In the last few decades, the familial tourism has flourished all over the world. It is simply the mutual agreement made by two families to exchange their residences. This agreement is usually made through a broker providing a website displaying what the willing families can afford to another family such as residence, and any other facilities, beside the country/countries preferred, and the best time for this exchange.
A family is defined as any group including one or more adults and their subordinate children under 16.
Therefore, familial tourism is considered as E-tourism because internet is an important element in planning and implementing these familial exchanged trips which last 4 nights or more. Their preferences are beaches. Food, accommodation, recreational activities, prices and the family welfare needs are the main characteristics of this type of tourism. This type of tourism is lower in costs when compared to the other types.
In the UK, this pattern of tourism is 32% of the all the British vacations, 37% of nights and 23% of expenditure. In general, the number of family vacations in the UK is growing since the beginning of the nineties, but in a slower pact than that of the non-familial vacations. In return, the familial vacations outside England are growing more rapidly than it is in England. Yet, in spite of the popularity of the overseas trips, 59% of families still spend their vacations at their homelands.
Hence, the familial tourism is deemed such a promising market of coastal resorts, caravans, and camps, where families and their children can enjoy beaches, parks, and tourist villages.
Families usually seek the advice and views of friends to determine what the trip will be like, and its destination, as well as the search through the internet, and the travel agents to make reservations.
Time, costs, and safety are deemed the most important factors affecting the trip decision, destination, and in most case the family plan for the trip in the school holidays. Families usually require more time for organizing and planning for their holidays more than the other groups.
The ages of children also affect the decision when and where holidays shall be spent. Travelling abroad with little children may be difficult meanwhile travelling with the elder children is better because they prefer it... The suitable recreational means available for the children in a place make it the preferable choice of families.