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Investigate tourism in Oxford.

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Introduction and Aims For this coursework we were set a task to investigate about tourism in Oxford. We were aloud to choose any question relating to tourism in Oxford. I chose to explore why tourists visit Oxford and what does Oxford have to offer to tourists. I chose to do my coursework in the city centre because that's where tourists mainly visit. Oxford is a city located in the south-east. The south-east has excellent transport links, including two of the world's busiest airports, Heathrow and Gatwick. It also has twelve motorways, 10 seaports and the Channel Tunnel, providing the only direct link from the UK to Europe. Oxford is only 50 miles away form UK's capital, London which all makes accessibility to Oxford very quick and easy. It is separated into several areas including Greater Leys, which is near the countryside and Cowley which is near the City Centre. It attracts more than 1.5 million tourists each year and is the third most popular tourist destination in Britain. Tourists spend about �60-80 million a year and 3500 people are directly employed in the tourist industry. However, it should be remembered that the city exists primarily to meet the needs of those who live and work here, and local decision-making should reflect this by putting the needs of local people first. ...read more.


A map of Oxford City Centre Data Presentation Here I need illustrate my primary & secondary data that I collected to help answer my question/hypothesis: Primary Data This is where I am going to show all the primary data I concluded. I am going to show Land Use Mapping (LUM), Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and a questionnaire, which is attached. The Land Use Mapping shown below gives you an idea of the variety of shops and building associated in the heart of Oxford: As you can see Oxford has a wide range of shops to offer to tourists and the public from currency exchange to clothes shops. This gives tourists wider variety to choose from. I then went into Oxford City Centre to complete a survey asking people about how satisfied they are with the facilities in the City Centre: This graph shows very few amount of people are not satisfied with the facilities in Oxford City Centre. I also did Environmental Impact Assessment tables for many different areas which show what state the environment is in. I focused on 6 main aspects, which I put into a table and then a graph, shown below: Focus -3 -2 -1 0 1 2 3 Litter / " V ? O ? Green / ? ...read more.


Oxford has lots of historic buildings and other attractions to offer to tourists. It has cycle hire facilities at railway stations and also offers on street information so tourists can find their way around Oxford easily. It also offers tour buses which take tourists around Oxford and tell them what the buildings are while they are on the bus. A minority of people are not satisfied with the facilities in the City Centre, which shows most of them are happy with the amenities. I think doing this study was very interesting because I got to know why tourists admire the historic buildings and why they visit Oxford. Even though I enjoyed doing this project I did have some problems when as mentioned before I didn't get all my minimum amount of 20 questionnaires finished because of the time we had to get them filled in which I could've filled in over the holidays but didn't as I had to do other types of research such as EIA. I also had a problem when I didn't know where I could find reliable information on statistics about Oxford. This study could be improved and taken further by comparing Oxford with another city attracted by tourists such as Cambridge. I didn't do this because I wouldn't have enough time to get it finished because of the courseworks for other subjects which have to also be completed. I could have also done more research around the City Centre rather than having it as the main focus. ...read more.

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