Earlier this month 522 people answered our questions, which is more than we expected given that KTLN has been retired for some time. For a small tourist destination like Kalkan, this is a good sample size.
We would like to thank everyone who took the time to take part. Here, we introduce the findings of the 2020 survey, which looks at your experience of Kalkan in 2019 and your thoughts on what lies ahead.
Starting today, and over the coming days, KTLN will be publishing the findings, with some analysis.
We won't be publishing all of the general comments, however we will give you a flavour of what was said.
Do your views matter?
Yes, we think they do matter. We are guests in a foreign country, but collectively, we do make a significant contribution to the economy of Kalkan, and it is not surprising that locals would be interested to know what we think.
Are these views representative of all visitors to Kalkan?
Given that as this is an English language website we have not attracted many non-British participants - they represent just 4% of our respondents. We know that Kalkan now attracts many domestic tourists so this survey does not reflect their views.
But it is indisputable that foreigners remain at the core of Kalkan's tourist proposition and we would suggest that these series of surveys give us the best insight available in terms of Kalkan's traditional market. If you look at the size of the household/group represented by each respondent, you could say that these views represent over 1,700 visitors to Kalkan.
What we can say with some certainty is that the people who chose to take part should have a good knowledge of Kalkan. The vast majority of respondents:
- have been to Kalkan recently (pre-Coronavirus),
- stayed here for several weeks minimum in any given year, and
- have been coming for many years.
So it's fair to say that our respondents know what they are talking about. It is also reasonable to assume, that given our guarantee of anonymity, the views expressed are genuine.
Admittedly, if there are any people out there who came to Kalkan and hated it, they are unlikely to be visiting the KTLN website.
How should we interpret the data?
We believe the data is quite robust, and provides a reliable snapshot of what foreign visitors and residents are thinking.
The survey provides us with four main areas of information, which we will bring to you over the coming days.
- Visitor demographics - a profile of foreigners in Kalkan (to be published on Sunday 28th June)
- Coming to Kalkan - how you get here and where you stay (to be published on Monday 29th June)
- Property ownership (to be published on Monday 29th June)
- Your views on Kalkan (to be published on Tuesday 30th June)
In addition to the bare statistics, we can add some flavour to the numbers by telling you what the key messages were in the optional comments that some people left.
We had a free to enter fun competition as part of the survey. There were 299 correct answers to the question, "In what year was KTLN launched?" The year was 2009.
A winner has been chosen at random. That person is Bridget Lewis - see image above. She was delighted to hear that she had won a meal for two in her favourite Kalkan restaurant. Our congratulations to Bridget.
The survey findings and analysis are subject to copyright, which belongs to Kalkan Turkish Local News. However, we appreciate that people may want to discuss and comment upon the findings.
We do not have a problem with individuals sharing this information, however we would respectfully ask that our work is not simply copied and pasted on to other websites.
If any other website wishes to comment or report on the survey, we are happy for them to do so, but would ask for credit to be given to Kalkan Turkish Local News, with a link back to KTLN placed on their website.
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