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Tourism: Types of Tourism

A starting point for tourism research.

International Tourism

World Tourism Organization.
The World Tourism Organization is a specialized agency of the United ‎Nations.

World Travel and Tourism Association. 
forum for business leaders in the Travel & Tourism industry. Useful download and research links.

Office of Travel & Tourism (US)
Statistics include travel  data to and from Canada.

United Kingdom Tourism.
Travel and travel characteristics of those traveling to and from the U.K.

European Travel Commission
A 39 country consortium promoting world tourism. Includes statistics and a sustainable tourism link.

Pacific Asia Tourism Association
This site has two options for information. "Intelligence" and "publications"inks have statistics and articles.

Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2009
Produced by the World Economic Forum, the report ranks the tourism assets of the words country and the threats and opportunities that face them.

Eco-tourism

International Ecotourism Society (TIES) the world's oldest and largest international ecotourism association, great starting point for eco-tourism research.

National Geographic Center for Sustainable Tourism 
Part of the Research, Conservation, and Exploration Division of National Geographic Mission Programs. Offers links for tourism professionals, communities and travelers.

Big Volcano Ecotourism Resource Centre
The Ecotourism Resource Centre (ERC) is for students, academics, operators, stakeholders and travellers interested in ecotourism, nature based tourism, ecologically sustainable development. Includes tourism research papers, website links, and codes of practice.

Ecoclub: International Ecotourism  funds and sponsors original papers on Ecotourism and related topics. Free/online 

Adventure Tourism

Wilderness Tourism Association of B.C. 
focuses on issues faced by nature based tourism. Link to "valuable resources" and "useful links"

Outdoor Recreation Council of B.C. 
ORC  represents the interests of the full range of public outdoor recreation users of BC's lands and waters. Link to "research and publications"

Parks Canada 
National Parks provide a major site for recreational tourism.They also act as long-term ecological research sites.See links to "Tourism Industry"

Sports & Cultural Tourism

Canadian Sports Tourism Alliance 
The objectives of the CSTA are to market Canada internationally as a preferred sport tourism destination. Useful articles can be found by linking to "industry tools and reports"

Aboriginal Tourism B.C.
This site outlines ways to discover Aboriginal culture throughout British Columbia.

Heritage Canada 
Canadian Heritage is responsible for national policies and programs that promote  cultural participation, including arts culture and sport. Link to the publications page.

Hospitality, Leisure and Sport Tourism Academy Network
 A networking website for those in the education of the topics outlined. Includes case studies on-line tourism journal links and web sites.
Link to "resources" from the home page.

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