[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Study launched to examine turbines’ tourism impact  

Credit:  Northumberland Gazette | 09 May 2014 | www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk ~~

A study has been launched to investigate the impact of onshore wind turbines on Northumberland’s tourism businesses and visitor numbers.

Northumberland County Council has commissioned a two-part survey to evaluate the effects of existing and planned structures.

Northumbria University has been tasked with conducting evidence-based desk-top research with tourism businesses.

Through a business survey and focus group approach, it will explore whether there has already been an impact on tourism from turbines in the county.

It will take factors such as visitor numbers, occupancy rates and turnover into account and whether the presence or prospect of turbines will affect future investment decisions.

On top of this, the views of potential visitors to Northumberland will be the subject of work by Public Knowledge, based in Hexham.

The focus of its survey work is to gain a greater insight into the importance of natural scenery and landscape to tourists.

It will also look at the factors which affect a potential visitor’s decision to visit or stay in the county, whether turbines affect a potential visitor’s decision to visit or stay in the county and whether the presence of windfarms in a destination has had an effect on their holiday decision-making process to date.

The work comes after the county council last year agreed to explore the issue, following a motion made by Coun Glen Sanderson calling for research to be carried out.

Yesterday, the ward member for Chevington with Longhorsley said he was delighted that the study was being conducted.

He added: “There is a concern from residents across the county about the increase in wind turbines and there is a concern that these structures are spoiling the countryside and might deter future visitors from coming to our county.

“Because of the importance of the tourism economy to Northumberland, it was felt that it would be sensible to do work on this. I hope the study will come forward with its findings as soon as possible because the county remains under siege from onshore windfarm developments.”

Jude Leitch, of Northumberland Tourism, was in favour of the study, saying it will provide vital information and allow the organisation to better understand how visitors will react to turbines.

Source:  Northumberland Gazette | 09 May 2014 | www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.