Importance of Sports Tourism

Australia in sport tourism driveAustralia has highlighted the power of sport tourism as integral to its tourism industry, led by events such as the Formula 1 Grand Prix. BTN takes a closer look at how the nation is harnessing sport to attract a global audience.

Over 300, 000 visitors recently flocked to Melbourne to witness the country’s top motor sport event, the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

This was an ideal opportunity to showcase Melbourne to a global audience, as leafy Albert Park was transformed into a racing hub with a sleek 5.3km circuit, against the backdrop of the city’s skyline.

As a sector, tourism contributes $33 billion in GDP, or 2.6 percent of Australia’s total GDP. Tourism is the country’s largest services export earner and provides around half a million jobs.

The International Tourism Trade Fairs Association (ITTFA) recently highlighted the importance of sports tourism specifically, examining how it has grown from niche market to multi-billion dollar business.

The UNWTO also actively positions sport and mega-events in national tourism development strategies in order to maximize their potential as a driver of growth and development.

“Sport and tourism bring people together in many unimaginable ways and can play a major part as instruments of change, ” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.

This was demonstrated when Australia played host to two Olympic Games, in Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000. In Melbourne 67 nations and more than 3, 000 athletes competed in the Games. Over 1.3 million tickets were sold to the public during the event and 110 000 tickets were sold overseas.

Sydney’s Homebush Bay was redeveloped for the 2000 Games, followed by the Paralympic Games. Sydney generated £1.2 billion additional business following the 2000 Olympic Games.

Tourism has dramatically increased and media coverage to the value of an astonishing £2.5 billion was achieved. International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch described the Sydney Olympics as ‘the best ever’.

Other important sporting events that have been held in Australia include The Commonwealth Games, involving athletes from 71 nations. Australia has also hosted world cups and finals of many sports, including cricket, rugby, netball, swimming, tennis and various football codes, the 2003 Rugby World cup final saw over 70, 000 England fans arrive in Sydney. The Melbourne Cup is one of the world’s premier horseracing events, attracting up to 120, 000 spectators and broadcast to a large international audience

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