Weighing in on “Tourist vs. Traveler”

definitely a tourist

Is it useful to differentiate travelers from tourists and create this hierarchy, as travel literature would imply? Or, as the operational industry definition suggests, is it all the same until you actually live somewhere? In my opinion, the UNWTO is right. Until you reside somewhere for over a year, until you are an integrated member of the local community, you are a tourist. You might as well embrace it. And, as the travel literature points out, your main purpose as a tourist is to consume.