Tourist Destinations

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HNHM TOURIST DESTINATIONS

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
TASK 1
Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………..1 a) Compare the appeal of current leading tourist destinations with that of currently developing tourist destinations…………………………………….………2 b) Evaluate how characteristics of a tourist destination affect its appeal…3

TASK 2
a) Analyse issues that affect the popularity of tourist destinations……..4 b) Discuss the potential for responsible tourism to enhance the host community at worldwide tourist destinations…………………………………5 Bibliography…………………………………………………………………………………………7

TASK 1

INTRODUCTION
In this assignment I will produce a report on Tourist Destinations of United Kingdom and compare it with Tourist Destinations from Costa Rica and I will evaluate how the some characteristics of United Kingdom affect their appeal to tourists. On second requirement I will analyse the issues that affect the popularity of UK and I will discuss the potential for responsible tourism to enhance to enhance the host community at worldwide tourist destinations. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is located in the north-west of Europe with an area of 242,514 square kilometres and a population of over 62.4 million inhabitants. United Kingdom (The Island of Great Britain) is surrounded by Atlantic Ocean, North Sea, English Channel and the Irish Sea; the only land border that shares with other state (Ireland) is in the northern-east part of the Island of Ireland. Available from: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/country_profiles/1038758.stm United Kingdom is one of the world’s top ten tourist destinations, with 28.1 million international tourist arrivals, ranking number 6 and 30.4 billion USA international tourism receipts, ranking number 7. Available from: www.wto.org a) It is not easy to compare the appeal of UK for tourists with that of Costa Rica because they have different characteristics. Costa Rica is a country located in Central America, with a population of over 4.5 million inhabitants and an area of 51,100 square km. Costa Rica is one of the oldest democracies in the world and it ranks fifth place in the world in terms of environmental sustainability. The climate is tropical, with two seasons: the dry season and rainy season. The flora and fauna have a rich diversity, with more than 25% of its land area situated in protected areas. Available from: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0107430.html The most popular tourist attractions are:

1. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve- a mountain forest with more than 3000 species of plants and animals 2. Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs- the most active volcano in Costa Rica 3. Drake Bay and Corcovado National Park- a popular spot for eco-tourism 4. Manuel Antonio and Manuel Antonio National Park- beautiful beaches and great biodiversity 5. Tortuguero National Park- the habitat for four of the eight species of marine turtle of the world, with beautiful lagoons and rivers 6. Nosara- a popular beach for surfers

7. Dominical and Costa Balena- a world surf famous beach
8. Rincon de la Vieja Volcano- an active volcano located in a national park 9. Grecia and Sarchi- located in the islands of San Jose, with picturesque towns Available from: http://www.govisitcostarica.com/travelInfo/10-top-destinations.asp Comparing the physical features of UK and Costa Rica, we can say that both of them have beautiful and unique landscapes and a great biodiversity; however Costa Rica is a popular destination for visitors interested in exotic countries with beautiful beaches, a hot climate or a great variety of flora and fauna. United Kingdom has amazing physical features (Lake District, Scottish Mountains, The British Isles, etc.) but the climate should be taken into consideration because a planned trip always depends on the weather. Culture is another important factor and although Costa Rica has an original culture, heavily influenced by...
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