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fiwen1010 wrote in tw_tourists
This is the first survey.

ETA: Where there's a scale for ranking, 1 is least important and 10 is most important. Thanks to those who pointed this out to me.


Poll #1811296 Torchwood Tourism Research
This poll is closed.

Have you visited Cardiff because of Torchwood?

Yes
50(54.3%)
No
42(45.7%)

Do you want to visit Cardiff beacuse of Torchwood?

Yes
78(87.6%)
No
11(12.4%)

How important is Torchwood to your desire to visit Cardiff?

Mean: 7.63 Median: 8 Std. Dev 2.12
1
3(3.3%)
2
3(3.3%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
1(1.1%)
5
3(3.3%)
6
7(7.6%)
7
18(19.6%)
8
24(26.1%)
9
16(17.4%)
10
17(18.5%)

How much does the desire for escape motivate you to visit Cardiff?

Mean: 6.07 Median: 6 Std. Dev 2.71
1
7(7.7%)
2
8(8.8%)
3
5(5.5%)
4
3(3.3%)
5
11(12.1%)
6
13(14.3%)
7
9(9.9%)
8
18(19.8%)
9
8(8.8%)
10
9(9.9%)

How much does the desire for relaxation motivate you to visit Cardiff?

Mean: 5.78 Median: 6 Std. Dev 2.59
1
9(9.8%)
2
5(5.4%)
3
8(8.7%)
4
2(2.2%)
5
13(14.1%)
6
15(16.3%)
7
11(12.0%)
8
18(19.6%)
9
5(5.4%)
10
6(6.5%)

How much does the desire for play motivate you to visit Cardiff?

Mean: 5.74 Median: 6 Std. Dev 2.69
1
7(7.8%)
2
5(5.6%)
3
10(11.1%)
4
9(10.0%)
5
11(12.2%)
6
9(10.0%)
7
12(13.3%)
8
11(12.2%)
9
7(7.8%)
10
9(10.0%)

How much does the desire for social interaction motivate you to visit Cardiff?

Mean: 5.40 Median: 5 Std. Dev 3.08
1
13(14.4%)
2
11(12.2%)
3
5(5.6%)
4
9(10.0%)
5
10(11.1%)
6
4(4.4%)
7
7(7.8%)
8
12(13.3%)
9
9(10.0%)
10
10(11.1%)

How much does the desire to strengthen family bonds motivate you to visit Cardiff?

Mean: 2.12 Median: 1 Std. Dev 2.04
1
61(67.8%)
2
6(6.7%)
3
6(6.7%)
4
3(3.3%)
5
7(7.8%)
6
2(2.2%)
7
3(3.3%)
8
0(0.0%)
9
0(0.0%)
10
2(2.2%)

How much does the desire for social prestige motivate you to visit Cardiff?

Mean: 2.42 Median: 1 Std. Dev 2.20
1
53(58.9%)
2
9(10.0%)
3
7(7.8%)
4
3(3.3%)
5
8(8.9%)
6
4(4.4%)
7
1(1.1%)
8
2(2.2%)
9
3(3.3%)
10
0(0.0%)

How much does the desire for an educational opportunity motivate you to visit Cardiff?

Mean: 3.90 Median: 3 Std. Dev 2.93
1
33(37.1%)
2
9(10.1%)
3
5(5.6%)
4
5(5.6%)
5
7(7.9%)
6
8(9.0%)
7
8(9.0%)
8
6(6.7%)
9
6(6.7%)
10
2(2.2%)

How much does the desire for self-fulfillment motivcate you to visit Cardiff?

Mean: 6.32 Median: 7 Std. Dev 2.86
1
11(12.1%)
2
2(2.2%)
3
5(5.5%)
4
6(6.6%)
5
8(8.8%)
6
7(7.7%)
7
14(15.4%)
8
11(12.1%)
9
17(18.7%)
10
10(11.0%)

How much does the desire to fulfill a wish motivate you to visit Cardiff?

Mean: 7.30 Median: 8 Std. Dev 2.32
1
2(2.2%)
2
4(4.5%)
3
1(1.1%)
4
1(1.1%)
5
10(11.2%)
6
11(12.4%)
7
15(16.9%)
8
12(13.5%)
9
14(15.7%)
10
19(21.3%)

How much does the desire for shopping motivate you to visit Cardiff?

