Olympic Tourism

1st Edition

Authors: Mike Weed
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750681612
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 1st November 2007
Page Count: 256


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Olympic Tourism is the first text to focus on the nature of Olympic tourism and the potential for the Olympic Games to generate tourism in the run up to and long after the hosting of a Games. The awarding of the 2012 Olympics to London will see an increasing interest in the phenomena of organising, managing and analysing the issues which surround mega-event sport tourism. This text will address these issues and using detailed case analysis of previous and future games, discuss how to maximise the success of managing tourism at these events. Written from an international perspective this text provides the reader with:

  • An exploration of the relationship between sport, tourism and the Olympic Games
  • A guide on how to establish Olympic tourism as a phenomenon that goes far beyond the visits of spectators, athletes, officials and dignitaries during the Games themselves.
  • An examination of the detail of Olympic tourism flows before, during and after the Games
  • Analysis of the requisite partnerships between a range of sport, tourism, Olympic and other agencies to successfully leverage and deliver maximum tourism benefits
  • The tools to draw lessons from case studies of previous and forthcoming winter and summer Olympic Games in the 21st Century
  • A discussion of the potential tourism legacies of the Olympic Games

The World Tourism Organisation and International Olympic Committee hosted a major international conference on sport and tourism in Barcelona, Spain (February 2001). This conference represented a defining moment in the growing recognition of the relationship between sport and tourism, and specifically in the recognition of the role the Olympic Games can play in tourism generation. The conference represented official recognition of the tourism potential of sport and the Olympic Games by these leading international organisations

Key Features

  • Examines both the impacts of the pre- and post-games periods and the key aspects of policy, planning and strategy required to effectively maximise Olympic tourism
  • Underpinned by established theoretical perspectives from tourism and sports tourism it explores the relationship between sport, tourism and the Olympic Games
  • Case studies based on cutting edge research in the field, draw lessons from the most recent and forthcoming Olympics


Final year undergraduates and postgraduates on sport management, tourism management, leisure management and event management courses. Practitioners working in the related Olympic industries.

Will also provide general reading interest for the following disciplines: business studies and management, economics, cultural studies, sociology, history, urban studies and planning and politics

Table of Contents

Foreword; PART ONE; Chapter One – Sport, Tourism & the Olympic Games; Chapter Two – Who are Olympic Tourists?; Chapter Three – The Detail of Olympic Tourism; Chapter Four – Leveraging Olympic Tourism; Chapter Five – Planning for Olympic Tourism; PART TWO; Chapter Six – The Winter Olympic Games; Chapter Seven – The Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney (2000); Chapter Eight – The Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens (2004); Chapter Nine – The Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing (2008); Chapter Ten – The Games of the XXX Olympiad in London (2012); Afterword; References


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About the Author

Mike Weed

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of the Centre for Sport, Physical Education & Activity Research (SPEAR), Canterbury Christ Church University, UK