Exploring the motivations for engagement in sport tourism

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Cassidy, Frances and Pegg, Shane. 2008. "Exploring the motivations for engagement in sport tourism." ICES 2008: International Convention & Exposition Summit. Singapore 14 - 16 Feb 2008 Singapore.
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Exploring the motivations for engagement in sport tourism

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsCassidy, Frances (Author) and Pegg, Shane (Author)
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the International Convention & Exposition Summit (ICES 2008)
Number of Pages9
Year2008
Place of PublicationSingapore
ISBN9789810801441
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.unlv.edu.sg/ICES2008/index.html
Conference/EventICES 2008: International Convention & Exposition Summit
Event Details
ICES 2008: International Convention & Exposition Summit
Event Date
14 to end of 16 Feb 2008
Event Location
Singapore
Abstract

[Abstract]: Sports tourism has become a primary catalyst for tourism activity with a range of researchers noting
the growing recognition of the inherent relationship between sport and tourism over the last decade or
so. Importantly, sport tourism is a significant and growing global industry with notable economic
implications for the specific sport and/or the event as well as there being a variety of flow-on tourism
and travel benefits derived by the host destination by its staging. Despite this fact, sport tourism
remains an area of economic and social endeavor that has not been well researched. The primary aim
of this exploratory study therefore was to identify the underlying motivations for participant in the
Australian University Games. Primary data was collected by way of a self-administered questionnaire
with the study sample comprising students registered as participants at the Games. In all, over the
scheduled two day period of registration, approximately 6,500 participants formally registered for the
event. Of this number, just over 1,100 agreed to complete the survey with 1039 returning it to the
researchers in a usable form. Study results revealed that the primary reason participants chose to
attend the Australian University Games was to socialize and be with their friends. Other motivations
for attendance included the desire to compete with other athletics and to have a holiday away from
home. The implications of these findings with respect to event planning and event management
practices are discussed, as are recommendations for future research.

Keywordssport tourism, motivation, tourist behaviour
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350806. Tourist behaviour and visitor experience
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Management and Marketing
University of Queensland
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