Grand Station, New York City
Destination sites attract visitors for various reasons including historical, heritage, cultural and religious reasons to name but a few. Destination and attraction sites that come to mind in relation to visitor attraction feature such attractions such as animal parks and safaris, coastal towns and beaches or theme parks and religious sites. Grand Station in New York would not immediately come to mind when one thinks of tourist and visitor attraction yet it is the sixth most visited tourist attraction. About 22 million people visit the Grand Station annually as a visitor destination site. This report shall examine and analyze Grand Station as a destination site.
For the purpose of analyzing Grand Station in New York City, USA, we shall be using the definition of a destination as an eco-system of visitor attractions, with care being taken in the analysis as it attracts a large volume of commuter traffic. Doing otherwise would lead to an incorrect analysis since commuters
are not in Grand Station for visitation purposes. There are various definitions for a visitor attraction; a primary purpose of which is to allow access for entertainment, interest or education and should be capable of attracting tourists or day visitors as well as local residents.
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[...] Doing otherwise would lead to an incorrect analysis since commuters are not in Grand Station for visitation purposes. There are various definitions for a visitor attraction; a primary purpose of which is to allow access for entertainment, interest or education and should be capable of attracting tourists or day visitors as well as local residents.ii Another definition is a permanent resource that is man-made or natural that is developed and managed for the purpose of attracting visitorsiii. Taking the definition at face value will be misleading due the primacy of the purpose of attracting visitors in these and other similar definitions. [...]
[...] This threat was taken care of by designating the building as a landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission of New York City. It is constantly being renovated and restored, which keeps it in great condition, which is important for a functional, architectural tourist attraction. However, security concerns due to terrorism and crime in New York City have the potential of adversely affecting tourism in the city, and by extension the station, and should be addressed. Conclusion Ney York City is the leading destination city for foreign tourist in the United States and among the leading tourist cities in the World. [...]
[...] Recommendations New York City in general and the Grand Station in particular remain a popular visiting destination for many people. Well run and managed advertisement campaigns and constant maintenance of the station ensure it retains it ability to appeal to tourists. Development and maintenance of the station and in the its environs should also be made regularly with the participation of the government, private companies as well as the local community to ensure it is meeting visitors' expectations. Bibliography Swarbrooke J.(2000). [...]
[...] Journal of Sustaniable Tourism, 616-636. iv Pearce P. (1991). Analysing Tourist Attractions. [...]
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