URBAN PROTOTYPING WEEKEND GUIDE
Innovation in the Tourism Sphere
Tourism today is a multi-faceted industry with remarkably high growth rates, encompassing varying agendas, groups of clientele, periods of planning, and destination types. Innovation in this sector must lead, as well as respond to, the changes in how tourism is produced and consumed, bearing in mind the ways in which tourism itself contributes to innovative local, regional, and national development strategies. And the following are a few of the major types of popular tourism today:
Business tourism: Traveling to meetings, events, and conferences. MICE: Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions. This is similar to business tourism, with the addition of incentive tourism offered by companies for a job well done. Incentive tourism is usually conducted for entertainment as opposed to business purposes.
Cultural tourism: Travel for engaged, authentic experiences that promote an active understanding of the specific cultural features of a place.
Dark tourism: Visits to “dark” sites, such as battlegrounds, scenes of horrific crimes or acts of genocide and driven by varied motivations, such as mourning, remembrance, and education.
Ecotourism: Responsible travel to fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas , often on a small scale that strives to be low impact
Educational tourism: Tours or leisure activities that include visiting another country to learn about the culture or to work and apply skills learned inside the classroom in a different environment.
Medical tourism: Traveling to take advantage of the price or regulatory differences.
Pro-poor tourism: Travel dedicated to helping the poorest people in developing countries.
Sustainable tourism: Tourism attempting to make a low impact on the environment and local culture, while helping to generate future employment for local people.