Geography Tourism England

Geography Tourism England

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Tourism research report
By: Beth Patterson, Teacher: Miss Peck
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Tourism research report
By: Beth Patterson, Teacher: Miss Peck
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Part One
Introduction
This report was made to outline the United Kingdom’s tourism aspect of the economy. This information will be used to create a tourism experience and select a good location within the United Kingdom for it to be placed. The report will also explore the advantages and disadvantages of the experience and to determine weather the positives of the experience override the negative impacts.
Tourism Statistics
The United Kingdom has a GDP per capita of $36,600, which ranks them as 33rd in the world. (https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/uk.html) The total contribution of tourism to the GDP in 2011 was GBP101.1bn or 6.7%. http://www.wttc.org/site_media/uploads/downloads/united_kingdom2012.pdf The main reason for tourists to visit the UK is to holiday (http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-269632) since 2002 travel and tourisms contribution to the GDP of the United Kingdom has decreased by approximately GBP10bn, however is predicted to increase to about GBP15bn by 2022. 30.8 million overseas visitors came to the United Kingdom in 2011 and spent a total of 18 billion pounds. The country is the 7th most popular tourist destination in 2011 and 7th in the international tourism earnings league. The top three home countries of tourists were France, Germany and the USA last year yet in terms of visitor spending’s USA took first, Germany second and France coming in third. The top five tourist attractions in the UK are the British Museum, the National gallery, Tate Modem, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. http://www.visitbritain.org/insightsandstatistics/visitoreconomyfacts/index.aspx
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Number of visits to the UK by Purpose 2011 |
Purpose of visits | Number of visits (thousands) |
Holiday | 12008 |
Inclusive in tour | 2038 |
Business | 7238 |
Visiting friends or relatives | 8841 |
Other | 2710 |
Source: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/publications/re-reference-tables.html?edition=tcm%3A77-269632 |
Design A Tourism Experience
Description
The tourism experience I have designed is the Roller Coaster. It is a light railroad track with many twists and turns, ups and downs with enclosed cars that is set up on and in the water on the beach at Bournemouth and Poole. (http://www.google.com.au/webhp?hl=en&tab=ww#hl=en&q=roller+ coaster&tbs=dfn:1&tbo=u&sa=X&ei=yYpNUKrtNqfPmgWFyoDQBg&sqi=2&ved=0CB4QkQ4&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=f9a118bdc8b945fb&biw=622&bih=707) It is designed to attract the adrenaline junkies from the United Kingdom and international tourists. It fits well in this location, as there are other activities to suit the same audience as The Roller Coaster in the area such as windsurfing, the Shockwave speedboat and sailing. The attraction fits well in the aqua-based region of the United Kingdom. (http://www.visitengland.com/ee/Places-to-visit/Beaches-and-Coastline /Bournemouth-and-Poole.htm).
The Roller Coaster will be a world known tourist attraction for many reasons. First of all there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world. This makes it exclusive to the region bringing in money to the attraction its self and other businesses in the region. It will do well both domestically and internationally. On a domestic tourism angle The Roller Coaster is accessible and not a long travel from other areas in the UK. Internationally it will draw in tourists who visit Europe, as it is only about 2 hours from the capital of England, London. This makes it a part of every tourists travels in the UK just like the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. The attraction of a water based roller coaster is unique yet appeals to many audiences but mainly young family travellers.
Location of Bournemouth and Poole, United Kingdom
Location of Bournemouth and Poole, United Kingdom
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Location of Bournemouth and Poole
Source: ‘Tactile Graphics’1996, SSC, viewed 10 September 2012, http://www.ssc.education.ed.ac.uk/resources/vi&multi/hinton/hinton8.html
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Legend
Location of Bournemouth and Poole
Source: ‘Tactile Graphics’1996, SSC, viewed 10 September 2012, http://www.ssc.education.ed.ac.uk/resources/vi&multi/hinton/hinton8.html
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Water – the most important element of the location. This is the base of the activity and is the main reason people would flock to the area for the roller coaster.
Water – the most important element of the location. This is the base of the activity and is the main reason people would flock to the area for the roller coaster.
‘Bournemouth and Poole’ 2010, Visit England, viewed 10 September 2012, http://www.visitengland.com/ee/Places-to-visit/Beaches-and-Coastline/Bournemouth-and-Poole.htm
‘Bournemouth and Poole’ 2010, Visit England, viewed 10 September 2012, http://www.visitengland.com/ee/Places-to-visit/Beaches-and-Coastline/Bournemouth-and-Poole.htm
Sun – the sun and warmth in the area creates the atmosphere around the Ride. This makes the experience a happy enjoyable one on the south coast.
Sun – the sun and warmth in the area creates the atmosphere around the Ride. This makes the experience a happy enjoyable one on the south coast.
Beach – this makes it a popular destination for fun and enjoyment. The experience adds to the fun atmosphere.
Beach – this makes it a popular destination for fun and enjoyment. The experience adds to the fun atmosphere.
Impacts
Possible Impacts of The Roller Coaster |
Positive | Negative |
* Brings income to other businesses around it * People will take part in other activities like it * Brings more tourists to the United Kingdom * Adds another enjoyable feature to the Bournemouth and Poole area * More international travel and knowledge to tourists | * Could disturb wildlife and habitats * Could cause pollution on the beach due to more people in the area * Disturbs beach views * Detraction from other activities available * Protests against it being built * Local noise disturbance while in construction * Chance of accidents * Expensive up-keep * Interference with local culture |
Conclusion
It is evident after weighing up the possible impacts of installing the tourist attraction of The Roller Coaster in Bournemouth and Poole, UK that there is more potential for a negative outcome than a positive one. This means that it would be best, if met with the choice, that this attraction would not be a good thing for the local region, the United Kingdom or the rest of the world in the tourism industry. Economically, socially, culturally and environmentally the water-based roller coaster would be a disadvantage in most possible paradigms.

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