Sports tourism

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Classification of Sport Tourism:
– Gammon and Robinson proposed classifications: Hard Sports Tourism and Soft Sports Tourism
– Gibson suggested three types: Sports Event Tourism, Celebrity and Nostalgia Sport Tourism, Active Sport Tourism

Hard and Soft Sport Tourism:
– Hard sports tourism involves competitive events like Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup
– Soft sports tourism includes recreational activities like hiking, skiing, and golf

Sporting Event Tourism:
– Major events like Olympics and FIFA World Cup attract the most tourists globally
– In the US, events like the Super Bowl and NHL Winter Classic are popular
– College basketball tournaments like Maui Invitational and Battle for Atlantis boost tourism

Celebrity and Nostalgia Sport Tourism:
– Involves visits to sports halls of fame and meeting sports personalities
– Provides fans with opportunities to engage with sports history and icons

Active Sport Tourism:
– Refers to participation in sports or sport events like rugby, football, and basketball
– Tournaments and festivals are organized worldwide for active sports enthusiasts

Sports tourism (Wikipedia)

Sports tourism refers to travel which involves either observing or participating in a sporting event while staying apart from the tourists' usual environment. Sport tourism is a fast-growing sector of the global travel industry and equates to $7.68 billion.

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