nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2008‒08‒21
three papers chosen by
Antonello Scorcu
University of Bologna

  1. Sport Practice Tourism - A Segment of Sport Tourism Market By G. Carvalho, Pedro; Lourenço, Rui
  2. The Feel-good Effect at Mega Sports Events. Recommendations for Public and Private Administration Informed by the Experience of the FIFA World Cup 2006 By Wolfgang Maennig; Marcel Porsche
  3. Do Economists Reach a Conclusion on Subsidies for Sports Franchises, Stadiums, and Mega-Events? By Dennis Coates; Brad R. Humphreys

  1. By: G. Carvalho, Pedro; Lourenço, Rui
    Abstract: Sport Tourism represents the knowledge and the group of practices where Sport and Tourism became interdependent. This overlapping area turns clearly at two levels that might be named by Sport Tourism Spectacle and Sport Tourism Practice. According to Pigeassou [9] the foundations of sport tourism do not consist purely of classifying sport tourism activities using categories employed in sport activities. In this article we provide a theoretical framework for the understanding of the market segment in Sport Tourism Practice, looking at their client behaviour typology (enthusiastic and casual), their motivations and high lightening the role this framework plays on the tourist destiny development. Furthermore we present some empirical results of a seminal experimental design.
    Keywords: Sport; Sport Tourism; Sport Tourism Practice; Sport Tourism Spectacle
    JEL: A12 L83
    Date: 2008–08–06
  2. By: Wolfgang Maennig (University of Hamburg); Marcel Porsche (University of Hamburg)
    Abstract: One of the most important social effects of the 2006 football World Cup was the feel-good effect. The present contribution is one of the first to deal with the development of a general theory for the management of feel-good effects and systematically analyses the influencing factors taking the 2006 World Cup as an example. Of importance are suitable basic organizational and infrastructure conditions in the realms of security, transport, and ecology. The media activities of public and private sponsors should break away from the traditional narrow focus and classic brand sponsoring in favor of a more socially responsible sponsoring. Sporting success of the home team is important, which may be due in equal measures to the style of play of the team and its demeanor. The creation of generally accessible participation opportunities through free TV in the host country and the setting up of fan festivals can counteract any frustration that might arise from the allocation of ad-mission tickets. Any targeted manipulation of the weather may be considered with due regard to possible ecological implications.
    Keywords: Feel-good Effect, Sports Economics, World Cup, Mega-Events; Image Effects, Public Viewing
    JEL: H83 L83 M14
    Date: 2008–08
  3. By: Dennis Coates (Department of Economics, University of Maryland, Baltimore County); Brad R. Humphreys (Department of Economics, University of Alberta)
    Abstract: This paper reviews the empirical literature assessing the effects of subsidies for professional sports franchises and facilities. The evidence reveals a great deal of consistency among economists doing research in this area. That evidence is that sports subsidies cannot be justified on the grounds of local economic development, income growth or job creation, those arguments most frequently used by subsidy advocates. The paper also relates survey evidence showing that economists in general oppose sports subsidies. In addition to reviewing the empirical literature, we describe the economic intuition that probably underlies the strong consensus among economists against sports subsidies.
    Keywords: sports, subsidies, stadiums, arenas
    JEL: L83 H2 H4
    Date: 2008–08

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