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Proximate tourists and major sport events in everyday leisure.

King, K., Shipway, R., Lee, I.S. and Brown, G., 2018. Proximate tourists and major sport events in everyday leisure. Tourism Geographies: An International Journal of Tourism Space, Place and Environment, 20 (5), 880-898.

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DOI: 10.1080/14616688.2018.1477827


The local and the everyday provide a base resource for an individual to draw upon selectively in the reflexive construction of their leisure lifestyles. Through processes of tourism, however, these everyday spaces can become transformed into tourist products such as through the staging of major sports events. Research often recognises the social impacts sport tourism events can have on host communities yet assume homogeneity across these communities without considering the differentiated leisure lifestyles which characterise them. This paper explores the interplay between the hosting of major sports events and leisure spaces, community and practices of local established sporting communities who are connected to the event through their socio-cultural proximity to the leisure lifestyle and physical proximity to the event setting. The study draws upon qualitative data from interviews with 19 cyclists who live in Adelaide, the host city of the Tour Down Under, an annual professional cycle race and festival. The findings explore the ways in which local cyclists experience the event as proximate tourists drawing upon their knowledge of everyday sporting spaces, local resources and their insider status to inform their identities. The findings examine the ways in which they maintain connections with local places throughout the staging of the event, and highlight some of the tensions this creates in their on-going everyday leisure practices. It argues that organisers of major sports events should utilise the pool of resident participant experts offered through local sports clubs and communities and ensure they benefit from their hosting.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:major sports events; leisure; tourism; proximity; cycling
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:31017
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:19 Jul 2018 14:44
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:11


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