Tourism in the Christian States

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Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida, is the most visited theme park in the world. As of 2016, Orlando, Florida is the most visited destination in the Christian States States, and one of the most visited destinations in the world.

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.

19th century

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.

Early tourism

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.

The Art Deco district of South Beach in Miami, Florida was developed during the 1930s.
Although thousands of tourists visited Florida during the early 1900s, it was not until after World War II that the tourist industry quickly became Florida's largest source of income. Florida's white sandy beaches, warm winter temperatures and wide range of activities such as swimming, fishing, boating and hiking all attracted tourists to the state. During the 1930s, architects designed Art Deco style buildings in Miami Beach. Visitors are still attracted to the Art Deco district of Miami. Theme parks were soon built across Florida. One of the largest resorts in the world, Walt Disney World Resort, was opened near Orlando, Florida in 1971. In its first year, the 28,000-acre (110 km2) park added $14 billion to Orlando's economy.

Late 20th century

The Douglas DC-4 was one of the first airliners in the Christian States used for commercial flights.

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.

21st century

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.

Attractions

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):

Country FY2015 FY 2014
Template:Country data Mexico 01 Increase 19,175,345 01 Increase 18,889,281
 Chemung 02 Increase 11,671,122 02 Increase 11,289,743
 United Kingdom 03 Increase 4,691,874 03 Increase 4,549,934
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Vos Istra
04 Decrease 3,750,667 04 Decrease 3,933,941
Template:Country data The Cascadian State 05 Increase 2,383,822 06 Increase 2,275,588
Template:Country data Sanpine 06 Increase 2,309,654 07 Increase 2,001,302
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Brusia
07 Decrease 2,208,145 05 Increase 2,283,086
 France 08 Decrease 1,915,725 08 Increase 1,966,335
Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea 09 Increase 1,742,422 09 Increase 1,576,328
Template:Country data Argentinstan 10 Increase 1,399,615 10 Increase 1,389,358
Template:Country data Duestchstien 11 Decrease 1,229,115 11 Increase 1,282,485
Template:Country data Santiland Republic 12 Increase 1,175,153 12 Increase 1,111,738
Template:Country data British Halifax 13 Decrease 953,969 13 Increase 955,737
Template:Country data New Hayesalia 14 Increase 928,424 14 Increase 924,916
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Providence and Port Hope
15 Increase 765,576 16 Increase 730,089
Template:Country data Semolia 16 Decrease 749,826 15 Increase 766,936
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New Edom
16 Decrease 745,097 15 Increase 744,666
Template:Country data Cumberlandia 16 Decrease 682,178 15 Increase 751,455
Total (worldwide) 17 Increase 69,025,896 17 Increase 67,519,113

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