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How much is local tourism developed?

Postby Lada » 2014-08-04, 12:49

I've just seen an article about poll results how and where people in Russia spend their vacancies:

46% - stay at home (main reasons: no money, lots of work, illness, aged people)
22% - at dacha
9% - go to Crimea
9% - go to North Caucasus Black Sea
6% - abroad
4% - another city or village in Russia

It means that 22% of people travel in Russia. So I'm interested in how much local tourism is developed in your countries. Does government support and promote it? Do people prefer to spend their vacancies abroad or at home? And what about travelling for week-end? I think it's very developed in Russia, many people in my social environment go somewhere for a week-end, like to a neighbouring city or hotel in the woods or they take bus tour to the neighbouring region. So, what's it like in your country?

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Postby linguoboy » 2014-08-04, 14:42

I encountred surprising difficulty finding a comparable survey of American workers. Searches turned up an avalanche of articles on how they're not using all the vacation time allotted them (mostly due to worries about job security) and far less about what people actually do with their time off. One study claimed that the percentage planning a travel vacation dropped from 81% to 65% as a result of the recession; I'm not sure how much that proportion has improved now that the economy is in recovery, but one word that did come into general use in 2009 was "staycation" (a vacation at home).

Those who do travel overwhelmingly stay within the USA. Most people who go out of state head for the Sun Belt, generally to visit the beach. But theme parks and casinos are popular destinations as well (and often located conveniently nearby). I'm not sure how common it is to have access to a vacation cottage or cabin. My extended family acquired one when I was in my teens and my mother is entitled to several weekends a year. When we were younger, we were more likely to go camping instead.
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Postby Lada » 2014-08-04, 18:53

linguoboy wrote:but one word that did come into general use in 2009 was "staycation" (a vacation at home).

I heard many times that Americans don't often go abroad or even don't go abroad at all. Though in Mexico and in Caribbean cruises they seem to be main tourists according to my friends who were there. And it's quite logic as Cuba for example is closed for them and the choice probably is not that big especially if you want a good service.

When we were younger, we were more likely to go camping instead.

Camping is a popular thing and I think is a must in most schools here. We went camping to learn how to survive in the forest, these journeys were part of lessons called "basics of the life safety". I still can't make a fire without matches though :ohwell:

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Postby linguoboy » 2014-08-04, 20:07

Lada wrote:I heard many times that Americans don't often go abroad or even don't go abroad at all.

For years, any article decrying the parochiality of Americans was required to have an appalled reference to how few of us hold passports. When I first went abroad, only about 3% did. But in those days it didn't require a passport to visit Canada or Mexico. Now about a third to two-fifths of all American citizens hold passports, but only about half that number have used them to travel outside of North America.

Lada wrote:Though in Mexico and in Caribbean cruises they seem to be main tourists according to my friends who were there.

Even if only about 15% of the US population travels abroad in a year, that's still more than the total population of Spain or Ukraine. 15.5 million of the 23.4 million visitors to Mexico in 2012 (according to official figures) came from the USA--although I imagine a substantial number of these were Spanish-speakers which might not be as readily identified as "Americans" as English-speaking güeros.
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Re: How much is local tourism developed?

Postby Prowler » 2014-08-06, 6:07

I dunno. I assume most people just go to Algarve or go to towns/villages to visit their older relatives.

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Postby languagepotato » 2014-08-06, 13:42

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Postby Ciarán12 » 2014-08-06, 14:45

From what I can tell (I haven't been able to find much, but what I have found corroborates what I would expect), the vast majority of Irish people go abroad for their holidays. I would say this is due to a) being a small country, close to mainland Europe with cheap flights available from Dublin to destinations all over Europe and b) there being a popular perception here that anywhere outside of Dublin is rural, rainy and not worth going to and the fact that warm weather and sandy beaches are fetishised (personally, I'm not a huge fan), which would explain why Spain (probably the Costa del Sol) is apparently the most popular destination.

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Re: How much is local tourism developed?

Postby Lada » 2014-08-07, 15:42

linguoboy wrote:Even if only about 15% of the US population travels abroad in a year, that's still more than the total population of Spain or Ukraine.

In this case number of Russians going abroad is about Austria's or Switzerland's population. But the poll was about summer only, many people go abroad in low season due to prices, as I did.

Prowler wrote:I dunno. I assume most people just go to Algarve or go to towns/villages to visit their older relatives.

That's actually interesting what people in tourist countries do during their holidays. I heard that Italians prefer Croatia as the sea is cleaner there for example.

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Postby Prowler » 2014-08-08, 5:07

Lada wrote:
Prowler wrote:I dunno. I assume most people just go to Algarve or go to towns/villages to visit their older relatives.

That's actually interesting what people in tourist countries do during their holidays. I heard that Italians prefer Croatia as the sea is cleaner there for example.

Algarve was really popular among Portuguese people a decade ago or so. Plenty of people bought a house/apartment for the summer in that region.

