Tourism is an important, even vital, source of income for many countries. From year to year its significance grows and takes the world’s economy to a whole new level. Its importance was recognized in the Manila Declaration on World Tourism of 1980 as “an activity essential to the life of nations because of its direct effects on the social, cultural, educational, and economic sectors of national societies and on their international relations”. Tourism brings in large amounts of income to a local economies in the form of payment for goods and services needed by tourists, accounting for 30% of the world’s trade of services, and 6% of overall exports of goods and services.

1-stari-becej-nocna-gfmOld Bečej ship lock, hydro-technical heritage site in Serbian province of Vojvodina (Photo: M. Živny)

In the upcoming stories, My Way Guide will show you some growing forms of tourism such as Industrial Heritage Tourism, Ecotourism and Cultural Tourism in general.

murali-gfmAmong the most famous Political Tourism sites in Europe are certainly Belfast and Derry/Londonderry murals in Northern Ireland

Also, you will be able to read about some  phenomena which are gaining more and more importance as new forms of tourism, such as Political Tourism, Sex Tourism, Alcohol Tourism, etc.

3-soi-cowboy-gfmSoi Cowboy in Bangkok, “Mecca” of Sex Tourism in Southeast Asia


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