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USUAL ENVIRONMENT (FOR VISITORS)

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Definition:
The usual environment required to distinguish a visitor from all other travellers within a location is difficult to define in precise terms. Generally speaking, it corresponds to the geographical boundaries within which an individual displaces himself/herself within his/her regular routine of life.

As stated in the Recommendations on Tourism Statistics, the usual environment of a person consists of the direct vicinity of his/her home and place of work or study and other places frequently visited.

Context:
It has two dimensions:

- Frequency: places which are frequently visited by a person (on a routine basis) are considered as part of his/her usual environment even though these places may be located at a considerable distance from his/her place of residence;

- Distance: places located close to the place of residence of a person are also part of his/her usual environment even if the actual spots are rarely visited.

Source Publication:
Tourism Satellite Account: Recommended Methodological Framework, Eurostat, OECD, WTO, UNSD, 2001, para 2.6.

Statistical Theme: Industry and services statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Monday, March 17, 2003