The two islands, Sylt (German) and Römö (Danish) are more or less alike in terms of location (eastern North Sea coast) and natural setting (climsate, quality of beach, area). Whilst Römö enjoys the affection of both German and Danish visitors (the majority being Danish), Sylt is frequented by relativelyfew non-German vacationers, whilst the absolute number of nights spent by tourists is nine time as high as on Römö. This is basicly due to the far reaching train connections od sylt The kind of hinterland linkage controls the prevailing type of visitors: long stayers on Sylt - weekenders on Römö, whatever their nationality. The vtype of prevailing visitors affects the type of tourist facilities that are provided, and the level of comfort including the artificial extension of the tourist season (certain independence of climate). Once created, this mechanism is self generating and starts a chain reaction.
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