Serious sport tourism and event travel careers

Getz, Donald and McConnell, Aaron (2011) Serious sport tourism and event travel careers. Journal of Sport Management, 25 4: 326-338.

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Author Getz, Donald
McConnell, Aaron
Title Serious sport tourism and event travel careers
Journal name Journal of Sport Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0888-4773
1543-270X
Publication date 2011-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 25
Issue 4
Start page 326
End page 338
Total pages 13
Place of publication Champaign, IL, United States
Publisher Human Kinetics
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article seeks to advance theory pertaining to serious sport tourism, through the application of serious leisure and ego-involvement theory and the analysis of a survey of participants in the TransRockies Challenge mountain-bike event. Participants were questioned postevent about their motives, involvement in their sport, event-related travel, and destination and event preferences. Analysis revealed that most respondents were highly involved in competitive mountain biking, and were primarily motivated by self development through meeting a challenge. Many respondents also participated in a portfolio of other competitive sport events that provided similar personal rewards. Results suggest that many serious sport tourists develop travel careers centered on competitive events. A hypothetical framework for assessing six dimensions of event travel career trajectories is developed, leading to consideration of practical management implications and research needs.
Keyword Leisure Involvement
Specialization
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
UQ Business School Publications
 
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