Tourism is important to many places. Some areas value it so much that they become known as “vacation towns.” Las Vegas is generally, when thought about as a setting, a place to take a vacation. Other places are known to only become tourist spots for periods of time. Ski resorts in the Poconos of Pennsylvania are only packed in the winter (except for the ones that convert to a water park in the summer).
Tourism may also contain the category of nightlife activities. Some places are not open in the day, such as certain dance clubs. Movie theaters often increase the ticket price after a certain hour of the day and sometimes raise it even higher on a Friday and Saturday.
When these types of things are used as part of the story, it can work toward the goal of making the setting feel like a character and set the area apart from other locations.
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Question of the day: What is your favorite vacation destination?