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Do tourists need to think about local communities when they travel?

03rd - 10th May 2024

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Total votes


5-11 votes


11-16+ votes

With May half term and the summer break on the horizon, voters discussed the responsibilities we have as visitors when we travel to new places.

Secondary, 16+ & College voters were asked: “Do tourists need to think about local communities when they travel?”, while Primary 7-11 voters discussed: “Should tourists be more respectful when they travel?” and Primary 5-7 voters considered: “Is it easy to be a visitor?”

42,991 young people in the UK have taken part in this vote.

Tourists & Locals child

Age 5-11 voter

I think tourists need to be more respectful as they are ruining the local area. Some tourists aren't thinking about the people around them. I think yes because lots of tourists attractions are filled with litter.

Tourists & Locals teen

Age 11-16 voter

By being a tourist you are supporting local businesses and supporting the growth of the economy in the area.

Tourists & Locals student

Age 11-16 voter

Local people need homes so it's not fair for tourists to buy holiday homes and increase house prices.

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90% of 7-11-year olds said that tourists should be more respectful when travelling.

  • Primary pupils aged between 5-7 were asked, "Is it easy to be a visitor?" 66% voted 'Yes'.
  • Those aged 7-11 were discussing, "Should tourists be more respectful when they travel?" 90% vote 'Yes'.
81% of Secondary students agreed, stating that tourists need to consider local communities when they travel.

  • Secondary, College and 16+ students were asked, "Do tourists need to think about local communities when they travel?"
  • 81% of Secondary students and 88% of College & 16+ students voted 'Yes'.
Many argued that tourists should take time to understand the different rules, regulations and customs of the places they are visiting.

  • Many argued that tourists need to do their research before travelling so that they know how to respect the culture of the local people.
  • Some students who voted 'No' argued that tourists bring a lot of money to the areas they visit and therefore, should be able to enjoy themselves without having to worry about rules or expectations.