I'm not a fan of the beach, nor have been to one in a decade, so I couldn't care less about Algarve. If I'm gonna travel I'm gonna go to another country. Even though it's technically travelling and tourism, visiting a place in your own country doesn't feel like it at all. At least not to me. Plus, Portugal, despite there being some differences between each region/area, is a pretty homogeneous country, even though many Portuguese people will tell you otherwise. :ohwell:

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Postby TeneReef » 2014-08-08, 8:39

I'd say that most Croatian people from the interior spend their vacation on the Adriatic Coast.
I live in Zagreb now, but I spent all of July at my grandparents' in Istria.
Notwithstanding the crisis, many Croatians travel abroad: London, Prague, Spain, Turkey, India and Thailand are the most popular destinations. My parents are crazy about Turkey and go there 3 or 4 times a year. :P
To give you a general idea, older people prefer vacationing in Croatia, while younger people spend a half of their vacation in Croatia and a half of their vacation abroad.
I like my grandparents' village's wilderness and its non-touristy character:
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Re: How much is local tourism developed?

Postby Luís » 2014-08-08, 21:07

Prowler wrote: Plus, Portugal, despite there being some differences between each region/area, is a pretty homogeneous country, even though many Portuguese people will tell you otherwise. :ohwell:


Ever been to Madeira or the Azores? At least to me, both definitely felt like a different country... :P
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Postby Prowler » 2014-08-09, 6:28

Luís wrote:
Prowler wrote: Plus, Portugal, despite there being some differences between each region/area, is a pretty homogeneous country, even though many Portuguese people will tell you otherwise. :ohwell:


Ever been to Madeira or the Azores? At least to me, both definitely felt like a different country... :P

Been to Madeira when I was a little kid so I don't remember much, but it didn't feel like I was in a different country. Never been to the Azores.

I was mostly referring to mainland Portugal anyway.

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Re: How much is local tourism developed?

Postby JackFrost » 2014-08-09, 17:32

According to the CAA, which is a popular road-assistance company (its US sister is the AAA).

Le sondage annuel d’intentions de vacances de CAA-Québec confirme que sept Québécois sur dix prendront une pause à l’été. Et si le Québec demeure encore la destination la plus populaire, la côte est des États-Unis et l’Europe représentent, malgré une dévaluation importante du dollar canadien, des destinations prisées.

So, in summary, six of ten Quebecois are planning to take a summer break this year and Quebec is the most popular choice although the US East Coast and Europe remain one of the top destinations.

Here's the break down:
1. Quelle sera votre destination principale pour vos vacances estivales? (n=684)
Aller ailleurs au Québec 37 %
Rester à la maison 12 %
Me rendre sur la côte est des États‐Unis 11 %
Aller dans une autre province canadienne 10 %
Me rendre en Europe 9 %
Me rendre ailleurs aux États‐Unis 7 %
Aller dans une destination soleil ailleurs qu’aux États‐Unis 5 %
Aller en Floride 3 %
Aller en Amérique du Sud 1 %
Aller ailleurs 1 %
Aller en Asie 0 %
Ne sait pas 5 %

37% plan to go somewhere in Quebec.
12% plan to stay at home.
11% plan to go to the US East Coast.
10% plan to go to another Canadian province.
9% plan to go to Europe.
7% plan to go elsewhere in the US.
5% plan to go to a sunny place outside the US.
3% plan to go to Florida (lol).
1% plan to go to South America.
1% plan to go somewhere else.
Less than 1% plan to go to Asia.

As for those who plan to stay in Quebec is no surprise since it's rather a huge province (or country depending on your political bias) and we have quite a bit of beautiful spots to explore and relax. And yes, the tourist industry is rather well-developed that it's possible to have lodging in many remote places even just for the weekend.

Me, I'm planning to stay in Quebec and spend a week in a chalet next to the sea in Gaspésie. Just two more weeks of waiting to make that happen. :mrgreen:
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Postby mōdgethanc » 2014-08-09, 19:05

As for those who plan to stay in Quebec is no surprise since it's rather a huge province (or country depending on your political bias)
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Re: How much is local tourism developed?

Postby Lada » 2014-08-11, 9:57

Prowler wrote:Even though it's technically travelling and tourism, visiting a place in your own country doesn't feel like it at all. At least not to me. Plus, Portugal, despite there being some differences between each region/area, is a pretty homogeneous country, even though many Portuguese people will tell you otherwise. :ohwell:

Yes, it depends on the country and on the person too. I like any place where I havent' been before even if it's my own country, but... yeah Russia is not that homogeneous and it's not about climat or nature changes, rather about people having different way of life. There are Buddist and Muslim regions for example, having totally different architecture. And Kalinigrad region, where you go along the street and read "Konigsberg" on the manholes and see old but renovated fachwerk houses (only in downtown though). Every region has something to show and has its own history.

JackFrost wrote:37% plan to go somewhere in Quebec.

I wonder if it caused by high level of patriotism or low local prices?

Me, I'm planning to stay in Quebec and spend a week in a chalet next to the sea in Gaspésie. Just two more weeks of waiting to make that happen. :mrgreen:

I'll stay in Russia this year too, Olympic Sochi is calling me :ohwell:


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