisation. What is the Association of Independent Tour Operators? The Association of...

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The best sex museums in the world | Understanding tourism

Whilst some people may avoid them like the plague, other people are curious about what the best sex museums in the world have to offer. From popular honeymoon days out in South Korea, to artefacts about sex through the different ares in Amsterdam, there are many popular sex museums around the world. In this article I will tell you what a sex museum is and I will tell you about the best sex...

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Visiting friends and relatives (VFR): A simple explanation

Visiting friends and relatives, often referred to as VFR, is one of the most prominent types of tourism. Whether you are a tourism management student or a tourism industry entrepreneur, it is important that you understand this vital sector of the tourism industry. In this article, I will tell you what is meant by the term 'visiting friends and relatives' (VFR) and where the term came from. I...

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What is a tourist? Tourist definition

What is a tourist? How you define the term tourist? Is there a widely accepted tourist definition? When we are and are not tourists is not always clear. Am I a tourist when I travel one hour on the train to London for the afternoon? Am I a tourist when I stay with my Grandma in Scotland for a week? The problem is, that there is no clear answer to these questions. In this article I will attempt...

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Becoming Cabin Crew: A Cabin Crew Textbook for BTEC, NCFE & City and Guilds

Having taught Cabin Crew programmes for over ten years, there is one thing that is clear- there is a dearth of teaching resources to help students and Teachers! In fact, I have been able to find only one Cabin Crew textbook, written in 2015, that I wasn’t the biggest fan of. So, I decided to develop a Cabin Crew textbook that has been designed to support students and staff undertaking Cabin Crew...

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Hi, am Dr Hayley Stainton

I’ve been travelling, studying and teaching travel and tourism since I was 16. Through Tourism Teacher I share my knowledge on the principles and practice of travel and tourism management from both an academic and practical perspective.

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What does the World Travel and Tourism Council do?

The World Travel and Tourism Council is an important player in the world of travel. But chances are, you might not have even heard of them! This post looks at what the WTTC is, and what it does… What is the World Travel and Tourism Council? Founded in 1990, the WTTC...

How to renew a UK passport | A step by step guide

Are you wondering how to renew a UK passport? When it comes to travelling abroad, there is one thing you need that is more important than anything else. And that’s a passport! You can’t travel across country borders without one, except in very particular circumstances...

The sex hotel: What, where and why

Whilst many people are ignorantly unaware of the concept of the sex hotel, others are frequenting them on a regular basis. An important part of the tourism industry in some parts of the world, sex hotels give people a safe and secure place for intimacy and bring in...