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Title: Destination South Africa: comparing global sports mega-events and recurring localised sports events in South Africa for tourism and economic development
Authors: Giampiccoli, Andrea 
Lee, Seungwon 
Nauright, John 
Nauright, John 
Keywords: Sports mega-events and tourism development;Recurring sports events and tourism development;Sport tourism and events (SPEs);Tourism and events in South Africa;2010 World Cup
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Source: Giampiccoli, A., Lee, S. and Nauright, J. 2015. Destination South Africa: comparing global sports mega-events and recurring localised sports events in South Africa for tourism and economic development. Current Issues in Tourism. Vol 18(3) 229-248
Abstract: This contribution examines the comparative value of sport mega-events such as the 2010 FIFA (Fe´de´ration Internationale de Football Association) World Cup of soccer held in South Africa and recurring sporting events (SPEs) such as the Comrades Marathon held each year in KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa. Through an examination of case studies of the World Cup and regional SPEs in South Africa, with particular focus on Durban and surrounding areas of KwaZulu-Natal, we seek to expand debate on the efï¬ cacy of various SPEs on tourism and local and regional economic development strategies. We present a detailed literature review of the role of these events to economic development and impacts on tourism and legacy planning then examine extant data produced around the 2010 World Cup (realising that we only have a partial picture to date) and compare that to SPEs held regularly in the region. Our aim is to generate intelligent debate around the role of sports and tourism in economic development strategies and suggest that alternative focus will yield more sustainable and predictable returns that locate beneï¬ ts in host communities.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10321/1451
ISSN: 1368-3500
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