Providing Public Transport for Tourists in Rural Areas

Guiver, Jo W orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-6126-3662, Weston, Richard orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-2411-6019, Davies, Nicholas James orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-9889-1205, McGrath, Peter and Pulido-ortega, Aurora (2013) Providing Public Transport for Tourists in Rural Areas. In: International Conference on Rural Tourism, 4th-7th September 2013, Aveiro, Portugal.

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Travel, both to the destination area and within the area, accounts for a high proportion of tourism’s emissions. Yet, relatively little attention has been directed at reducing emissions through encouraging visitors to use public rather private transport. This paper reports the findings of surveys of bus passengers within British rural tourist areas and demonstrates how they bring extra visitors and spending to attractions, while reducing car use. It discusses the potential of using public transport to enhance the tourism offer and the problems, and some solutions, of funding such services. Recent developments are introduced.

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