Essay On Family Homes

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This research set out to explore whether the high costs of accommodations in Kingston could be a contributing factor as to why students choose to return to their family homes, or cities after their studies have concluded. After completing this research, it is safe to say that although this is definitely not the only contributing factor as to why students leave, it is likely a small part. This research consisted of two primary research methods: firstly, an online survey which aimed to gauge the responses of at least fifteen panellists (which was exceeded with twenty responses) as well as a series of three in-person interviews. The results of these primary research methods differed slightly from
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Although only 55% of participants thought that price was a limiting factor to having visitors, it would be interesting to interview and survey the parents and families to see if this was more of a concern for them.
Although not discussed in the primary research of this project, a large potential factor for Kingston’s high accommodation rates was found through secondary research. One of the major factors contributing to the high-rate of hotels downtown is the fact that many of them are owned and operated by a single company. Diamond Hotels Management Inc owns Aquaterra (the restaurant inside Delta), Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kingston, and The Ramada Kingston Hotel and Conference center. Because this single company is operating the majority of the downtown’s hotels, they have the majority of market share, which gives them the ability to inflate the accommodation rates. This Monopoly-like effect, although not necessarily known by the student population, is one of the reasons Kingston’s accommodations are quite high compared to other towns in Ontario. Interestingly, Not all of Kingston’s accommodations are high. According to Ian MacAlpine, Kingston’s housing market, although on the rise, is very affordable compared to other Canadian cities. MacAlpine states, “the region remains very
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