Sport Tourism Destinations

Issues and Analysis


  • James Higham, Associate Professor, Department of Tourism, University of Otago, New Zealand

Few forces in contemporary society influence the fortunes of tourism destinations more immediately than sport. From football fans to kayaking, Sports Tourism Destinations: issues, opportunities and analysis examines the planning, development and management of sport tourism destinations. With contributions from international experts, this book looks at the dramatic effects sports tourism has on the economy and future of tourism destinations. Divided into four parts, the book systematically covers:* Sports tourism destination analysis: applies principles of destination resource analysis to the study of sport tourism destinations* Destination planning and development: illustrates the mutually beneficial links between sport, tourism and destination planning.* Destination marketing and management: explores theoretical and applied aspects of sport tourism destination marketing and management*Sport tourism impacts and environments: identifies and discusses critical issues of sustainable development at sport tourism destinationsPractical case studies in each chapter illustrate and highlight the links between sport tourism theory and practice.
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Primary: final year undergraduate and postgraduate students taking modules on sports tourism on leisure management/studies, sports management/studies and tourism management/studies courses. Secondary: Industry professionals in sports and tourism sectors.


Book information

  • Published: September 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-5937-6


"Researchers as well as students will find this book valuable for accessing the current body of knowledge on sports tourism, and will be stimulated to engage in research on unanswered questions surrounding sport tourism destinations." Tourism Management Volume 27, Issue 5 , October 2006, Pages 1078-1079

Table of Contents

Sport tourism destination analysis (Bull); Destination resource analysis; Understanding sport tourism markets(Delpy-Neirotti): Understanding sport tourist experiences (Gibson); Players and teams (Francis & Murphy); Destination planning and development (Hall); Sport and tourism management (Stevens); Sport tourism policy (Weed); Sports tourism destinations: Planning and development issues (Hall); Strategies for sport tourism destinations (Webb); Destination marketing and management; Marketing, media and place promotion (Chalip); Sport tourist behaviour (Ryan, Trauer); Sport and tourism seasonality (Hudson); Sport and urban destination managementSport tourism impacts and environments; The economics of sport tourism at major sports events (Gratton); Sport tourism and resource impacts (Orams); Sport, culture and place (Hinch); Sport and the evolution of destinations (Butler); The future of sport tourism