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Chapter 1: International Tourism, Internationalization and the Challenge to Identity

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International Tourism, Internationalization and the Challenge to Identity
International tourism, internationalization and the challenge to identity
Marie-FrançoiseLanfant
International Tourism and World Integration

What is international tourism? The expression ‘international tourism’ makes for confusion. Some think that it refers to one particular aspect of the general phenomenon of ‘tourism’, and that one can lighten the text by deleting the word ‘international’. The term is used here, however, as a single conceptual entity without dissociating the word ‘international’ from the word ‘tourism’. This choice of terminology is fully intentional, however, and not a matter of the simple spatial extension of a phenomenon which has hitherto been confined within national limits.

The word ‘tourism’, as it is defined in dictionaries or oper-ationalized for example in statistics, has grown out of an idea ...

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