The Impact of Leisure on Tourism
Therefore, life becomes a buzz with all the activities and duties that people must carry out routinely. However, there are points and periods where these duties are finished and people get left over time in which they can do whatever else they please that is not stipulated by their schedules. This left over time is called leisure time, which Robinson and Miller (1963) defined as available opportunities that one gets after they complete the different necessities of their lives and in this time they can choose what to do since they have the freedom to. It is in this time that majority engage in activities such as watching television programs, enjoy music or read novels and other materials. These little activities are inexpensive and can be done without depending on others, meaning that a person can watch a movie by themselves, or read and enjoy music.
In the modern age leisure time has greatly increased with the reduction in the number of hours that various human activities can be carried out. With this improvement, people get adequate time to spend with their families and as such forging a greater bond between the members (Lee & Wu, 2013). In light of this, during their free time families engage in touristic activities. According to various studies on leisure, there have been reports of increased family values and the satisfaction gained from it. This has greatly impacted the tourism industry positively, since many families opt to use their leisure time together in various tourism destinations around the world. These developments are seen in the improvements made in the transportation sector as well as the infrastructure (Aynalem, Birhanu , & Tesefey , 2016).
Transportation is improved when roads are modified to suite the various travel needs as well as better and efficient means of transporting people from one geographical area to the next, while infrastructural growth is seen when the country invests in the hospitality sector by building and improving hotels, restaurants and promoting the entertainment industry (Lai & Petrick , 2010). According to Gursoy and colleagues (2002) and Jurowski and colleagues (1997) the tourism industry has been a potential market for the growth of the economy which has promoted the creation of employment, returns in revenue through taxes and the diversification of the economy in the local government. In 2014 as stated by UNWTO the arrival of tourists in the international market was estimated to about 1,133 million, while the income generated in US dollars was 1245 billion.
Majority of these tourists travelled for leisure purposes, therefore, enhancing the concept on the importance and impacts that leisure time has on the tourism industry (Liliana & Corina, 2014). This are acquired through education. This shows that leisure time offers a lot through the tourism industry and promotes better living standard in other countries. It is also evident that when people travel for leisure, they are attached to various activities presented in the destinations that they travel to. By using their leisure time to travel to the specific destinations, tourists influence a sense of loyalty within them which is empirically built on the concept of services and attitude that they receive during their visit. The various expectations that they hold are met and as such they tend to become loyal to the destination.
Tourists visit a place to enjoy the services and amenities offered with an aim of using their free time in recreational activities (Godbey & Godbey, 2017). Therefore, the host countries are persuaded to ensure that the services as well as recreational amenities are given in equal measure. In order for this to take place, environmental green areas are affected, for instance to offer recreational activities such as golf, a lot of land is stripped for this purpose, this makes the land intolerable for other beneficial and productive activities such as farming. Not only are sporting recreational activities comprised of golfing, but also basketball and tennis. These activities require land to be stripped bare for there to be basketball and tennis courts which tourists can use for their recreational activities.
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