Special event tourism, which encompasses several formats, is an important component of the travel and tourism industry and plays a critical role in the economies of destinations. To define special event tourism, it is important to understand the components of this concept. First, an event is a happening, or something that is created to bring people together for a specific purpose. Special refers to anything that is unusual, distinct, or extraordinary while tourism, broadly defined, relates to travel for leisure or recreation. Special event tourism therefore can be defined as travel for the primary purpose of attending extraordinary one time or infrequent happenings or events.

Frequency of special events varies in terms of occurrence. Some might be one-time events, while others have clearly defined periods between ...

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