Do well in 'developing UK tourist destinations'

AC 1.2 - Describe characteristics of different types of tourists


For this AC you will need to describe the characteristics of the different types of tourist listed in the content of the specification.

The characteristics of different tourist types that you will need to understand and be able to describe are listed below.


  • Purpose of stay – why have individuals or groups of tourists chosen to stay at a particular tourism destination is?  Is it for leisure or business purposes?
  • Age – are tourist destinations age specific? Why do certain age groups choose one destination over another?
  • Cultural – this could include tourists who visit certain destinations because they want to experience the different culture and might include traditions, food or language.
  • Socio-economic – are tourists’ decisions affected by their socio-economic situation? If so, how does this affect their choice of destination?
  • Interests – where would a tourist choose to go to indulge their interest or take part in something new? Learners need to appreciate that not all tourism destinations offer the same facilities and attractions.

Different types of tourist

  • Leisure – these are tourists who travel simply for leisure purposes. A holiday, a short break, a weekend away, whatever it is, it is not related to any work purpose, they are doing it in their own time and for their enjoyment.
  • Business – quite the opposite to above. These tourists are away from home on business. They may take part in leisure activities whilst they are away but the primary purpose of their visit is work/business.
  • Different ages – this can be broken down into   
    • Children – babies, toddlers, older children and teenagers
    • adults – young adults, middle-aged adults, senior citizens
    • Different cultures – people from different cultures expect to be respected and have their beliefs and behaviours understood. British culture is very different to Chinese culture, e.g. the foods are different, the traditions are different. Culture makes us what we are.