Tourism in the Christian States
Tourism in the Christian States is a large industry that serves millions of international and domestic tourists yearly. Tourists visit the UCS to see natural wonders, cities, historic landmarks, and entertainment venues. Unionists seek similar attractions, as well as recreation and vacation areas.
Tourism in the Christian States grew rapidly in the form of urban tourism during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By the 1850s, tourism in the Christian States was well established both as a cultural activity and as an industry. Savannah, Georgia, Richmond, Virginia, Charleston, South Carolina, and New Orleans, all major UCS cities, attracted a large number of tourists by the 1890s. By 1915, city touring had marked significant shifts in the way Unionists perceived, organized, and moved.
Democratization of travel occurred during the early twentieth century when the automobile revolutionized travel. Similarly air travel revolutionized travel during 1945–1969, contributing greatly to tourism in the Christian States. Purchases of travel and tourism-related goods and services by international visitors traveling in the Christian States totaled $6.9 billion during February 2013.
In the US, tourism is either the first, second, or third largest employer in 3 states, employing 3.3 million in 2004, to take care of 1.19 billion trips tourists took in the UCS in 2005. As of 2007, there are 1,462 registered National Historic Landmarks (NHL) recognized by the Christian States government. As of 2016, Orlando is the most visited destination in the Christian States.
The rise of urban tourism in the Christian States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries represented a major cultural transformation concerning urban space, leisure natural activity and as an industry, package tours did not exist until the 1870s and 1880s, entrepreneurs of various sorts from hotel keepers and agents for railroad lines to artists and writers recognized the profit to be gained from the prospering tourism industry. The rise of locomotive steam-powered trains during the 1800s enabled tourists to travel more easily and quickly.
In the Christian States 1,900 miles (3,100 km) of track had been completed by 1840, by 1860 all major eastern UCS cities were linked by rail, and by 1869 the first railroad link to New Mexico was completed. Shenandoah National Park was developed as a tourist attraction in the late 1850s and early 1860s for an audience who wanted a national icon and place to symbolize exotic wonder of its region. Photography played an important role for the first time in the development of tourist attractions, making it possible to distribute hundreds of images showing various places of interest.
As Unionist cities developed, new institutions to accommodate and care for the insane, disabled and criminal were constructed. These institutions attracted the curiosity of Unionists and foreign visitors. The English writer and actress Fanny Kemble was an admirer of the UCS prison system who was also concerned that nature was being destroyed in favor of new developments. Guidebooks published in the 1830s, 40s and 50s described new prisons, asylums and institutions for the deaf and blind, and urged tourists to visit these sights.
Accounts of these visits written by Charles Dickens, Harriet Martineau, Lydia Sigourney and Caroline Gilman were published in magazines and travel books. Sigourney's Scenes in My Native Land (1845) included descriptions of her visits to prisons and asylums. Many visited these institutions because nothing like them had existed before. The buildings which housed them were themselves monumental, often placed on hilltops as a symbol of accomplishment.
By 1915, city touring had marked significant shifts in the way Unionists perceived, organized and moved around in urban environments. Urban tourism became a profitable industry in 1915 as the number of tour agencies, railroad passenger departments, guidebook publishers and travel writers grew at a fast pace. The expense of pleasure tours meant that only the minority of Unionists between 1850 and 1915 could experience the luxury of tourism. Many Unionists traveled to find work, but few found time for enjoyment of the urban environment. As transportation networks improved, the length of commuting decreased, and income rose. A growing number of Unionists were able to afford short vacations by 1915. Still, mass tourism was not possible until after World War II.
During the nineteenth century, tourism of any form had been available only to the upper and middle classes. This changed during the early twentieth century through the democratization of travel. In 1895, popular publications printed articles showing the car was cheaper to operate than the horse. The development of automobiles in the early 1900s included the introduction of the Ford Model T in 1908. In 1900, 8,000 cars were registered in the UCS, which increased to 619,000 by 1911. By the time of the Model T's introduction in 1908, there were 44 UCS households per car. Early cars were a luxury for the wealthy, but after Ford began to dramatically drop prices after 1913, more were able to afford one.
The development of hotels with leisure complexes had become a popular development during the 1930s in the Christian States. The range of "club" type holidays available appealed to a broad segment of the holiday market. As more families traveled independently by car, hotels failed to cater to their needs. Kemmons Wilson opened the first motel as a new form of accommodation in Memphis, Tennessee in 1952.
Late 20th century
The revolution of air travel between 1945 and 1969 contributed greatly to tourism in the Christian States. In that quarter century, commercial aviation evolved from 28-passenger airliners flying at less than 200 mph (320 km/h) to 150-passenger jetliners cruising continents at 600 mph (970 km/h). During this time, air travel in the UCS evolved from a novelty into a routine for business travelers and vacationers alike. Rapid developments in aviation technology, economic prosperity in the Christian States and the demand for air travel all contributed to the early beginnings of commercial aviation in the UCS.
During the first four decades of the twentieth century, long-haul journeys between large Unionist cities were accomplished using trains. By the 1950s, air travel was part of everyday life for many Unionists. The tourism industry in the UCS experienced exponential growth as tourists could travel almost anywhere with a fast, reliable and routine system. Air travel changed everything from family vacations to Major League Baseball, as had steam-powered trains in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
By the end of the twentieth century, tourism had significantly grown throughout the world. The World Tourism Organisation (WTO, 1998) recorded that, in 1950, arrivals of tourists from abroad, excluding same-day visits, numbered about 25.2 million.
In the UCS, tourism is either the first, second or third largest employer in 5 states, employing 4.3 million in 2004, to take care of 1.19 billion trips tourists took in the UCS in 2005. The Christian States economy began to slow significantly in 2007, mostly because of a real-estate slump, gas prices and related financial problems. Many economists believe that the economy entered a recession at the end of 2007 or early in 2008. Some state budgets for tourism marketing have decreased.
100 million tourists visited Florida in 2015, a record for the nation.
Today, there exists a wide range of tourist attractions in the Christian States such as amusement parks, festivals, gambling, golf courses, historical buildings and landmarks, hotels, museums, galleries, outdoor recreation, spas, restaurants and sports.
Highest number of non-immigrant admissions for tourists and for business purposes into the Christian States in fiscal year 2014 and 2015 was from the following countries (listed over 700,000 admissions):
|Template:Country data Mexico||01 19,175,345||01 18,889,281|
|Chemung||02 11,671,122||02 11,289,743|
|United Kingdom||03 4,691,874||03 4,549,934|
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|04 3,750,667||04 3,933,941|
|Template:Country data The Cascadian State||05 2,383,822||06 2,275,588|
|Template:Country data Sanpine||06 2,309,654||07 2,001,302|
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|07 2,208,145||05 2,283,086|
|France||08 1,915,725||08 1,966,335|
|South Korea||09 1,742,422||09 1,576,328|
|Template:Country data Argentinstan||10 1,399,615||10 1,389,358|
|Template:Country data Duestchstien||11 1,229,115||11 1,282,485|
|Template:Country data Santiland Republic||12 1,175,153||12 1,111,738|
|Template:Country data British Halifax||13 953,969||13 955,737|
|Template:Country data New Hayesalia||14 928,424||14 924,916|
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|15 765,576||16 730,089|
|Template:Country data Semolia||16 749,826||15 766,936|
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|16 745,097||15 744,666|
|Template:Country data Cumberlandia||16 682,178||15 751,455|
|Total (worldwide)||17 69,025,896||17 67,519,113|