Sports Tourism Participants, Policy and Providers

ISBN-10: 0750683759
ISBN-13: 9780750683753
Edition: 2nd 2009
Authors: Mike Weed, Chris Bull
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Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/26/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Sports Tourism: participants, policy and providers is an unparalleled text that explains sports tourism as a social, economic and cultural phenomenon that stems from the unique interaction of activity, people and place. Unlike other texts, it established sports tourism as a unique area that produces its own unique issues, concerns and controversies. The text tackles these issues from three viewpoints: * participants: examining the profiles, motivations and behaviour patterns of sports tourists to create a typology of participants * policy: analyses the response by policy makers to this phenomenon and the problems of achieving integration between two sectors with historically different cultures * providers: their motivations, aims, objectives and strategies Now in its second edition the text has been further developed to include material on cutting-edge developments in the field and is illustrated by all new case studies including a chapter on cycling tourism and North American professional team sports. Sports Tourism: participants, policy and providers is an essential text for anybody studying this unique topic. * Completely revised with cutting edge new material * Illustrated with all new international case studies * Further development of theoretical frameworks established by first edition

Context
The first chapter of the book, Tracing Interest in Sports Tourism is essentially a brief historical overview of the development of sports tourism and as such will remain largely untouched
However, the second chapter in this first part, An Overview of the Sports Tourism Link, will be substantially updated to include more recent research on the implications of linking sport and tourism
Participants
Part two commences with chapter three, Conceptualising the Sports Tourist, which examines motivations for sports tourism, and the interaction of participants with place
Two key developments in this chapter will be a further development of the material on place, and a discussion of cultural motivations for sports tourism (to supplement the discussions of physical, interpersonal and status & prestige motivations from the first edition)
In addition, a discussion of ?vicarious? sports tourism experiences will take place
Chapter four, which discusses Participant Profiles, will undergo a general updating
Finally in this part, chapter five, A Typology of Sports Tourists will be developed further to reflect the changes made in chapters three and four, and this will include modifications to the ?Sports Tourism Participation Model?
Policy
The first chapter in this part, The Policy Context (chapter six), will undergo a general updating, with exemplars being updated to reflect changes to policy structures since the first edition
Chapter Seven, Prospects for Integration, will be developed to discuss the success or failure of more recent policy initiatives for linking sport and tourism, and the ?prospects? aspect of the discussion will be updated to reflect this
This will involve changes, in the light of more recent empirical research, to the ?Policy Matrix for Sport and Tourism? which outlines the range of areas in which policy makers for sport and for tourism might reasonably be expected to collaborate
Providers
In part two (as noted above), a discussion of ?vicarious? sports tourism experiences will be introduced
As a result, the development of the ?Model of Sports Tourism Types? in chapter eight, The Market for Sports Tourism, will be updated to include ?vicarious? participation as a potential feature of sports tourism types
Chapter Nine, which in addition to discussing Provision Strategies, is also the final substantive chapter of the book, will reflect the various changes included in the previous eight chapters in an updated discussion of strategies in which the range of examples used will also be updated
Case Studies
A key update for a second edition of STPPP will be the addition of two further case study chapters
Of course, chapters ten (Diversification in Malta), eleven (Urban Sports Tourism in Sheffield), twelve (Activity Tourism in Wales), and thirteen (Winter Skiing in the European Alps) will be generally updated
However, case studies of Cycling Tourism and North American Professional Team Sports will be added as chapters fifteen and sixteen
A chapter on cycle tourism will focus on both informal cycling holidays and travel to compete in cycle events
Unlike the other case study chapters, it will focus on participants rather than the place in which cycle tourism takes place, and as such will illustrate the material discussed in part two of the book
The chapter on North American Professional Team Sports will examine the tourism impacts of such professional franchises, as well as the behaviours of travelling spectators, the policy imperatives in keeping or attracting franchises, and the peculiar nature of such franchises as providers
As such, it is a useful final case study as it

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