Survey to assess impact of tourism on Abingdon starts

First published in Business news

A GROUNDBREAKING project to assess the impact of tourism on Abingdon has been launched.

Businesses and members of the public are being urged to take part in market research which not only aims to gauge the number of tourists visiting the town and where they come from but also what can be done to attract more, in a bid to boost its economy.

The initiative is the brainchild of the Choose Abingdon Partnership, an organisation made up of civic and business leaders, which has called in national charities Hidden Britain and Action for Market Towns to help build the picture.

Paul Townsend, president of the Abingdon Chamber of Commerce and board member of the partnership, said: “At the moment we don’t know what impact tourism is having. No recent survey has been carried out and we don’t know who the tourists are and why they come here.

“The survey is looking at who is coming to Abingdon and what suggestions they have to improve it. We just want to make sure we are going down the right track.”

Mr Townsend stressed how much there was for tourists to see such as the newly revamped museum, which has undergone a £3m refit, the Thames and the Abbey ruins.

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To take part in the survey, email heather.brown@chooseabingdon.co.uk

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8:49pm Thu 28 Jun 12

Dr D Prest says...

I'd like to suggest a 'Spot The Tourist' competition as an alternative groundbreaking brainchild.
I'd like to suggest a 'Spot The Tourist' competition as an alternative groundbreaking brainchild. Dr D Prest
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12:36pm Fri 29 Jun 12

Jacks son says...

Brilliant, and at last. Hopefully, some of the ideas that have previously been suggested by various members of the comunity for 'free' will finally be picked up upon...now that those same ideas/information gathering can be done at a cost. A couple of years behind the curve...but still, a step in the right direction I guess...
Brilliant, and at last. Hopefully, some of the ideas that have previously been suggested by various members of the comunity for 'free' will finally be picked up upon...now that those same ideas/information gathering can be done at a cost. A couple of years behind the curve...but still, a step in the right direction I guess... Jacks son
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