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A resort is an urban space that provides accommodation, natural and built attractions, and other services and that is used by international and domestic visitors and local residents for the purposes of tourism and leisure. Resorts are complex, multifunctional urban environments that differ greatly in terms of their location, purpose, size, development, morphology, and economic performance.

A resort is perhaps most often associated with the coast, the beach being the main attraction, and within the United Kingdom, this led to the term “bucket and spade” seaside tourism. Initially, such resorts developed during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and catered to a wealthy clientele seeking to take advantage of the health benefits of drinking seawater and sea bathing. Early resorts to develop include Exmouth, Torquay, Teignmouth, and ...

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