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Running Tourism and the Global Rise of Small Scale Sport Tourism Events

Part of the Sports Economics, Management and Policy book series (SEMP,volume 18)

Abstract

Sport tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors within the global tourism industry. Within this geopolitical context, small scale sport tourism events offer a wealth of opportunities for local host cities and communities. As such, many countries and municipalities within these countries want to capitalize on the local and global opportunities of sport tourism. While many of these locations are interested in the potential economic benefits of these sport tourism events, there is increased pressure on organizers and sponsors to also promote social and environmental sustainability. The aim of this book is to outline the contribution of small scale sport tourism events for local sustainable development in nine countries across three continents. The event, half marathon races, serves as the unit of analysis for comparison, as running tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors within the sport tourism industry worldwide. Findings from this comparative study reveal a collection of best practices for future planning and implementation at the intersection of small scale sport tourism and local sustainable development.

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  • Local sustainable development
  • Running tourism
  • Small scale sport tourism events

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  1. 1.

    The 2020 Olympic Games to be held in Japan were postponed as a result of the coronavirus-19 pandemic.

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    Forms of political populism and the rise in power of xenophobic nationalist leaders in recent years have, in turn, reinforced these boundaries, such as building walls and other types of isolationism, as part of these leaders’ domestic policies.

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    Like the 2020 Olympic Games to be held in Japan, these international sporting events have been postponed or canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. At the time of publication, the deaths from this virus have reached staggering numbers. In the ten countries represented by contributors to this book, the statistics are sobering and increasing. In alphabetical order the numbers as of July 16, 2020 are: Algeria (1052); Brazil (76,688); Czech Republic (355); France (30,120); Hungary (595); Italy (35,017); Portugal (1679); Romania (1971); Switzerland (1968); United States (138,000).

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Van Rheenen, D., Sobry, C., Melo, R. (2021). Running Tourism and the Global Rise of Small Scale Sport Tourism Events. In: Melo, R., Sobry, C., Van Rheenen, D. (eds) Small Scale Sport Tourism Events and Local Sustainable Development. Sports Economics, Management and Policy, vol 18. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-62919-9_1

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