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E3 A full explanation of the present structure of the UK Travel and Tourism Industry, giving suitable examples In this section of my coursework, I am going to investigate the scale of the UK Travel and Tourism industry. I will be looking at:- * Tourist Attractions * Accommodation and Catering * Tourism development and promotion * Transportation * Travel Agents, in terms of multiples, independents and functions and products * Tour Operations, in terms of mass market, specialist and domestic incoming Tourist Attractions Tourist attractions are a vital component in the UK travel and tourism industry. There was an estimated 396 million visits to UK tourist attractions in 1998. Some attractions are run by the private sector for profit, like Madame Tussaud's and others are run by the public sector. There are many different types of attraction in the UK ranging from small heritage sites to major leisure centres and theme parks. A lot of people like to travel to a place with a cluster of attractions like Blackpool, it has the fair ground, ice-skating rink, shops, The Sandcastle water park and many other attractions so people prefer to go to somewhere with a lot of different things to do and choose from rather than go to a destination that has only one kind of entertainment. ...read more.


Accommodation is available in a variety of different levels of quality and service. Serviced accommodation Serviced accommodation vary hugely in terms of their size, for example small, (ten rooms or fewer) medium (eleven to fifty rooms) or large (more than fifty rooms) turnover, for example less that �100,000. �100,000-�499,999. �500,000-�999,999. Or �1 million and over or the services they provide such as restaurants, gyms, spas, leisure complex, maid service etc. Self-Catering accommodation Wide ranges of self-catering facilities are available throughout the UK. Holiday homes and cottages are often rented out per week and for that you get your accommodation, then on top of that you have to provide your own meals. Caravan parks, campsites, chalets and time share properties all have the option of accommodation only, which is self-catering accommodation. Butlins and Pontins among other companies have all come up with a great plan. They provide self-catering accommodation, within a resort that includes many fast food outlets, restaurants and snack bars, along with day and night entertainment, kids clubs, swimming pools and many other activities. So although you are using their self-catering facilities, you often end up buying your food from their resort anyway. ...read more.


Sea transportation The most common modes of sea transport are ferries, cruise ships, hovercraft, riverboats and narrow boats. The UK has many seaports, the main ones being Dover, Folkestone and Portsmouth, with ferry routes to France and Northern Spain. There are two main categories within sea travel. Ferries and cruises. Cross channel ferries transport people, cars and lorries and provide facilities such as shops, restaurants and children's play areas. Cruise ships are often described as floating 5-star hotels. Basically you get everything that you'd expect from a holiday resort, upon one boat. Air transportation The most common modes of air transport are scheduled flights, charter holiday flights and air taxis (helicopter or plane). Air travel falls into two main categories, scheduled and charter flights. Scheduled flights have timetables, which they do their best to stick to whether or not the seats are actually filled. These tend to be more expensive flights. If you are going on a package holiday, which uses seats on a scheduled flight, it is referred to as inclusive tours by excursion. Charter flights are when the aircraft are booked for a specific destination and length of time. Package holidays using chartered flights are referred to as inclusive tours by charter. Travel Agents, in terms of multiples, independents and functions and products Tour Operations, in terms of mass market, specialist and domestic incoming ...read more.

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