Tourism as a system

Authors: 
Vysochan O.

Understanding tourism as a systemic phenomenon is connected with the necessity of structuring the totality of its economic elements and relationships among them to solve basic problems that exist in the tourism sector today. A systematic approach is key to the effective management of tourism at all levels. 
In the work highlighted two main objectives: to explore the most famous in the world practice of economic system model of tourism; to develop its own model of economic information systems 
tourism (EIST) and describe its elements and the relationships between them. To do this, the article 
outlines the basic system model of tourism, which will provide a scientific basis for further research 
in the field of modeling of tourism as a global socio-cultural phenomenon and tourism from an 
economic point of view. In particular, models of tourism system such authors: C.A. Gunn, N. Leiper, 
M.J. Lamont, T. Tkachenko, R. Prosser, R.C. Mill&A.M. Morrison, A. Holden, C. Kaspar, 
A. Alexandrova, M.L. Miller&J. Auyong, J. Wall&E. Mathieson, V. Gerasymenko.  
In the author’s model of the tourism system used cybernetic approach to management 
with allocation of direct and inverse relations of subject and object management, as well as 
studying the effects of individual elements on the functioning of the system as a whole. 
The basis of the presented model are three elements: 
 – the tourism industry as a set of production and non-production enterprises and 
organizations that provide comprehensive travel demand: accommodation, catering, transport 
companies, tour operators and agents, tourist information and tourdesk, associations, etc.;
– market tourism products (services) as a “playground” for the implementation of the 
product that produces the tourism industry; 
–  the tourist as the end user of the product and the source of demand in the market of 
tourist services. 
The relationship of the economic system of tourism with the environment is achieved by 
the presence of direct impact of environmental, political, social, cultural, technological factors 
on tourism) and indirect (changes in the environment caused by tourism development) 
information links. 
In the future, we have the task to investigate in detail the relationship of the individual 
elements of the system of tourism, especially with regard to functional subsystems of the 
tourism industry.