A framework for monitoring during the planning stage for a sports mega-event

MA, Shang-Chun, EGAN, David, ROTHERHAM, Ian and MA, Shang-Min (2011). A framework for monitoring during the planning stage for a sports mega-event. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 19 (1), 79-96.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09669582.2010.502576
Link to published version:: 10.1080/09669582.2010.502576

Abstract

This paper proposes a monitoring framework to be used during the planning stage for a sports mega-event. The research identifies a lack of monitoring and evaluation studies during the development stage for sports mega-events. Importantly, it notes the absence of research which evaluates an event systematically from the outset of the process and from the perspectives of host residents and event planners. The framework was developed on the basis of the philosophical approach of pragmatism; it focused on a sustainable development perspective, and it was applied to a case study of the Kaohsiung 2009 World Games. A survey of the views of 606 host residents about the potential impacts of the event revealed that the respondents tended to show higher levels of agreement on the host benefits. The results of 38 interviews with various stakeholders indicated big gaps in both the city's long-term development aspirations and the Games themselves and also in the event strategies adopted. Using this information, key sustainability issues can be identified and monitored during the event planning stage so that the desirable outcomes of events can be enhanced and then sustained in the longer term.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Urban and Regional Studies
Identification Number: 10.1080/09669582.2010.502576
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2012 10:25
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2012 10:25
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4810

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