Great Britain is the largest island of the British Isles. It is situated to the northwest of Continental Europe, with Ireland to the west, and forms the larger part of the territory of the United Kingdom. The largest European island and the eighth largest it is on the third place in the world by its population. More than 1000 smaller islands and islets lie in close vacinity to the island. Tourism has become a popular global leisure activity. Tourism is vital for Great Britain as the income generated by the consumption of goods and services that cause tourists. These service industries include transportation services such as cruise ships, accommodation such as hotels, and entertainment venues, and other hospitality industry services such as spas and resorts.