Mean: 4.32 Median: 4.5 Std. Dev 2.65
1
20(21.7%)
2
13(14.1%)
3
7(7.6%)
4
6(6.5%)
5
13(14.1%)
6
9(9.8%)
7
12(13.0%)
8
7(7.6%)
9
3(3.3%)
10
2(2.2%)


If you can, please use the comments to explain a little of your reasons for your answers. Detailed poll results are only available to me.


At this point, the question I felt was personally missing was "How much does nostalgia motivate your desire to visit Cardiff?"

Because that's what it is for me (of course), not the desire to play, but to engage in a past both fictional (the narrative in the show) and not (the existence of the show).

Edited at 2012-01-16 08:25 pm (UTC)

Nostalgia is a big motivator. It's strange to go back there and see how the city's changed, and know that the story stopped before some of the changes happened.

There is only one reason I would visit Cardiff. Torchwood and to visit the Shrine.

I have family in Wales but would only ever visit Caridiff for the above reason. I live in NZ so is on the other side of the world.

The shrine is a really interesting place to visit. Would you want to take something down there to leave?

The first answer, for me, was a little tricky, because Torchwood was only a small part of why I visited Cardiff. I didn't visit solely or even primarily because of it, though the fact that there were a few sites I wanted to check out did factor in. The primary reasons I wanted to visit were for "history geek" reasons (mainly castles, there); and another main reason I wanted to go was to visit the Doctor Who Close Up Exhibition in the Red Dragon Centre.

The castles are spectacular, aren't they? If they do a Torchwood exhibition, would you want to go to that?

Owing to family reasons, I tend to avoid Wales in general. I went to Cardiff for Blue Gillespie and related meet-ups. Whilst I like Cardiff, I don't feel a strong pull to it, and owing to the massive amounts of negative associations that I have with Wales (and the Welsh accent), it's not somewhere that I miss.

It's probably the only place in Wales that I'll willingly go to tho

The chance to meet up with people there is awesome. As are Blue Gillespie. It's a shame about the negative associations you have with it, though.

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Cardiff Castle is awesome, and Torchwood related! What else would you like to see there?

I first went to Cardiff for a Blue Gillespie gig, but that is related to Torchwood, and my first day there, the first thing I did was visit the water tower and jump up and down on a step. I now return to Cardiff often, but because I have fallen in love with the city itself and enjoy being there. But, part of that enjoyment also stems from meeting up with friends while I am there.

But I still like to spend time around the Bay and I still get a lot of enjoyment out of finding new TW locations I hadn't seen before.

There's something about that step, isn't there? It is a wonderful city too.

I wonder if you could share your list of locations? It's great to see where people have visited and what they've found.

One of my childhood mentors was Welsh, so a lot of my interest in the area stems from my regard for her and my interest in her stories. That Torchwood landed there just made it even more interesting.

It is a wonderful area. I'm glad that Torchwood landed there to promote it. Did the show reflect what you thought of the city, or was it different?

I'd like to visit Wales in general because of my interest in Welsh History, but Cardiff would be mainly because of TW.

Cardiff does have its own entity, doens't it? Is there anything you particularly want to see?

Torchwood isn't really a reason why I'd like to visit Cardiff. My reason for wanting to visit has more to do with the fact that it's part of Britain and I'd generally like to see more of Britain.

Britain would like to see more of you too :) Is there anything Torchwood-y you want to do in Cardiff, though?

Please forgive me for being stupid but is 1 the most important and 10 the least important on your survey? I'm assuming it is but as you don't state so in the question it isn't clear and if I'm marking something 'out of ten' if I like it obviously it will be graded with a higher number. To reduce the chance of anyone else being a bit confused, I'd suggest it would be a good thing to clarify the point. I will come back and answer the survey later.

I will explain some of the answers I will make now though...

I have previously visited Cardiff, before Roald Dahl Plas and the Millenium Centre were built and my only point of reference from then to now that I remember is the Pier Head building. Though I enjoyed the Castle (and also Castell Goch) there wasn't really anything that made me want to return specifically.

