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If you host it, where will they come from? Mega-Events and Tourism in South Africa

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  • MATHESON, Victor
  • PEETERS, Thomas
  • SZYMANSKI, Stefan

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Hosting a major international sporting event is a costly affair for the organizing country. Growth in tourism is often cited as one of the economic benefits, which should allow the host to earn back these costs. In this paper we use monthly country-by-country arrival data to assess the impact of organizing the FIFA 2010 World Cup on tourism in South Africa. We find that South Africa attracted around 200,000 extra arrivals from non-SADC countries during the event. Participating countries and South Americans contributed most to this increase. These figures are far below most projections made before the event.

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Paper provided by University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2012015.

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Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2012
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Handle: RePEc:ant:wpaper:2012015

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Keywords: World Cup; Sports; Tourism; South Africa;

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  1. Dennis Coates & Brad R. Humphreys, 2002. "The Economic Impact of Postseason Play in Professional Sports," Journal of Sports Economics, , , vol. 3(3), pages 291-299, August.
  2. Robert Baumann & Victor Matheson & Chihiro Muroi, 2008. "Bowling in Hawaii: Examining the Effectiveness of Sports-Based Tourism Strategies," Working Papers, International Association of Sports Economists;North American Association of Sports Economists 0807, International Association of Sports Economists;North American Association of Sports Economists.
  3. Victor Matheson, 2004. "Economic Multipliers and Mega-Event Analysis," Working Papers, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics 0402, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics.
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  1. Counting tourists
    by Johan Fourie in Johan Fourie's Blog on 2012-08-31 07:20:30
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  1. Robert Baumann & Victor Matheson, 2013. "Infrastructure Investments and Mega-Sports Events: Comparing the Experience of Developing and Industrialized Countries," Working Papers, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics 1305, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics.

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