Tourist survey in national park and biosphere reserve regions 1998 - 2000

In order to get quantitatve information about holidaymakers and one-day visitors in national park and biosphere reserve regions as well as the gathering their opinions about tourism and nature conservation a standardized questioning of tourists was conducted in five research regions. Based on the results of former questionings attitudes, perceptions and valuations about this social-relevant topic should be analysed.

Respondents:          

3 000 holidaymakers and one-day visitors

Regions of survey:

Spreewald, Rügen, Hiddensee, Neusiedler See, Harz, Rhön

Places of survey: 

touristic centres and main tourist destinations (about 65 %) and further touristic places, above all in the biosphere reserves and national parks and their immediate surrounding

Time of survey:

summer 1998 to summer 2000
summer season, in Harz and Rhön year-round, 
time of field work and courses

Type of questioning:

oral and written questioning (hotel, tourist information, national park information ...)

Main contents:

Interests of holidays, duration of stay, frequency of visit, lodging,
motives of holidaymakers , visit of national parks and biosphere reserves, using of 
offers in national parks and biosphere reserves,
perceptions and valuations of nature conservation and landscape preservation
measures,
position to regional problems of tourism and nature conservation,
means of travel within the tourism region, traveling wihout car,
contentment / discontentment, personal data 



Some Results of questioning

What is important for you in holidays?

Interests of holidays
(percentage in %)
                                           

Spreewald
(534
respondents)

Rügen
(530
respond.)

Hiddensee
(306
respond.)

Neusiedler
See
(401 respond.)

Harz
(640
respond.)

Rhön
(589
respond.)

recreation / relaxation

83

87

89

89

89

85

nature - hiking / cycling

88

77

93

75

88

81

activities, sports

33

32

27

48

34

33

good and cheap accomodation 

61

63

64

64

69

67

country & people -
museum / culture

74

63

75

62

69

68

wide selection of leisure activities

28

25

11

28

35

26

Source: Onw survey


Have you ever been in a national park or a biosphere reserve?

  National park
  (percentage in %)

Spreewald
(534
respondents)

Rügen
(530 respond.)

Hiddensee
(306
respond.)

Neusiedler See
(401 respond.)

Harz
(640 respond.) 

Rhön
(589 respond.) 

  yes

65

62

73

82

77

68

  no

27

21

16

13

18

24

  don't know 

8

17

11

5

5

8


  Biosphere reserve

  (percentage in %)

Spreewald
(534
respondents)

Rügen
(530 respond.)

Hiddensee
(306
respond.) 

Neusiedler See
(401 respond.)

Harz
(640 respond.)

Rhön
(589 respond.) 

  yes

48

24

46

12

21

43

  no

41

39

32

55

57

39

  don't know

11

37

21

33

22

18

Source: Onw survey

How have you travelled within the region?

Source: Own survey                                                 *   only in categorie "Others"

Other results of questioning

Last update 5.4.2009

  Means of travel 
  (percentage in %)

Spreewald
(534

respondents)

Rügen
(530 respond.)

Hiddensee
(306
respond.) 

Neusiedler See
(401 respond.)

Harz
(640 respond.)

Rhön
(589 respond.) 

car

45

78

--

58

72

83

train/bus

9

15

  1*

7

23

4

bicycle

33

29

67

58

4

9

boat
Spreewald rowing boat 

19
34

2
--

1
--

25
--

--

--

would you travel
without car?

   percentag of people who use
   the car in the region (%)

Spreewald
(242

respondents)

Rügen
(413 respond.) 

Hiddensee
(no privat cars)

Neusiedler See
(231 respond.) 

Harz
(464 respond.) 

Rhön
(483 respond.)

no answer

28

22

--

42

30

27

none, really dislike

21

24

--

26

23

30

better public traffic

20

23

--

15

28

30