Definition: Tourism and environment

Tourism

Environment is defined as the quality of life, living conditions of human beings and the natural environment with suitable habitats for animals and plants.

The environment is a factor influencing tourism demand. Since demand for tourism products is partly determined by the quality of the related environment, the environment can have a positive or negative influence on tourism. Likewise tourism can have a positive or negative impact on the environment.
Source:
Eurostat and Directorate-General XXIII of the European Commission, "Community methodology on tourism statistics", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 1998, p. 49
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