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The Impact of Sports Events on Inbound Tourism in New Zealand

The Impact of Sports Events on Inbound Tourism in New Zealand Sports events are an instrument of destination marketing for host countries. Over the past 40 years, New Zealand has held sports events such as the Commonwealth Games and the America's Cup and many international tourists have visited New Zealand during these events. While past studies have examined the economic value of such tourism at a generic level, the impact of mega sports events at more specific levels is unknown. Thus, this study examines not only the impact of eight mega sports events upon New Zealand's international tourist arrivals over the 1983–2005 period at the overall level, but also the number of tourist arrivals from participating countries for each event. Results suggest that the 1990 Commonwealth Games, the 2000 America's Cup (yachting) and the 2005 British and Irish Lions Tour (rugby) had a significant impact on tourist arrivals overall and on arrivals from each participating country. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research Taylor & Francis

The Impact of Sports Events on Inbound Tourism in New Zealand

Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research , Volume 18 (8): 13 – Dec 1, 2013
13 pages

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2013 Asia Pacific Tourism Association
ISSN
1741-6507
eISSN
1094-1665
DOI
10.1080/10941665.2012.718718
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Abstract

Sports events are an instrument of destination marketing for host countries. Over the past 40 years, New Zealand has held sports events such as the Commonwealth Games and the America's Cup and many international tourists have visited New Zealand during these events. While past studies have examined the economic value of such tourism at a generic level, the impact of mega sports events at more specific levels is unknown. Thus, this study examines not only the impact of eight mega sports events upon New Zealand's international tourist arrivals over the 1983–2005 period at the overall level, but also the number of tourist arrivals from participating countries for each event. Results suggest that the 1990 Commonwealth Games, the 2000 America's Cup (yachting) and the 2005 British and Irish Lions Tour (rugby) had a significant impact on tourist arrivals overall and on arrivals from each participating country.

Journal

Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism ResearchTaylor & Francis

Published: Dec 1, 2013

Keywords: New Zealand; sports events; sports tourism; inbound tourists

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