Sports and Adventure Tourism

Sports and adventure tourism are the tourism categories that are now popular among travelers who want to spend their vacation both in activities related to sports or adventure. Sports tourism means traveling to certain destinations to participate in certain sporting events, or to practice and learn certain sports. On the other hand, adventure tourism refers to activities and tourist attractions that are not attractive or inaccessible to the majority of tourists. Maybe because the area considered remote or the activities offered is difficult and difficult, or travel is not suitable for most tourists.

The travel industry has grown rapidly since the 1950s: According to the UN World Tourism Organization, international tourist arrivals experienced growth from 25 million in 1950 to 684 million in 2000; International tourist arrivals are expected to reach 1 billion by 2020. Emerging tourism patterns tend to be more experience based travel rather than destination based travel. Tourists today look for unique ways to spend their holidays to find meaning through interactions with their surroundings. Thus, tourism providers offer more custom-made packages, off the track. In addition, the trend of an active lifestyle that continues to develop translates into many travelers who are looking for ways to integrate their preferences in certain activities into trips to new destinations.

When considering a trip, you should check whether travel insurance is applicable to your planned activities. Trips to remote destinations are best done in groups, especially for women. Weather conditions that may prevail at the time of travel must also be anticipated. In addition to these, be sure your travel providers have put safety measures in place. Finally, you should be aware of any medical conditions you might have prior to your trip.

If you plan to do a particular activity as part of a sports-oriented trip, first check out the difficulty level of the program you’ll participate in before paying any due. There are cases, for example, that activities were handled by instructors who are less advanced than their students. A physical activity that is supposed to test endurance might be nothing more than an ordinary workout in a new setting. You should make sure that the activities you are going take fit with your level of skill.

As tourism experiences are becoming more “unique”, considering the growth of sports and adventure tourism, there is an opportunity for individual providers of exceptional sports or adventure experience to out-compete mass-market tourism services. A USAID study for sustainable rural tourism in 2007, for example, found that adventure tourism activities favors sustainable development objectives, channeling economic benefits of development back to community members rather than to large foreign or commercial tourism entities. This means that when planning your trip, the choices you make not only has an impact the quality of your experience but also on the lives of the communities you visit and interact with.