The event-tourist career trajectory : A study of high-involvement amateur distance runners

Getz, Donald and Andersson, Tommy D. (2010) The event-tourist career trajectory : A study of high-involvement amateur distance runners. Scandinavian Journal of Tourism and Hospitality, 10 4: 468-491. doi:10.1080/15022250.2010.524981

Author Getz, Donald
Andersson, Tommy D.
Title The event-tourist career trajectory : A study of high-involvement amateur distance runners
Journal name Scandinavian Journal of Tourism and Hospitality   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1502-2250
Publication date 2010-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/15022250.2010.524981
Volume 10
Issue 4
Start page 468
End page 491
Total pages 24
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, England
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Drawing from theory on serious leisure, social worlds, recreation specialization, ego-involvement, and travel motivation, it is proposed that many people with specific sport or lifestyle interests will develop event-specific careers. These careers will follow a trajectory that can be measured in terms of six dimensions: motivations (especially the pursuit of higher-level personal needs); changing travel styles; spatial and temporal patterns, event and destination choices. As a partial test of the event-tourist career trajectory, a large sample of registrants for a half-marathon in Sweden was questioned in a pre-event survey about their motives, involvement in their sport, and event-related travel. Employing an involvement scale specific to amateur distance runners, analysis revealed that most runners were not highly-involved in this sport. However, a comparison of the most highly-involved (constituting the top decile of the sample), and the remainder, revealed many significant differences that do support the hypotheses in all six dimensions. Implications are drawn for theory development and future research, as well as for the design and marketing of sport events aimed at niche market segments. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
Keyword Event
Serious Leisure
Travel career trajectory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Created: Wed, 19 Oct 2011, 21:32:54 EST by Donald Getz on behalf of School of Tourism