Tourism... ( Facts and Figures )
The following models show how the parks income is derived and the changes that have occured during the period 1994 - 2000.
Margam Country Park has long been marketed as entertainment for the whole family. With a view to change and place greater emphasis on the parks heritage, its restored gardens and wide open spaces, it is thought that the park advertising leaflet which is distributed throughout South Wales should change accordingly.
Who visits the park...
Margam has long been a attraction with many travellers including Margam in their late eighteenth century tours, publishing accounts of their journeys which were often illustrated by artisits who accompanied them.
These travel groups were extremely popular with the upper and middle classes, those who could take the time for leisure and could travel widely.
Thomas Mansel Talbot owner of the Margam Estate, on his coming of age in 1768, promptly left on a grand tour of Europe, spending the next four years almost entirely abroad visiting France and Italy with much time spent in Florence, Turin, Naples and Rome.
By the middle of the nineteenth century with the developments of the railway system more people took the oportunity to travel and take the occassional day trip. Railway companies laid on trains to encourage short day trips with special fares to popular destinations. Margam Park admitted visitors on special days such as the annual cottege garden flower show.
It was the seaside resorts that whitnessed the greatest expansion of tourist traffic with the occassional day trip to nearby stately houses, abbeys, castles and other sites of interest.
In the twentieth century the advent of the motor car with its greater mobility providing door to door service has had the most profound effect on tourism areas, especially in the countryside where attractions were difficult to reach have become accessible to large numbers of visitors Increased car ownership since the 1950s has lead to a great increase in motorway holidays, and in particular day trips to attrac tions such as Margam.
Margam has numerous attractions. Visitors may come to view the gardens, attend a concert or simply to enjoy the scenery. However to meet all their needs, the visitor will expect certain extra facilities. These include:
Attractions must also cater for those with special needs. Margam has recently installed ramps to allow access from the car park to the castle and the park beyond. In addition knowledgeable friendly staff are essential to customer satisfaction.
Tourist centres need to meet the demands of the customers and satisfy their needs. A customer who enjoys their visit is more likely to return and recommend the attraction to their friends. Centre managers aim to meet these needs and to do this there is a need to obtain basic information about the customers and their views on the particular attraction.
In early August 1999 a survey of visitors to Margam was undertaken over several days with 199 people interviewed as they left the park. The following results were obtained.
Graph Displaying Visitors figures for Margam 1990 - 2000
An average of 178000 people a year visited Margam during the period 1990 - 2000. Attendances year to year can show great variation and in recent years have declined. These variations can be due to a number of factors.
What we have learned about tourist attractions