Determinants of visitor expenditure at a major sports event.

Greig, Malcolm and McQuaid, Ronald W (2004) Determinants of visitor expenditure at a major sports event. In: European Regional Science Association Conference, 25th-29th August 2004, University of Porto, Portugal.

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This paper develops a model of the determinants of visitor expenditure at a one day repeated major sporting event in Edinburgh, Scotland. An econometric model is developed that combines both macroeconomic data and socio-economic information derived from over 1,000 visitor interviews. This allows us to control for individual characteristics and estimate the derived elasticities for the macroeconomic determinants of expenditure. The findings suggest that socio-economic characteristics of individuals may be more significant than macroeconomic indicators in explaining variations in visitor expenditure. Among individual characteristics, the region of origin, length of stay, type of accommodation, type of expenditure and personal income are associated with the level of per capita visitor expenditure. This should assist regional policy formulation in attracting higher spending visitors and thereby maximising the income and employment benefits from sporting events and other areas of tourism.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Delivered in Section N. Rural and local development. Natural resources, environment and tourism. Paper 618.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Expenditure; Sports events; Visitors; Influences; Socio-economic factors;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 304 Factors affecting social behavior
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 338 Production
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Item ID: 2403
Depositing User: Users 2 not found.
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2008 10:45
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2014 13:40

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