Key Concepts in Tourist Studies provides a focused, quick reference guide for students exploring the fast growing and diverse field of tourist studies.Chosen by experienced teachers and researchers each concept defines, explains and develops a key topic in tourism and will act as a springboard for further reading and debate. This is an essential resource for all students of tourism.

Sports and Adventure Tourism

Sports and adventure tourism

Sports and adventure tourism is defined as the active, passive or nostalgic engagement with sports and sports-related activities while travelling away from one's normal place of residence.

Sports and adventure tourism appear to be growing as more and more people recognise the health benefits of active holidays. Ritchie (2005) suggests that sport can contribute between 1 and 2 per cent of an industrialised country's GDP, and that 20 per cent of trips in countries such as Britain can be directly related to sports participation. In the case of incidental sports participation (i.e. doing sports activities while on holiday), it can be as much as 50 per cent. Spectator vacations are also growing in popularity as visitors are attracted to sports ...

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