Published on : Thursday, December 21, 2017
Big cities and places with attractions that are popular globally have long been the most popular tourist destinations. Even today, Chinese tour companies in Australia, for instance, mostly focus on the biggest cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane – and landmarks like Uluru. But modern tourism is starting to take a slightly different path, regional travel, which creates economic benefits for towns and also leaves tourists with a better impression of a country.
Many times, tourists are disappointed because big cities do not live up to their expectations. However, a study revealed that 75% of tourists enjoyed travelling to smaller towns when they decided to visit them as part of a tour.
There is no doubt that major cities are still attractive and are perceived as the essence of a country for many tourists. Yet the question remains: are these cities actually showing the “real country”?
In the past five years, tourism has seen major changes. Large numbers of travellers have lost interest in cookie-cutter restaurants, lodging and attractions. Instead, they want local food, local attractions and connection to the lifestyles of local people. And the best places to experience that are often small local towns and villages. Life here hasn’t yet been adapted to tourist needs and there is an air of authenticity. Hence, tourists now are showing a lot of interest in touring lesser known destinations.