The Chief of Squamish surveyed 223 readers and asked the question: Do you think declaring Howe Sound as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve will positively influence tourism in Squamish?
After five years of work towards the goal by the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative, on September 15, the Howe Sound region, (Átl’ka7tsem), was recognized globally as an area of significance by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
This means that the international organization has considered this place as an area of global ecological importance.
Chief Squamish recently surveyed 223 readers and asked the question: Do you think the fact that Howe Sound is declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve will have a positive influence on tourism in Squamish?
The survey took place from 09/16/2021 to 09/21/2021. Of the 223 votes, we can determine that 88 are from the community. The full results are as follows:
Yes, it will bring in environmentally conscious tourists! 29.55% local, 30.04% in total
No, it will bring more people to our region when we are already invaded. 25.00% local, 21.52% in total
It won’t make any difference. 13.64% local, 15.70% in total
It depends on how it is marketed, supported locally. 31.82% local, 32.74% in total
This result provides a confidence level of 95% +/-% margin of error in the local community.
Chief Squamish uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent bots, and filter non-local and duplicate votes.
~ With files from Steven Chua