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Buildings and Places Where People Linger Longer

Encouraging tourists to linger longer is a concept that aims to enhance the quality and duration of a visitor’s stay, leading to increased satisfaction and economic benefits for the destination. This approach focuses on creating an environment that compels tourists to extend their visit, immerse themselves in the local culture, and engage more deeply with the place they are exploring.

To encourage tourists to linger, destinations can offer a variety of experiences that cater to diverse interests. For instance, interactive cultural workshops, such as cooking classes featuring local cuisine or traditional craft-making sessions, allow visitors to gain hands-on experience and create personal connections with the destination. Nature-based activities, like guided eco-tours or wildlife observation, can also entice tourists to stay longer, especially when these experiences are unique to the area.

Moreover, events and festivals that showcase local talent, music, and traditions can create a festive atmosphere that tourists are drawn to. Providing opportunities for relaxation and leisure, such as wellness retreats or scenic cruises, can also contribute to a more prolonged stay. The key is to offer a mix of activities that not only entertain but also educate and resonate with tourists on a personal level.

The architecture and design of buildings in a tourist destination can significantly influence the behavior and spending patterns of visitors. A well-thought-out design can create an inviting atmosphere that encourages tourists to linger longer and engage more deeply with the locale.

  • The aesthetic appeal of a building can attract tourists, making them more likely to visit and spend time within its vicinity. Iconic designs become landmarks that people want to see, photograph, and share with others, potentially drawing more visitors to the area.
  • The functionality of a building plays a crucial role. Spaces that are easy to navigate and offer comfortable resting areas, captivating views, and accessible amenities can enhance the overall experience for tourists, prompting extended stays.
  • Incorporating elements of local culture and heritage into the design can enrich the visitor’s experience, fostering a deeper connection with the destination and encouraging spending on local goods and services as a form of cultural appreciation.
  • Sustainability is another critical factor. Tourists are increasingly environmentally conscious, and a destination that showcases green building designs can positively influence their decision to stay longer and support the locale through their spending. Research suggests that tourists’ environmental concerns and their perceptions of green building design can moderate their intention to stay at a destination. This implies that not only does the design need to be visually appealing, but it also needs to align with the visitors’ values and beliefs.

By creating spaces that are aesthetically pleasing, functional, culturally significant, and sustainable, tourism developers and operators can potentially encourage tourists to extend their visits and increase their spending, benefiting the local economy and the tourism industry at large.

For a more detailed exploration of how building design influences tourist behavior, consider reviewing the research contributions by Astrid Kemperman (


For most tourism businesses, working on your buildings and grounds is a big deal. There is a lot of money and time at stake and can be difficult to know where to start. So let’s just start with a coffee.