To carry out this study, we visited both Bourton-on-the-water and
Charlbury. I went round in a group of four people and we all came to an appropriate final conclusion on each of the questions/observations asked of us. However due to any inaccuracies, we will be given a set of results that are most correct in future, to help us analyse the data as accurately as possible. The reason behind using
Bourton-on-the-water for a study is to hopefully a contrasting pattern, therefore telling us whethere my hypothesis is correct or not.
Bourton-on-the-water is a major tourist town, with picturesque views set in the heart of the Cotswold's. It has a steady growing population today but the 1991 census tells us that there was a population of around 3500 people. Bourton-on-the-water is located approximately 28 miles north west of Oxford and roughly 16 miles east of Cheltenham.
A map of the position of Bourton-on-the-water
Bourton on the water Charlbury
Tourism is described in the dictionary as:
The practice of traveling for pleasure.
The business of providing tours and services for tourists
The effects of tourism are grouped under different headings, these are; Ø Social impacts
Ø Environmental impacts
Ø Economic impacts.
In order to assess impact of tourism on Bourton-on-the-water, I will compare and contrast impact of tourism at Bourton to a town which is not noted for tourism but a similar size. Such a comparison will allow me to highlight the impacts of tourism in bourton.
Finally geographical theory asserts that tourism has a range of positive and negative impacts on the quality of life of