East Lothian Visitor Survey 2024

April 12, 2024

We are delighted to have commissioned 56 Degree Insight and Jump Research to undertake the 2024 East Lothian Visitor Survey.

Combining the strengths of 56 Degree Insight and Jump Research

56 Degree Insight will be undertaking the study as part of the JRS research consortium, which they are a member of, working closely with the team from Jump Research who also have significant experience in the tourism sector including numerous visitor surveys.

The survey is now live and fieldwork will run throughout the summer until the end of October, providing an updated picture on day and overnight visitors - who they are, what they enjoy doing during their time in the area and their views on the area’s strengths and weaknesses. The survey will also provide an opportunity to obtain visitor opinions on hot topics such as the potential impacts of the introduction of visitor levy.

Utilising a combination of survey methods

To maximise the number of visitors taking part in the survey and ensure as broad a range of views as possible are collected, the study will involve a combination of survey methods. Jump’s face to face interviewers will be out and about, conducting short interviews at key locations and events across the region while a more detailed online survey will be promoted to visitors at a wider range of locations including attractions, cafes and accommodation and via the Visit East Lothian website.

Later in the year, they will also be undertaking a survey of tourism businesses based in the area to obtain their feedback on key topics affecting them.

Working in partnership with local businesses

The online survey element is a development from the approaches used in previous visitor surveys conducted in this area, with local businesses invited to promote participation in the survey by displaying details of the survey link using posters and other promotional materials.

In return for their support, businesses will receive a personalised analysis of the results including an anonymised summary of the responses provided by their customers and comparisons with the overall area profile. This personalised analysis will be available to any businesses receiving at least 50 responses from their customers over the season.

By following this unique partnership approach, we’re ensuring that the insights generated will be valuable to local businesses. Also on completion of the fieldwork, they will also be working closely with East Lothian Council to share the wider survey findings and what they mean for the region via a suite of outputs including a summary infographic report and online presentation.

If you are visiting East Lothian, on a day trip, short break or holiday this summer or autumn, please complete the online survey link which you can find on our website visiteastlothian.org


Jackie Gardiner
Author: Jackie Gardiner

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