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Investigate the attractions of Dawlish and the effects that tourism has on the town.

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Introduction

CONTENTS Page 1: Page 2: Page 3: Page 4: Page 5: Page 6: Page 7: Page 8: Page 9: Page 10: Page 11: Page 12: Page 13: Page 14: Page 15: Page 16: Page 17: Page 18: Page 19: Page 20: CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION The main aim of my enquiry is to investigate the attractions of Dawlish and the effects that tourism has on the town. Seaside resorts have different kinds of attractions, both physical and human, and the effects can be very varied. For example a physical attraction of Dawlish is the sandy beaches this effects the town in a mostly social way because it brings new people into the town, it also effects the town in an economical way because it mans that people spend money in the town raising it's economy. This area of Devon is quite seasonal and I think that the season effects the type of visitor for example in the summer families with younger children may visit where as in the spring older generations may take walks along the seaside, but the area can be enjoyed all year round. We choose to study this area of England for lots of reasons. It's close by so if anyone needs to go back to collect more information they don't have to travel a long way, because it close it means that most of us know a little about it anyway so it makes the research easier. We know the area is a tourist resort because we live close to it and therefore it fits the criteria of our coursework. We know some of the background of the town for example we know it has won a seaside award so it must be a tourist area. The area around Dawlish has lots of National parks for example Exmoor and Dartmoor, and the area is also near to the regional capital Exeter so that would bring in more tourists. ...read more.

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Because it was a clear way to show the attractions of tourism in Dawlish. Pedestrian count To show busy areas of the town and then relate the facts to tourist facilities. Because it was a quick and reliable method of sampling. EQA survey To show the effects of tourism eg: litter and how attractive the area is. Also to. See the relationship between the EQA and the number of tourists Because it was quick and consistent Car park survey To show how many motorists visited and where they came from. Because it was dependable and instant way to sample. Questionnaire To see where people live, why they come, the total number of visitors, and the length of time they stay for. Because we wanted to talk to real people and get their feelings about the area. Field sketch To show the area we sampled and to show tourist effects and attractions. Because it was quick and accurate. On the next page is my field sketch of Coryton cove it shows tourist attractions. We made land use survey maps to show the tourist shops in the area and the overall land use for Dawlish. We found out that the majority of tourist shops were near to the beach and the seafront. My sketch map is on the next page it supports our prediction that the majority of tourist attractions will be near to the beach. For my extension as I have already mentioned I would like to conduct a land use survey and questionnaire on the streets of Bath. I think this is a good comparison to Dawlish because although it is a tourist area it is not a seaside resort and therefore the comparison made could tell me about he layout of tourist conveniences in both seaside and town resorts. Also both Bath and Dawlish started off as Spa towns for the wealthy and this would also mean that the comparison was better. ...read more.

Conclusion

There were a few anomalies, which surprised me. They were taken in grid squares A3, C3 and G3 the results were far higher than we had expected and as a result we set about trying to discover why this was so. I concluded that they were either the result of human error while counting or an error in the data collection method. Also we found out that these areas were close to the hospital the entrance bridge to the lawn area and a nursery school. All this shows why there may have been anomalies. I could improve on the accuracy of my results by refining the way I measured my results. I could do this by for example in the questionnaire, question 1a, the groups are quite large, and there is a big difference between a baby of 1 year and a 17-year-old teenager. So if I did this investigation again I would make the groups smaller so the accuracy of my results was greater. The validity of my results was quite good, but for example in the EQA survey the whole thing was dependent on what your personal opinion was. For example some people might think flowers looked pretty while others might look more carefully and see that in fact they were dead and therefore ugly. This would result in two very different scores for the same thing this shows that this method of data collection was flawed. It may also depend where you stand in an area as to what score you give it. My conclusions could be limited or wrong because of the above reasons, so if I was doing the investigation again I would do the investigation over many months so that the results would be more reliable, also I would increase the validity of my results by doing it all my self so that the results would be all subscripted to the same persons opinion. Liberty Kathro 11EC 1 ...read more.

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