'Road tourism' defined: “Predominantly self-drive, but also service-provided, vehicular travel by road, involving a journey between single or multiple destinations and stopover locations - and able to be undertaken on a point to point, hub and spoke, looped or side trail basis." - Bruce Dickson (TDS)
Road tourism (and Self-Drive Tourism) 'Road tourism' defined "Predominantly self-drive, but also service-provided, vehicular travel by road, involving a journey between single or multiple destinations and stopover locations - and able to be undertaken on a point to point, hub and spoke, looped or side trail basis." - Bruce Dickson, TDS, Regional tourism lifeline (and strategic opportunity)   Regional tourism growth and development have long relied on drive or road tourism, including self-drive and coach driven travel options.    In reality, visitor access via highways and link roads has come to represent the basic tourism lifeline for most rural and coastal destinations ... particularly those without airports, or distant from major population centers. Higher fuel prices affect, but do not eliminate, this basic truth.   And while some travel routes have been officially designated as scenic byways, scenic drives or touring routes, it is still surprising to find that a more strategic  and traveler-focused approach to acknowledging and fostering the wider context & role of road tourism has not been adopted in many regions and states. When scenic routes & themed trails are the focus, the world’s most successful tourist drives are those that are truly absorbing or exciting experiences in themselves. (And not just a means to reach a destination.) Examples include: Spectacular coast highways; mountain, gorge & desert drives; touring through historic regions or via natural wonders like California’s giant redwood forests. [...]
For most destinations, it is a basic tourism lifeline ..
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