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17th June 2015

reminder
Hi, I am sorry that I have to ask again, but I really need the answer on the last questions of the interview, because my research is coming to an end: 1. What was the main reason to visit the less-known places of Holland this time? 2. How many times did you visit Holland (the whole country) before? Did you also visit the less known places then or only the the touristic center (provinces North-Holland and South-Holland and the city of Utrecht?) 3. Did you communication with your son-in-law's parents contribute to your decision to visit the less-known parts of Holland? In what way? How did this communication influence your image of the less-known parts of Holland? Hope you can help me out with this last questions, Best regards, Theo
13th June 2015

follow-up questions
Hi, Thank you very much for your response! It helps my thesis a lot. I have a few follow-up questions I'm hoping you would answer as well. It would help me a lot. 1. What was the main reason to visit the less-known places of Holland this time? 2. How many times did you visit Holland (the whole country) before? Did you also visit the less known places then or only the the touristic center (provinces North-Holland and South-Holland and the city of Utrecht?) 3. Did you communication with your son-in-law's parents contribute to your decision to visit the less-known parts of Holland? In what way? How did this communication influence your image of the less-known parts of Holland? Best regards, Theo
18th June 2015

Visit to Holland
Sorry again for the delay in responding. In answer to your questions; 1.Our main reason for visiting Zwolle was to stay with our son-in-law's parents who took us to sightsee the local area including a half day at the very beautiful village and surroundings of Giethoorn. 2.This was our second visit to Holland,the first being in 2009.There is a blog covering the few days we had in Holland on the blogsite. 3.On that trip we also visited Amsterdam in a day trip from Zwolle via Ijsselmeer. 4.Not necessarily.Zwolle is a quiet town and of course our son-in-laws parents live there.
6th June 2015

Survey reminder :)
Hi, I am wondering if you are still willing to help me out with my master thesis about tourism in Holland? Could you please send me the question list with your answers as soon as possible? My timeframe is very limited. I would be very thankful for your help. I hope to hear from you soon. Feel free to ask any questions. Best regards, Theo
30th May 2015

