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THE IMPACT OF TOURISM ON BARJAC AND VALLON PONT D'ARC

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INTRODUCTION In my coursework I will study two places in the south of France. They are Barjac and Vallon Pont D'arc, before I write my aim and hypothesis I will give you some background information abut the area and write about some tourism theories. The first town we visited was Barjac this town was very residential and was not to designed to cope with tourists; we knew this because the shops and restaurants along with the notice boards where not in English or any other European language except for French, this was a problem as many tourists cannot understand French. In Barjac there was a car park which was built for only the local residents as there was no parking for very big coaches which was a problem if tourists came by coach even if it was for a rest stop because they wouldn't be able to park anywhere. Also when we visited the town the tourist information office was closed which said to us that they had not catered for tourists. The second town we visited was Vallon Pont D'arc this town was very touristy as it had many shops which were selling souvenirs; postcards and other goods tourist like, also Vallon had many excursions which included a ride down the Ardeche River in a kayak also flower pots in Vallon where filled with flowers instead of bark another thing is the car park which is the total opposite of Barjac the one in Vallon was very big catering for more than 400 vehicles which included many spaces for car and coaches to park. Vallon also had a map of the town which was big and very bold it also had a notice board which in a presentable manner. Seeing as we are talking about tourism we should at least get to know what tourism is about well tourism is the activity of visiting places especially in foreign countries, for pleasure. ...read more.

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Hypothesis 1: The land use in the two towns will be different. As you can see from figure 1 I have drawn a bar graph. The graph shows the land use between Barjac and Vallon Pont D'arc using the above categories for example. The tourist retail category shows the amount of shops that sell products that tourists want to buy like souvenirs etc. The trend of the graph shows a fluctuating pattern The reason my graph does this is because the two towns are very much different from each other seeing as Vallon is a Tourist town and Barjac is a residential town and they both have different needs because Barjac is would need to provide more services than tourist retail and Vallon would be the opposite because it would need to provide more entertainment and leisure facilities as it is what the majority of tourists like to do. This graph can link in to the factors affecting tourism theory; as it could show the reason for the fluctuation. The reason for the fluctuation could be because of an economical factor as the population of Barjac may not be as well off as the population of Vallon therefore not many people can afford to open tourist retail shops as souvenirs can be quite expensive to purchase. This does follow my hypothesis as in my hypothesis I said that the land use will be different in the two towns which is correct as the statistics for figure 1 show the significant difference between each category. This shows that the impact of tourism has a great effect on the land use in these two towns as the tourist town has a positive effect on the tourist retail and entertainment and leisure categories whereas the Domestic retail and services category have a higher rating in Barjac than in Vallon this is because the impact of tourism in Vallon will cause the local government to create more tourism facilities. ...read more.

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So I have accepted this hypothesis because it is true as Vallon did have more cars and pedestrians than Barjac. Hypothesis 3: There will be a better quality environment in Barjac. Hypothesis 3 is whether there is a better quality environment we marked each location using the following Criteria the criteria consisted of: Beautification, Litter, Cleanliness, Accessibility, Noise, Facilities/Amenities, signage, and infrastructure we gave each location for each category a mark out of 10. This hypothesis I will also accept as there were many good things for each location for example in Barjac beautification was higher than infrastructure but in Vallon it was the opposite. Hypothesis 4: There will be a higher proportion of people aged 65 and over in Barjac than Vallon Pont D'arc To accomplish this hypothesis we used the Pedestrian count data this was a reliable source as we also put age categories next to the amount of people we counted, for example we counted 1 person who we thought was under 18 going toward the CBD. This information is one I'm going to reject as I don't think the information is accurate because we didn't actually ask anyone there age also I think it is not good info use because some of the people e counted could have been visiting instead of actually living in that town. The spider diagram below shows the limitations we encountered whilst doing the coursework. Glossary Tourism- The activity or practice of touring, especially for pleasure. Tourist- A person who is traveling, especially for pleasure. Signage- Graphic designs, as symbols, emblems, or words, used especially for identification or as a means of giving directions or warning. Limitations- problems which stop you from doing things Local Economy- The economy of a region or the economy of a particular area Hypothesis- A proposition or set of propositions. ?? ?? ?? ?? Aadil Hakim Geography Coursework 11L ...read more.

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