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Impact of Major Sporting Events on Host Communities
Pages 8 (2008 words)
Impact of Major Sporting Events on Host Communities Introduction Nowadays, numerous cities, regions, or countries are making an effort capitalising on major sport events to realise planned corporate goals. The underlying principle of this effort is that sports events have the capacity to create exceptional opportunities for major political, social, and economic gains for the host city, region, and country…
2010). Thus, this essay critically evaluates whether major sport events are of major benefit to the host city, region, or country. Social Impacts Tourism research has presented a wide array of proof that major sport events can have negative and positive impacts on a host city. Several of the positive outcomes concern economic gain or national honour and high spirits among citizens. This national honour leads to the ‘psychic income’ related to hosting a major event (Gratton & Henry 2001, 32). Moreover, major sporting events have been said to introduce nations to new knowledge and lead to a liberalisation of ideals in closed societies. As a worldwide event, sport draws active involvement and mass viewership, both creating the sub-cultural features of such sport (Gratton & Henry 2001). Commonly, scholars give much attention to the economic effects of major sporting events, thus studies in this field is scarce. According to Hall (1992), social impacts is “the manner in which tourism and travel affect changes in the collective and individual value systems, behaviour patterns, community structures, lifestyle and quality of life” (as cited in Robinson et al. 2011, 155). ...
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