question list
Hi, This post contains the question list for my research about bloggers that visited the less-known places of Holland. I added an explanation with the questions. Feel free to ask any questions. My time for this part of the research is very limited, unfortunately. Thats why I have to ask you to answer as soon as possible, if possible before next friday, so that I can ask a few follow-up questions if necessary. It's a fairly short list, so it shouldn't take too much time. Thank you very much for helping me with my research and I am very curious about your answers! Best regards, Theo ------------------- Interview questions This interview consists of a set of questions. The first part contains some short questions about the characteristics of the trip. The second part contains some more in-depth questions about the information gathering in front of the trip, the reasons of visiting the less-known places of the Netherlands (which contains the whole country except for the provinces North-Holland and South-Holland and the city of Utrecht). Some info might already be described in your blog, but for consistency purposes I have to ask the same set of questions to every blogger. Please feel free to give extensive answers and explain about the underlying reasons and motives you might have or had during or in front of the trip. This interview has an explorative and qualitative nature. It’s not about large groups of respondents, but about rich data that really tells something about the person who is being interviewed, so it’s about your opinion, your image of Holland. Before you visited it, and while you were visiting it. It’s likely that I will have a few follow-up questions after returning this list of questions. Because the time for this part of my research is limited I would kindly ask you to return the list as soon as possible, but at the max in 5 days if possible, so that I am able to send follow-up questions and to analyze the data. I thank you again for participating in my research! Part 1: (Make the option of your choice bold, or delete the other options). All questions are about your holiday trip in the whole country, you don’t have to make a distinction between well- and less-known places, unless explicitly asked. 1. What is your gender? - Male - Female 2. What is your age? 3. In which country do you live? 4. How many nights did you stay in Holland? 5. How did you travel? - Alone - With my partner - In a group - Other,… 6. How did you travel to Holland? By… - Car - Airplane - Boat - Train - Bus - Bicycle - Other,… 7. Which means of transportation did you use the most (in kilometers/miles)? - Car - Airplane - Boat - Train - Bus - Bicycle - Walking - Other,… 8. During which season did your holidaytrip take place (for the most)? - Spring - Summer - Autumn - Winter 9. Which locations did you visit during the whole trip in Holland? Name places like towns, cities and villages and attractions. Please mention your complete travel schedule as complete as possible with visited locations on every day and locations where you have stayed for the night, chronologically. Part 2: These questions are about (preparing for) visiting the less-known places of Holland. The questions have the purpose to find out how your image of the less-known places of Holland was formed prior to your trip and how it influenced your decision to visit these places in Holland. The research focuses specifically on the role of social media and blogs. This area consists of the provinces Groningen, Friesland/Frisia, Drenthe, Overijssel, Flevoland, Gelderland, North-Brabant, Zealand, Limburg and Utrecht except for the city of Utrecht itself. Places like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht city, Leiden, Delft, Alkmaar, Haarlem, Zaanse Schans, Volendam, Keukenhof, Kinderdijk are not part of the less known places because they are situated in the provinces North Holland and South Holland, the main tourist area of the country. Note: Giethoorn is part of the less-known places. 1. Are you familiar with the “Visit Holland” campaign from the Dutch Tourist Board (NBTC) on Facebook or other social media platforms? If so, please tell which social media platforms and how you got in contact with this campaign (Where you deliberately looking for it, or did you ran in to it? Did somebody tell you about it? etc.) 2. If you are familiar with the campaign, how important was the role of the information you got from this campaign in your decision to visit the less-known parts of Holland? Was this for the major part because of the information the Dutch Tourist Board (NBTC) communicated (in text and pictures), or because of the information posted by other tourists? 3. What sources of information did you consult about Holland on the subject of your trip? (This can be deliberately, for the purpose of finding information about Holland, or unexpected, the point is that it contributed to your image about Holland and the decision to visit Holland). Think of items like books, travel brochures, travel guides, travel agencies, websites, social media, tv shows etc. How did this contribute to your image about Holland? 4. If you used social media, what kind of social media did you consult? (This can be deliberately, for the purpose of finding information about Holland, or unexpected, the point is that it contributed to your image about Holland and the decision to visit Holland). Think of platforms as blogs, facebook, twitter, youtube, google+, pinterest, tumblr, instagram, vine etc. Please tell about how you used this platform in the context of getting the information about Holland. Where you deliberately searching for information or were you just browsing and seeing information you weren’t looking for on purpose? How did you use the platform to get the information about Holland? Was it information coming from friends, people you didn’t know or from commercial or professional parties like a travel agency or tourist board? How did these consulted social media platforms contribute to your image about Holland? 5. Did you communicate interactively on this social media platform (blogs included) with commercial or professional parties or with other individuals about Holland in a conversation or in a reaction you posted? With what party or individual (another tourist for example, and was it someone that had already been in Holland or was thinking about visiting Holland?) and on which social media platform did this conversation take place? How did this contribute to your image about Holland? 6. About what subjects and locations did you communicate? Why did you choose to communicate directly with these organizations or individuals? 7. What where your reasons and motivation for consulting social media in getting information about Holland? (This could be everything from accessibility to reliability, fun and so on). Please explain these reasons or motivations. 8. What information source (also other than social media) do you think was the most important in your image of Holland and your decision to visit it? 9. Did other people (other than me) contact you about your blog about your visit of the less-known places of Holland? What kind of individuals or organization were these and what kind of information were they looking for? 10. To what extent did your image about the less-known places of Holland match with the actual visit of these places? What kind of information source was the most reliable in your opinion? 11. What were the most important positive and/or negative points you communicated in your blog about your trip to the less-known places of Holland (in light of the extent that your image of Holland prior to your trip matched with the actual visit or not)? 12. To what extent did the information that you got from social media influence your decision to visit the less-known places of Holland, in your opinion? -------------------
10th June 2015

Survey
I am sorry to take so log to reply but we were away at the weekend and this is the first opportunity to respond. My responses may not offer much for your thesis as our visit to Holland was purely for family reasons to meet up again with our son-in laws parents who are Dutch but lived for 20 years in New Zealand before returning to Holland for health reasons. My responses are; 1. Male 2.Aged 63 3.New Zealand 4.2 nights 5 Travelled with my wife 6.We travelled by leased car arriving from northern Germany and leaving from south eastern Holland into Germany again to continue our trip 7.By car only except for riding bicycles locally in Zwolle 8.We visited in summer 9.Only stopped and stayed in Zwolle which is where our son-in-laws parents live Part 2 1.No 2.Not applicable 3.Lonely Planet 4.N/A 5.N/A although we did communicate with our son-in-law's parents via Facebook before we arrived. 6.N/A 7.N/A 8.N/A 9.No 10.Local knowledge 11.The uniqueness of the places we went to sightsee 12.N/A
10th June 2015

