Importance Of Sport Tourism

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Register to read the introduction… Redmond (1990) suggests that museums and halls of fame enable sport to be included in the heritage interpretation movement, which is gaining more importance around the world. Writing about sports facilities as tourist attractions, Bale (1988) suggests that some sports edifices "can develop over time, a sufficient mystique to become tourist attractions in their own fight" (p. 120). Wrigley Field in Chicago, the Toronto SkyDorne, and even sites of future Olympic Games are on the list of such tourism venues. Even famous sports re, tail stores are tourist attractions. The Bass Pro Shop's Outdoor World is one of Missouri's top tourist attractions, and "you don't have to be a fisherman or a hunter to enjoy the visit" (Carlton, 1993, p. 30). Another trend in this category of sport tourism has emerged in recent years: meeting famous sports personalities. The cruise industry has been very adept in this area. Theme cruises such as Norwegian Cruise Lines' "Pro-Am Golf Cruise" or the "NBA Basketball Cruise" allow passengers to meet sports personalities on the …show more content…
Irwin, Wang, and Sutton (19913) found that when tourists were asked to project the amount of money they would spend during their stay, they frequently underestimated their expenditures. Faulkner and Raybould (1995) asked one group of event sport tourists to keep a diary of its expenditures, while others were asked to recall their expenditures following the event. Like Irwin et al., Faulkner and Raybould found that tourists who were asked to recall the amount of money they had spent tended to estimate conservatively. Consequently, while asking people to keep diaries is a more difficult method to implement, it may be the most accurate way of tracing event tourist expenditures in a community.
In addition to the economic impact, event planners should also be aware of other potential effects. Burgan and Mules (1992) suggest that event planners adopt a conservative estimate of the potential profit (economic impact) from the event, as the expense of organizing an event is frequently underestimated. Indeed, a growing body of research indicates that there are both positive and negative impacts on a host community, especially at the national and international

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