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What is the impact of tourism on Aviemore?

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What is the impact of tourism on Aviemore? My project attempts to look at the impact of tourism on Aviemore, Scotland. With greater transportation, leisure time and disposable income, the tourist industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Many people are now spending their holidays visiting other places/countries. This movement of people has both benefits and problems. Aviemore is a small town situated in the north central Scotland. Throught scotland and even england it is renouned for its skiing facilities. It is one of the only places in Britain to get snow. It attracts all kinds of people. Many being tourists. It offers a great deal of out door activities. It is easy to commute to cities. Eg. Inverness. Wider Issues: Tourism is one of the largest growing industries in the world at the moment. Because there are so many people travelling regionally, nationally and internationally the study of tourism has many effects. Not only does it bring valuable money and income to the area where people are going but it also generates employment in many other related industries such as travel agents, airlines, restaurants, hotels and shops. Of course, tourism can also bring negative effects in that too many people travelling to an area may over stretch resources or damage fragile ecosystems. In areas like Aviemore this negative impact may be in the form of litter, congestion, pollution or an impact on a transport system. The greater the number of people that travel, then the greater this impact. The tourist industry has continued to grow rapidly due to a number of reasons. * Increased leisure time. * People have more money to spend on holidays. * Television and films advertise other places and countries to everyone. * Cheap flights and package holidays are now available to all. * Travelling the world when you are young is seen as a good thing to do. ...read more.

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I did not have any limitations with the secondary data as I did not collected myself and so I assume that it is of high quality. What are the attractions of Aviemore? This will enable me to see why people are willing to travel large distances to visit this little town. There are many reasons for people to visit Aviemore, for example, they visit for many outdoor pursuit trips, as it is a good base camp for excursions to the mountains. There are many facilities for visiting mountaineers, there are hostels, and these give a cheep option for accommodation. People also visit this part of the country to escape the hustle and bustle of the cities and to get some fresh air. In Aviemore there is also more luxurious accommodation to be found in places such as the Hilton. The people that stay in these places are the sort of people who will go for long walks in Aviemore's beautiful countryside. Although, it isn't just the rich that do this and as it turns out that is what most people go for. At night there are good restaurants open, which have good food. This is a potential attraction in its self. There are not really any spectacular man made features or sculptures in Aviemore that people come to see. Even if there is then it is totally out done by the local surroundings. It is now easier to get to Aviemore because over the past few years they have been improving the roads/railway and thus improving access. This will help Aviemore to advance from a small town in a mountain range into a nationally renowned town that the people love. My questionnaires show why people come to Aviemore. Look at the last page for a blank questionnaire. What is the land use of Aviemore? The land use of Aviemore has changed so much in the last 20 years. ...read more.

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Therefore hotels, pubs, shops, tourist information booths, etc. were all built. Land that was once farmland was taken up to do this. The sphere influence of Aviemore is a large one. People come from all over the world. As far as New Zealand and as close as Inverness. People come for different reasons and it is clear that Aviemore can offer what the people want. The Impact of tourism on Aviemore has been so vast. It has changed the way the town looks, the way the town works, the inhabitants' lives and the people who are attracted to it. I feel that my QFIs show some of the ways in which it has changed and they give evidence on how I obtained the conclusion. The main limitation with the project was that I was limited in the time I had to do it and so I had to collect data along transect routes and that might have given me a wrong conclusion about the area. Also I have not been able to collect data during different months and seasons as that might have given me different results and conclusion as more or less tourists would have been present doing different activities and that would have had a different impact on the environment. Overall I think my project is quite good, but if I was to do it again I would be interested to investigate different time periods and seasons and times during the day. QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. WHERE ARE YOU FROM? ............................................................ 2. HOW DID YOU GET HERE? (Circle) car train bus bike 3. HOW LONG ARE YOU STAYING IN AVIEMORE? ............................... 4. WHY HAVE YOU COME TO AVIEMORE? WALKING NICE GOOD EASY TO LOTS TO DO /CLIMBING COUNTRYSIDE FACILITIES GET HERE 1. WHAT FEATURES DOES AVIEMORE HAVE THAT MAKE IT A GOOD CENTRE? GOOD LOTS SUITED TO EASY TO EXCELLENT ACCOMODATION TO DO TOURISTS GET TO SHOPS Traffic count NORTH SOUTH TOTAL SITE 1 SITE 2 SITE 3 Pedestrian count NORTH SOUTH TOTAL SITE 1 SITE 2 SITE 3 ...read more.

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