Presentation on theme: "Encouraging Car Free Leisure How to influence visitor behaviour A presentation by Olivia Morris – Policy and Campaigns Officer October 2005."— Presentation transcript:
Encouraging Car Free Leisure How to influence visitor behaviour A presentation by Olivia Morris – Policy and Campaigns Officer October 2005
Introduction Rise in leisure traffic Why should we be concerned? Visitor Travel Plan research Lessons Challenges Questions
Facts about the National Trust Conservation charity with over 3.3 million members 250,000 hectares of countryside 600 miles of coastline 300 buildings and gardens 50 million visits to our coast and countryside properties annually 500,000 visits by schoolchildren Annual expenditure of £295 million
Tourism – a major economic sector £74 billion Employs 2.2 million people 8% of working population In Cornwall tourism contributes 24% of its GDP – 5 X national average Worth up to £100 billion by 2010
The rise in leisure travel in the UK Traffic to increase by around 25% on non-urban roads between 2000 and 2010 Congestion to increase by 35% in rural areas 7 out of 10 tourism day trips and 8 out of 10 holiday visits are currently made by car Distance travelled for day trips in the UK has increased by a 1/3 since 1985
Tackling leisure traffic because: Undermines the asset base Undermines the tourism experience Costs of management creates opportunities for income generation Contributes to rural regeneration Leisure travel highly sensitive to motoring costs
Why is the Trust interested? AGM resolution: To reduce the proportion of property visits by car from 90% to 60% by 2020 Traffic and car parking are major operational issues eg maintenance of car parking Implications for business, social and conservation objectives Participated in over 28 car free travel schemes
HOWEVER Trust itself a major traffic generator 96% visitors came by car in 2004 Piecemeal involvement No strategy Barriers to visitor travel plans e.g. funding, capacity, accessibility
The aim of the visitor travel research Identify the key lessons learnt so far from travel planning Begin to develop guidance on visitor travel plans
Research outputs 12 Case studies Develop framework for an effective visitor travel plan Summarise business case Summarise priorities for action List recommendations for government support
Visitor Travel Plan Like other travel plans – a site specific package of measures to make it easier to reach the site by public transport, walking and cycling Combines both hard measures – new services and site improvements with soft measures such as awareness raising and marketing.
Applying the lessons from successful school and workplace travel plans Dedicated staff time and senior support Partnership working e.g. with transport operators and local authorities Promotion, marketing and awareness raising Financial incentives e.g. discounted travel Parking restraint e.g. restrictions or charges BUT THERE ARE DIFFERENCES…
Special opportunities for visitor travel plans Promote green travel through the existing marketing strategy Leisure providers are already in the business of telling people how to get to their sites !
Special opportunities for visitor travel plans Offer travel as a treat Fal River Links scheme in Cornwall links boats, buses and attractions (such as Trelissick Garden) Breeze up to the Downs – 750 passengers a day
Special opportunities for visitor travel plans Target leisure cyclists and walkers Make links with walking networks and National Cycle Network.
Special opportunities for visitor travel plans Build on partnership potential Leisure sites can offer public transport operators the chance to grow off-peak travel Attractions can work together to offer combined days out
Special opportunities for visitor travel plans Everyone likes Carrots, Rewards and incentives Offer discounts on admission, 2for1 deals - or a free cup of tea! Provide safe storage for heavy bags and cycling equipment and cycle parking facilities
Is there really much potential for change?
Challenges ahead Improve the infrastructure Create viable services Growing emphasis on road pricing and smarter choice measures needs better understanding of leisure travel Need for stable revenue funding critical Wide spread culture change in travel behaviour needed
Questions for ECCOMM Best practice? Barriers? Solutions? Are travel plans needed? What enables leisure destinations to develop travel plans for visitors? What changes visitor behaviour?