The Bournemouth Tourism centre believes that foreign students are more actively engaged with Bournemouth than local students.
T.J, one of Bournemouth’s tourism advisers, believes that foreign students “predominantly want to go and explore in Bournemouth” whereas, local students “want to go out and party and make friends”. Katarina, who is a foreign student herself, also works at the Tourism centre and believes “they are trying to make the most of it”.
Speaking about Bournemouth as a University town Katarina said: “It’s not too big and it’s not too small, it offers quite a lot of things to do.” A reason why foreign students may be more inclined to go see Bournemouth is that “foreign students have more money to spend in comparison to the local students”, however that is not to say that there is nothing to do around Bournemouth on a budget (see here for a top ten of things to do in Bournemouth).
T.J felt it was important to stress that this was just her opinion and that obviously there are local students who do go and explore Bournemouth, but she felt that from what she sees “In some ways students are blinkered”.
When asked if they felt that students had enough time to come into Bournemouth both T.J and Katarina said that “There’s more than enough time to come into Bournemouth. It has so much to offer and it’d be a shame if they only see what happens on Old Christchurch Road”.
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