Ritchie, B. W., Shipway, R. and Cleeve, B., 2009. Resident Perceptions of Mega-Sporting Events: A Non-Host City Perspective of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Journal of Sport & Tourism, 14 (2&3), pp. 143-167.
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Despite the growing importance of a 'triple bottom line' approach to mega sport event research, limited longitudinal research has been carried out to understand and explain resident perceptions of the impact of such events. The aim of this paper is to develop a deeper understanding of the social dimension of Olympic tourism development, by exploring resident perceptions of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games within the two respective communities of Weymouth and Portland in England. This paper reports the first stage of a repeated cross-sectional longitudinal study conducted in 2007. It highlights that generally residents were supportive of hosting the event in the local area but were concerned over perceived traffic congestion, parking issues and potential increases in the cost of living. A factor analysis identified five factors that explained 60.5% of the variance in resident perceptions, with the largest factor comprising 'positive social impacts', followed by 'negative impacts', 'transport issues', 'positive economic impacts' and 'price rises.' Differences were found between these factors and socio-demographic characteristics. Implications for mega event managers and future research are outlined.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Host Community; Sport Tourism; Perceptions; Longitudinal; Olympic Games; Impacts|
|Subjects:||Arts > Sports|
Social Sciences > Tourism
|Group:||School of Tourism > Centre for Event and Sport Research|
|Deposited By:||Mrs Jean Harris|
|Deposited On:||21 Jan 2010 17:33|
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