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The impact of mega-sport events on tourist arrivals

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  • Johan Fourie

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    (Department of Economics, University of Stellenbosch)

  • María Santana-gallego

    (Department of Economics, La Laguna University, Spain)

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While a mega-sport event is scheduled at least once every year somewhere in the world, these events are rare occurrences for the host cities and countries. The benefits of such events seem lucrative; the very fact that many countries bid to host these events suggests that the benefits – be they tangible or intangible – more often than not outweigh the costs. Using a standard gravity model of bilateral tourism flows between 200 countries from 1995 to 2006, this paper measures a very direct benefit of such mega-events: the increase in tourist arrivals to the host country. In general, results suggest that mega-events promote tourism but the gain varies depending on the type of mega-event, the participating countries, the host country’s level of development, and whether the event is held during the peak season or off season.

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Paper provided by Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 20/2010.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Keywords: Sport mega-events; tourism; World Cup; Olympic Games; trade;

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  1. Counting tourists
    by Johan Fourie in Johan Fourie's Blog on 2012-08-31 07:20:30
  2. Brazil paying a high price as it prepares for World Cup 2014
    by Simon Chadwick, Professor of Sport Business Strategy at Coventry University in The Conversation on 2013-06-26 05:47:07
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  1. Tiziana Cuccia & Calogero Guccio & Ilde Rizzo, 2013. "Does Unesco inscription affect the performance of tourism destinations? A regional perspective," ACEI Working Paper Series, the Association for Cultural Economics International AWP-04-2013, the Association for Cultural Economics International, revised Oct 2013.
  2. Martí Selva, Mª Luisa & Puertas Medina, Rosa, 2012. "Impacto económico de la celebración de un evento deportivo: Campeonato del Mundo de MotoGP en Valencia/Economic Impact of a Sporting Event: MotoGP World Champonship in Valencia," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 30, pages 683-702, Agosto.
  3. Metaxas, Theodore & Bati, Aristea & Filippopoulos, Dimitris & Drakos, Kostas & Tzellou, Vagia, 2011. "Strategic place marketing and place branding: 15 years of mega-events in Lisbon," MPRA Paper 41004, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2011.
  4. Michiel de Nooij & Marcel van den Berg, 2013. "The bidding paradox: why rational politicians still want to bid for mega sports events," Working Papers, Utrecht School of Economics 13-08, Utrecht School of Economics.

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