chapter  3
The geography of resources for tourism
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The concept of tourism resources is normally taken to refer to tangible objects that are considered of economic value to the tourism sector. The sector, and indeed the tourist, therefore has to recognize that a place, landscape or natural feature is of value before it can become a tourism resource. For example, the combination of sun, sand and sea was not seen as a valuable tourism resource until the 1920s, when sunbathing became fashionable, while the increasing threat of skin cancer is now causing perceptions to change (see Chapter 4).