Attracting international spectators to a sport event held in Asia

Watanabe, Yasuhiro and Gilbert, Cassendra and Aman, Mohd Salleh and Zhang, James Jianhui (2018) Attracting international spectators to a sport event held in Asia. International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, 19 (2). pp. 194-216. ISSN 1464-6668, DOI

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the systematic influence of core product features, event operation quality, sport fan identification, and image of host city as a tourism destination on behavioral intentions of international spectator at a Formula One (F1) event held in Malaysia. Design/methodology/approach: A survey form assessing the specified concepts was designed and employed to examine the structural relationships. The research participants were international spectators (n=512) attending the event. Data were randomly split into two halves, one for EFA (n=256) and the other for CFA and SEM (n=256). Findings: Findings revealed that core product feature and sport fan identification factors were significantly (p<0.05) related to both of international spectators’ desire to stay at the event, attend the event in the future, and revisit the country; whereas, event operation quality was only found to be significantly influential of the re-patronage, and destination image was only significantly influential of the desire to stay. The findings highlight the importance and relevance of these concepts in attracting, serving, and retaining international visitors to the event. Originality/value: Unlike other studies that are centered merely on game and event factors, this study expanded on a bigger ecological spectrum surrounding a F1 event and systematically evaluated the critical concepts and factors affecting international tourist to the event that can be considerable sources of economic growth. The findings provide empirical evidence for event and tourism management and marketing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Destination image; Fan psychology; Core product; Peripheral service
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2019 01:34
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2019 01:34

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