Whale watch by Mick Cooper

A questionnaire for those who have been whale watching somewhere in the world.

Please allow me to introduce myself, I am Mick Cooper from England and I am working towards my Masters Degree in Tourism Management at Sheffield Hallam University.

For the past two summers I have carried out surveys on Whale Watching as a tourist activity on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA.

Those answers (some 2500) plus yours, will help me formulate an understanding of why people go whale watching, how far they are prepared to travel and to where.

Your answers will be of great use in this analysis. You will find my e-mail address is at the very end.

---- Cut and Paste from here, downwards and Email your answers to me ----

Part One - Background information behind your decision to go on your last Whale Watch

Q 1 At the time of your last whale watch did you go as:-

a) a member of a family group (YES / NO) number of adults ..... number of children .....
b) a member of a group (YES / NO) .... number in the group ....
c) Other ......................................................

Q 2 Where do you normally live? (please indicate town, state and country with any postal or zip code) ................................................................ ................................................................ . .. ................................................................ ................................................................ . ..

e-mail address (international) ................................................................. .....................

Q 3 From which tourist destination did you experience your last whale watch (port, town, city and country)? ................................................................................................................................ . ..

Q 4 What type of accommodation did you stay in whilst you were there? Hotel .... Motel .... Guest House .... Lodge youth Hostel .... Condo .... B&B ..... Other ...............................................................

Q 5 Was your last vacation planned specifically, so that you could go Whale Watching? YES / NO.

Q 6 If you answered YES, why did you chose that destination instead of the many alternatives available?

Q 7 If your vacation was not specifically planned to go whale watching, was your visit:-

a) planned so that a whale watch excursion could be taken ? YES / NO and can you estimate how important that trip was to your whole vacation %
b) an unplanned whale watch excursion whilst you were there ? YES / NO
c) other ................................................................. ......................................................

Q 8 How did you organise your last vacation that included a whale watch?

a) through a travel agent .....
b) you organised your vacation yourself ..... If you did organise your vacation yourself, what information sources helped you
i) News papers (please name) ............................................ ............................................ ...........................
ii) Specialist magazines (please name) ............................................ ................
iii) recommended by friends .....
iv) you had been there before .....
v) other sources ............................................... ................................................

Q 9 What was the name of the whale watch operator / boat? ................................................................ ......................................................... ..........
Q 10

a) Was the whale watch supported by a naturalist on board? YES / NO
b) was the naturalist a scientist YES / NO
c) a member of the crew YES / NO
d) did you find the naturalist helpful YES /NO

Part Two Motivations to go Whale Watching

Q 11 Had you seen whales in the wild prior to your last whale watch? Yes No

If you answered yes how many times have you been whale watching? ..........

Q 12 Was your visit (tick / check mark)

a) purely for education .....
b) purely for pleasure ..... c) both .........
d) as part of work or study ...... please be specific ......................................................
e) other .................................................... .......................................................

Q 13 Was your trip a result of seeing whales on or in (tick / check mark)

a) Seaworld or similar park ..... b) no reason ......
c) TV e.g. .................................... d) Movies e.g. .........................................
e) Books e.g. ................................................................. ................
f) because you are an environmentalist ....
g) you are just mad about whales .......

Part three Supporting Information

Q 14 How did you rate your trip for value for money? (tick / check mark)

Excellent ..... Good ..... Fair ..... Poor .....

Q 15 Would you recommend whale watching as a tourist activity? YES / NO

Q 16 Which whales did you see on your last whale watch? ............................................................... ................................................................. .. ................................................................ ................................................................ .

Q 17 From which other destinations have you seen whales? ................................................................ ................................................................ . .. ................................................................ ................................................................

 

 

 

Please use this space for any additional comments that you would like to make. Thank you for your time and co-operation.

If you have any information which you feel will be of use, please forward to: Mick Cooper at mcooper@net1.grimsby.ac.uk.

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