Torchwood changed that.

My next visit was planned in order to visit Torchwood locations with a friend who is also a fan. We'd wanted to go for a while but the perfect opportunity presented itself while John Barrowman was doing panto in Cardiff in 2009 - we got Torchwood and JB in one weekend! Since then, I've been back to Cardiff twice, adding a few more Torchwood locations to our 'places we've visited' each time though Torchwood was only part of the reason for each visit (Clic Sergent event with Ben Loyd Holmes and Ray Holman in 2010 and also 2 Blue Gillespie gigs over the same weekend in 2011 - I would never have given BG a listen if it wasn't for Gareth David Lloyd being the singer as they are generally 'not my thing' so you could say anything Blue Gillespie related is Torchwood related).

We always stay in the same B&B as the people who run it are Torchwood (and Doctor Who) fans.

I visited the Doctor Who exhibition while I was there in 2010 but only because my friend won the tickets at the Clic Sargent event!

I want to go back again this year, maybe with my car, so I can find a few more Torchwood locations that are maybe not easy to find by walking or using the bus.

1 is least important and 10 is most important. Sorry, I should have made that more clear.

Sounds like you've had a few fantastic trips to Cardiff with Torchwood. What are you hoping to do when you come back? Anything in particular, or just see what happens?

The first time I had a desire to visit Cardiff it was, of course, because of Torchwood. I wanted to see the filming locations. Then, I found out Blue Gillespie was playing (which is, of course, the band fronted by TW actor Gareth David-Lloyd) and thought it might be a good time to go.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Cardiff in March 2011, and dearly want to go again. This time, however, it's because I fell in love with the city, its people, and everything it has to offer.

Cardiff does catch you like that. I hope you get to go again. What was the highlight of your trip? (Blue Gillespie are the awesome. I haevn't had a chance to see them since before I went abroad, though)

I've never been to Cardiff exclusively because of Torchwood, more for work, social and educational reasons. However I tried to answer the survey bearing in mind how happy I felt just seeing the locations and being there. I went the first time during early series 2, which felt hopeful at the time...

Seeing the locations is amazing, isn't it? And wow, you went a lot earlier than I did. I didn't get to go until after COE :( Did you get to location spot for later episodes?

Yes, it would be helpful if you stated which end of the scale indicated which response, e.g. 10=most important 1=least important, etc.

Fixed now, thanks :) I should have thought about that before. it's all a learning process, I guess

the only reason i go to cardiff is and was because of Torchwood.
Because of torchwood i met an awesome group of people and had a TW gathering in Cardiff, to visit TW and DW filming locations, to go to the Ianto Shrine and have fun with friends.
the last time i went to Cardiff was because of TW in a way, as i went to see Blue Gillespie (GDL's band) i only know of that thru TW.)

actually thinking back... the first time i went to Cardiff was in 1999 and i was living in swansea at the time, me and my friend went cos we heard it had a Forbidden Planet. and Swansea didnt have a Sci Fi shop at the time. it was a good day trip, i bought an Angel cardboard cut out. so there is my one non torchwoody reason i went.

so there is an account of all the times and reasons i have been to Cardiff... (dunno if thats what u wanted...)

The gatherings have been great. Did you get to visit before COE, or was it all after?

Lovely icon too :D Team Gareth all the way

I have never been to Cardiff. I've never been to the UK. I've never been to any country other than my own and Canada.

That said, my lack of travel does not correlate directly to a lack of desire. Torchwood is my main draw to Cardiff, absolutely. I don't think I knew much about it beyond the vague existence of Wales. And all I knew about Wales was what I'd picked up through studying Tudor England.

That said, bits of the history relative to the British Monarchy would definitely be a draw for me, as would the filming of other British television shows (Doctor Who, Sherlock) in...well, in Wales, maybe not Cardiff specifically. I have no idea. See? I suck at locations.

So yeah, back to the original point, which is that Torchwood is my sole reason for wanting to visit Cardiff. I'll admit that it looks like a city I would enjoy otherwise, but so do many cities around the world.

Edited at 2012-01-16 11:29 pm (UTC)

Come to the UK. Come join us. Roadtrip!

Is there anything particular you want to do in Cardiff? There's so much to see there.