Types of tourism (training materials)

  • There are many different types of tourism that make up the tourism industry (some say there are more than 130 different types of tourism!!)

    Of course we will not cover them all :) but we may try a few! Just for fun, we will choose three types that all star with the letter `A`:

    Accessible tourism

    Accessible tourism is all about making the industry accessible for all. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) states that accessibility for all to tourist facilities, products, and services should be a central part of any responsible and sustainable tourism policy. This includes making efforts for tourism to be inclusive for people regardless of any physical limitations, disabilities or age.

    More on sustainable tourism can be found here: https://tourismteacher.com/sustainable-tourism/

    Adventure tourism

    Adventure tourism is tourism which involves a degree of risk and is usually prefered by young people like you. It typically requires professional skills or physical exertion. According to the Adventure Travel Trade Association, adventure tourism includes activities involving physical activity, a cultural exchange, and a connection with nature. Some examples of adventure tourism activities include rock climbing, skydiving, white water rafting, mountain climbing, zip-lining and paragliding.



    Agritourism, also referred to as agricultural tourism, argotourism or farm tourism is a subset of the rural tourism industry. It focusses on agricultural operations and involves tourist activities based in or around farms. This includes activities such as wine tours, horseback riding, clay bird shooting, animal petting and historical agricultural exhibits.

    A comprehensive definition can be found here: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/agritourism



    Due to these unforeseen situation, we decided to add one more type of tourism - Virtual tourism

    Virtual tourism is the act of using technology to simulate a travel destination and its features. While it is unlikely that virtual tourism will ever replace physical visits to a destination, it has been used as a powerful marketing tool but also an extraordinary teaching/learning tool, as we all experienced in the past 3 months.

    It is also used to enhance the user experience in various attractions. Virtual tourism most commonly consists of sequences of film and images although it can also include 3D and sensory experiences.