Challenges facing immediate tourism leveraging: evidence from the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Mhanna, R., Blake, A. and Jones, I., 2017. Challenges facing immediate tourism leveraging: evidence from the London 2012 Olympic Games. Managing Sport and Leisure, 22 (2), 147 - 165.

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DOI: 10.1080/23750472.2017.1412269

Abstract

Models of event leveraging identify strategies that organisers can use to increase the benefits that sport events bring to host destinations. Amongst these, leveraging tourism benefits during the event is a frequently cited strategy by which organisers can bring more money into a destination. To date, little work has been conducted on leveraging immediate tourism benefits from mega sport events. In addressing this issue, we reflect and present findings related to previously identified event leveraging theories that are determined by tourists’ activities at a host destination. These are (a) enticing visitor spending and (b) lengthening visitor stay. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the use of such leveraging strategies during the London 2012 Olympic Games to increase event-related tourism. Results from 15 interviews with key stakeholders demonstrate that the effectiveness of these leveraging strategies can be limited by a number of challenges: (1) limited strategies to entice visitor spending (2) limited interest in tourism attractions (3) lack of location attractiveness (4) the displacement effect and (5) the impact of the wider economic environment. Key challenges and opportunities are detailed, a discussion on the implications for event leveraging is provided and potential areas for future research are outlined.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:2375-0472
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mega Events ; Leveraging ; Tourism ; Olympic Games
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:30112
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:12 Dec 2017 11:43
Last Modified:31 Jan 2018 16:24

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