Host residents' perceptions of the impact of the 2009 World Games on Kaohsiung : a longitudinal perspective

MA, S C, MA, S M and ROTHERHAM, Ian (2012). Host residents' perceptions of the impact of the 2009 World Games on Kaohsiung : a longitudinal perspective. South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation, 34 (2), 115-135.

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This study assesses host residents' perceived impacts of the 2009 Kaohsiung World (the Games) on their communities. The main purpose was to investigate host resident's perceptions concerning the impact of staging the Games, looking at the issues affecting communities both before and after the event. Importantly the study introduces a new theoretical basis for assessing event tourism impacts. From a statistical perspective, significant differences were found concerning perceived general benefits, as well as negative impacts. The Nicosia model was used to help explain the findings. Overall, residents held relatively high expectations of general benefits, benefits of community involvement and development, in addition to economic and image benefits. Subsequent to the Games, residents realised that tangible or more direct benefits (such as additional recreational opportunities, short and long term boosts to the local economy and increased employment) were lower than expected. The study concludes by emphasising the importance of adopting a strategic approach, which focuses on engaging beneficiaries (host residents) in the early stages of event development. Planners should also seek to match the destination's development policies to the desired outcomes of the event.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: UoA26
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > Service Sector Management
Page Range: 115-135
Depositing User: Rebecca Jones
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2013 09:48
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 10:31

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