Tertiary activities Tertiary group provides services to people, like tourism, education,healthcare, etc.Characteristics: • Heterogeneous: Variety of services, different qualification of workers and size of the companies. • Tertiary activities are intangible or immaterial. They need qualification and personal effort in the workers to offer a service. • The tertiary activities cannot be stored. We demand a service when we need. Supply and demand are coordinated by the TICs. • Tertiary activities must be close to consumers. • The tertiary activities have a low level of mechanization. Many services cannot be offered with machines. • The world distribution of the tertiary activities is unequal. In some countries 70 % of the labor force are tertiary workers, whereas in other countries the percentage is 30 %.Classification: 1. Social services: are the activities related to the administration, education, healthcare, etc. Normally these services are offered by public companies, but there also exist private social services. 2. Distribution services: are the activities related to free movement of people, goods or information. Transport, telecommunications, trade, etc. 3. Services to companies: Some companies contract services from others: administration, marketing, investigation, etc. 4. Services to consumers: hotel and catering business, leisure, repairs, cleaning, etc.Activities: 1- Why are tertiary activities heterogeneous? Give an example. 2- What are the differences between public and private services? 3- What are the social services? 4- Give two real examples of each group of services: social, distribution, to companies and to consumers.