The Importance Of Tourism Planning

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Introduction: Tourism sector in the UK is not only one of the largest tourism industries in the world but it is identified by the Government as one of the five fundamental sectors in the UK (Tourism, 2011). Despite of this, there is a gradual decline in domestic tourism in the recent past (Tourism, 2011). In addition to this, according to the government statistics there is a slight decline in the visit of foreign travellers in the last quarter of 2016, as compared to the last quarter of the year 2015 (The National Archives, OGL, 2017). Heritage and culture are the key factors to attract the tourists to the UK, especially London. This is because, London is a home of many historic buildings and heritages. However, in order to encourage the future…show more content…
Task 1: Business Improvement Districts and its implications on tourism planning A: What is Business Improvement Districts in tourism planning The definition of tourism planning is evolved from the past. Tourism planning is the set of action plans to be implemented for the better future of tourism industry (Notes, sp no intro 1). Arounds twenty years before, tourism planning concept was limited to the aim of enhancing the tourist review and experience of tourists which can support the improvement of local standard of living as well as improvement of the district. Later the scope of tourism planning widened. In 1998, Williams described the objectives of tourism planning such as structural planning of the business districts to facilitate conveniences for tourists, planning ahead about the aspects affecting tourism such as transportation, human resource etc., planning for conserving the heritage sites and tourist attraction for the benefit of local residents, and redistributing benefits of the tourism. He further adds that tourism planning is the attempt made to equate the demand for and supply of tourism services. Tourism planning is a political process, which may face the problem of coordination because it operates on different scales such…show more content…
It is an organized action plan which includes equating the economic objectives with the quality of life of locals, conservation of environment and conservation of the heritage. Strategic tourism planning is a part of tourism policy (Edgell & Swanson, 2013). Therefore, it can be said that strategic tourism planning needed to be included in the tourism policy for achieving long term economic and social objectives. Strategic tourism planning includes many steps, such as listing the main tourist attractions and developing and enhancing those to boost the tourism (Edgell & Swanson, 2013). This includes enhancing the tourism assets and maintaining the environment to improve tourism activity in the long run. Westchester, the central London borough is known for the historic buildings and heritage sites, which is the fundamental reason for tourists to visit London (notes). Therefore, historic monuments, sites and buildings are the assets for the tourism in London and surrounding area. These assets needed to be reinstated and developed in order to improve the sustainability of strategic tourism plan and attract the domestic and international tourists. This is possible to be implemented with the help of business improvement districts in practice. BID is not only limited to more private and public financing real estate and infrastructure development but it includes safety measures,
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