This topic will look at the concept of tourism. It will reveal its importance to human health, the economy, politics, culture, nature. It will examine the main types of tourism – international, domestic, seasonal and others. The factors that generate the tourist movements as well as the basic elements necessary for the development of tourism - resources, material and technical infrastructure, personnel and transport will be analyzed. The main features of tourism and the trends in tourism development as a whole will be revealed. The links between tourism and industry and agriculture will be analyzed. The notions of tourist demand and tourist offer will be clarified.