There are many different types of tourists, which can be
classified in a number of ways:
By nature of the activity:
Duration of trip and distance
Business or Pleasure
Pleasure: need for change, see
* Culture (ethnic)
* History, heritage
* Nature-based (eco-) tourism
* Farm-based, rural tourism
* Personal development, health
* Visit friends, family
* Social status (to brag!)
By age/socio-economic group
Backpackers: 18-24 years, no children. Attracted to adventurous activity.
Consider themselves travellers not tourists. Generally well-educated. Cost
conscious. DINKS: Double Income No Kids. SINKS: Single Income No Kids.
Both Dinks and Sinks: younger people, between 25 and 35 years of age, no
children, affluent. Empty Nesters: Parents whose children have flown the family nest. Between
45 and 55 of age, well educated, high disposable income. Boomers: members of the baby boom generation in the 1950s.
Youths: Between 18 and 25 of age, not well-educated, low disposable income,
are used to travelling, (have learned it during the upbringing) and know how to
indulge 'the good life'.