Survey
I am sorry to take so log to reply but we were away at the weekend and this is the first opportunity to respond. My responses may not offer much for your thesis as our visit to Holland was purely for family reasons to meet up again with our son-in laws parents who are Dutch but lived for 20 years in New Zealand before returning to Holland for health reasons. My responses are; 1. Male 2.Aged 63 3.New Zealand 4.2 nights 5 Travelled with my wife 6.We travelled by leased car arriving from northern Germany and leaving from south eastern Holland into Germany again to continue our trip 7.By car only except for riding bicycles locally in Zwolle 8.We visited in summer 9.Only stopped and stayed in Zwolle which is where our son-in-laws parents live Part 2 1.No 2.Not applicable 3.Lonely Planet 4.N/A 5.N/A although we did communicate with our son-in-law's parents via Facebook before we arrived. 6.N/A 7.N/A 8.N/A 9.No 10.Local knowledge 11.The uniqueness of the places we went to sightsee 12.N/A
28th May 2015

interview
Hi, Im very happy to hear that you are willing to do an interview. I will post the questions very soon. If you have an emailadress, I could also mail them to you. Kind regards, Theo
25th May 2015

your blog about Holland
Dear Grahama and Gretchen, I have read your travelblog about your visit to Holland and it was very interesting! I am Dutch myself and for my Geography Masterthesis I am doing research among tourist bloggers from abroad. Your blog caught my eye because you visited some less famous places in Holland, like Zwolle. It is so interesting to find out why a part of the tourists in Holland visit those less famous places next to the highlights like Amsterdam and its surroundings. That's why I am wondering if I could ask you some questions about your visit, to complement the info in your blog. It won't be a long survey, but more of a short interview-type conversation about your experience and opinion. You would help me a lot and I am also very curious to know about what you think about Holland and the reasons why you choose to visit it. I really hope to hear from you. The interview will be used in a completely anonymous and confidential way. Kind regards, Theo van Veenendaal tvanveenendaal1986@gmail.com
25th May 2015

Survey
You can ask questions via this blog and I will respond.
4th February 2015
Another unusual road sign,Germany

Still in use
The MLC signs are still in use. Though military presence has decreased it has not disappeared completely.
4th February 2015
Another unusual road sign,Germany

Sign identity
The signs are called Military Load Class MLC. During the Cold War years there was a heavy NATO military presence in Germany. Roads, highways, farm fields towns and such were common training areas. It was not odd to pass a convoy of army tanks, trucks, etc. on the roadways of Germany up until when the wall came down. Sign reflects max weight limits for wheeled or tracked vehicles and directions of travel. These signs are normally in front of bridges.
4th February 2015
Another unusual road sign,Germany

Thanks for that
Thanks for the information.It was interesting to see that the signs had survived so many years.
5th October 2014

The Kilmog is further north...
Great to get to the end of the journey and a nice wee escape for those of us at home who didn't actually do the hard yards. As a resident of Dunedin for many years I do have a point of clarification for the BBA venturers. The Kilmog is actually the big hill you missed when you turned off and took the scenic route around by Seacliff-it is the one that has lots of slumps and bumps in it because the local engineer got it wrong about where to put the road! The "motorway" out of Dunedin doesn't seem to have any other name apart from the "Northern Motorway". There is a superb view of Dunedin city in your rear view mirror about 2/3 of the way up the Northern Motorway-it always used to take my breath away to see it when I was returning to the city by road.
6th October 2014

Whoops just reread Wikipedia and boy did I make a mistake.Should have read my research document better than just scanning looking for what I wanted to write about.We had always thought it started at the first hill out of Dunedin.
6th October 2014

The Kilmog
Just goes to show you can't rely on Wikipedia.Shame there was no obvious lookout point back to the city rather than the rear window of the Nissan Tiida.
30th September 2014

Lawrence!
Cant wait to see the video of Lawrence too! I am sure we will be hearing about your visit for many years to come! Will it be a full family mission down there for the pre-sale clean up?
1st October 2014

Could perhaps put the video on YouTube under 'House of Horrors'heading.All volunteers we are sure would be welcome,bring your own respirator and rodent defence.
27th September 2014

Your son in law is one of those fools who have jumped off that bridge....I couldn't watch but did manage to catch some video of him
27th September 2014

We did think he had a little more sense than that - what did he say as he tumbled through the atmosphere???
27th September 2014

Your son in law is one of those fools who have jumped off that bridge....I couldn't watch but did manage to catch some video of him
23rd September 2014

Sounds like your walking legs are firmly in place for this trip
Gosh the Kiwi blog for me is almost happening as it happens to you! Great to read about places I haven't been in awhile. We always find those DOC walk times are out by a long shot-must be designed for the elderly or infirm.
23rd September 2014

The beautiful South Island
Have to admit the South is NZ's best.Walks are so enjoyable and more ahead today.
22nd September 2014

Club card?
You're obviously not a South Islander. Club Cards are marvellous. Great New World discounts, Fly buys, Air points, only in the South Island. Looks like great weather, hope it lasts. Sure to. See you soon.
20th September 2014

Yay
Stoked to have the blog back in action again! Sounds like you missed the Pike River Memorial on the road between Blackball and Reefton - shame, coz it's a very moving site with a section dedicated to each of the lost miners, with personal items and dedications from family members, looking towards the mine site in the distance. Would have been interesting to vote in Blackball, the home of the Labour party! I imagine you would have been run out of town with pitchforks (or mining picks?) if they caught a whiff of the side you were voting for.....!

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