Contemporary tourists, tourist behaviour and flows
The movement of tourists with respect to both the number of people travelling and the geographic spread of where people travel has continued almost unabated since the end of World War II. Multiple reasons exist for the growth in international and domestic travel. However, critical are increasing disposal incomes and available time for travel. Yet there are also a number of other factors that determine both the generation of tourists from countries and their reception at destinations. This chapter will therefore examine a range of factors that determine the patterns, flows and behaviours of contemporary tourists. These will be examined at various scales of analysis and detail.