Presentation on theme: "Hetty Byrne Visitor Values: Inspiring Change. Visitor Values What value do we place on tourism? We pay for visitor experiences – is our engagement with."— Presentation transcript:
Visitor Values What value do we place on tourism? We pay for visitor experiences – is our engagement with the natural environment not an experience? Is it time to change and charge? Or is better to enthuse, encourage, tell the stories and inspire visitors to get involved?
Visitor Experiences Big wows Organised Planned, with rules Often money in the pockets of global/national enterprises Little wows Self discovery & exploration Spontaneous Local economy & local distinctiveness PAID EXPERIENCES FREE EXPERIENCES
Valuing our natural environment Visitors to the Forest of Bowland AONB consistently state their reasons for visiting the destination are: Source: Forest of Bowland AONB 2011 visitor survey
A shared value: A Place to Enjoy & Keep Special
The right mixture to enable visitor giving A Valued Landscape: Unspoiled, hidden gem Visitors enjoy the simple pleasures: exploration, self discovery and Sense of Place Dedicated volunteers: keen to deliver community projects Committed group of tourism businesses: working collectively to inspire visitors to have a responsible holiday A driving force of passionate individuals: The AONB Team & Partnership
The active ingredient: The Tourism Business Network Aggregate blogging Wildlife website involving 20 green accredited tourism businesses www.bowlandwildlife.org.uk
The active ingredient: The Tourism Business Network Linked business walking routes to encourage car-free holidays
The active ingredient: The Tourism Business Network Individual businesses raising money for specific projects
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