In order to find better understand in the potential contribution of the definitions of leisure and tourism, it would be necessary to present the key approaches, that were used for defining the above two concepts. This essay uses the critical comparison of these definitions, that would reveal whether there is such relationship or not and which are its key characteristics.
In this essay different approaches are identified by the researcher, regarding the definition of leisure. It seems that the criteria used by theorists and presented in the essay in order to decide on the elements and the scope of leisure are differentiated are being influenced by a series of factors – referring to both the personal perceptions of the researchers and the trends or ethics of the social environment in which each of these definitions has been developed.
At this point, author divides the approaches used into four major categories. First one is related to a time period, second one is related to a particular activity, third one is related to the state of mind and the last one is related to a particular mode of action.
To conclude this essay, the researcher sums up definitions of tourism and leisure and reveal the points at which these two concepts interact. At the same time, these definitions reveal the following fact: the understanding of the relationship between tourism and leisure requires the reference to the characteristics of each of these concepts and these characteristics, as explained in this essay, can vary.