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An Analysis of Sport Event Tourism Research: Trends, Issues and Future Directions


  • Douglas Michele TURCO

    (Drexel University, Philadelphia (US))


Sport tourism as an academic discipline and research focus has evolved considerably in the past two decades. Textbooks, academic conferences, undergraduate and graduate degree programmes, and a scientific journal, Journal of Sport and Tourism, now exist. This article examines the current body of research devoted to event-based sport tourism and identifies patterns of sport tourist behaviors, research issues, and future areas for research. Research focus areas covered include event economic impacts, serious sport tourists, prestige-worthy sport tourism, residents’ perceptions of events, and watching friends and relatives (WFRs).

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  • Douglas Michele TURCO, 2008. "An Analysis of Sport Event Tourism Research: Trends, Issues and Future Directions," Journal of Tourism Challenges and Trends, Romanian-American University, vol. 1(2), pages 61-76, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:rau:jurtct:v:1:y:2008:i:2:p:61-76

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