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Domestic tourism is tourism involving residents of one country traveling only within that country.[1] Such a vacation is known as a domestic vacation (British: domestic holiday or holiday at home). For large countries with limited skill in foreign languages, for example Russia, Brazil, Canada, Australia, United States, China and India, domestic tourism plays a very large role in the total tourism sector.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic tourism increased significantly, as countries closed their airports to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Jobs and businesses were lost as a result of the general decline of tourism.[2]

In British English this may also be called a staycation, a portmanteau of "stay" and "vacation", although this is not to be confused the concept of a vacation in which one stays overnight at their own home. The use of the term "staycation" to refer to a domestic holiday was popularized in the late 2000s by its use in the British media in their reporting of the increase in such tourism during the Great Recession[3][4] when the weakness in the pound made travel abroad more expensive.

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  1. ^ "Recommendations on Tourism Statistics" (PDF). Statistical Papers. M. New York: United Nations (83): 5. 1994. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  2. ^ Stacey, Jane (December 14, 2020). "Rebuilding tourism for the future: COVID-19 policy responses and recovery". OECD. Archived from the original on May 23, 2023.
  3. ^ "Rallying call for UK 'staycation'". BBC News. Retrieved 26 September 2022.
  4. ^ "UK holidaymakers opt for a 'staycation' in the Britain". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 September 2022.