Tourism is a mechanic by which outside cims come to your city to visit unique buildings, monuments, Parks and Plazas, and spend money in your commercial districts. Tourism can be a substantial source of tax income but can also create traffic problems if not managed correctly.
Tourists can enter a city through many transportation types, but when you start a game, they will have access by the highway only. Tourists will visit all cities, but their numbers are decided by how attractive your city is. Attractiveness is raised by high land value and unique buildings. Land value can be increased by building parks and plazas, which also help zoned buildings in the city to level up.
Upon reaching the certain goals and milestones, various unique buildings become available in the menu and you can place them in your city. They are a popular location for many of your citizens, but they also draw in tourists and increases happiness of citizens living near it. It's often a good idea to make sure unique buildings have good public transport connections, so roads around them don't get too busy.
Tourists also come to your city to see sights and shop. This can greatly increase your tax income, because tax is paid for every unit of goods sold. It also means that tourists want to get to your commercial areas and transportation should be designed to make it as easy as possible for them to do so. Tourists can come to the city by ship, airplane, train,intercity bus, the Space Elevator monument, or with their own car. For tourists that come in by means other than their own car, public transport is very important. The better tourists can get around, the more money they tend to spend in your city. The key is to earn and build unique buildings to draw in tourists, and then provide them with good transportation options inside the city to keep them there. Large amounts of tourists can also create traffic jams if they use their own cars instead of public transport, so you can avoid a lot of problems by giving them the means to move around easily.
|Available only with the After Dark DLC enabled.|
The tourism specialization can help boost tourism. For the Tourism commercial specialization, see Tourism Specialization.
Tourism Specialization districts should literally be built in your tourist districts, where tourists arrive (harbor, airport), where they go (unique buildings, parklife parks) and where it looks good (beach). They are hotels, which gets cims to stay in your city longer so they aren't traveling back and forth all of the time from the outside connections back to your city constantly. This way tourists are trapped in the city.
|Available only with the Parklife DLC enabled.|
Walking and sightseeing tours may draw tourists to your city.