Leisure, Tourism and Sport

How is tourism different from leisure? How can chess be a sport? Why are people travelling more and what impact is this having on the environment?

What we do in our free time is often seen as an entirely personal choice. It’s our free time after all – what right does anyone have to dictate how we behave?

But whatever activity you do, you’re having in an impact on someone else and the environment. So what happens when millions of people begin to travel the world in search of adventure? What happens when thousands of people descend on a picturesque location? And what happens when millions more spend their lives sitting in front of their TV?

The changes in tourism, sport and leisure have important consequences for health, pollution, globalisation, and more. So, prepare to feel guilty about that quick weekend getaway…