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Variations in Residents' Reactions to Major Motorsport Events: Why Residents Perceive the Impacts of Events Differently

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With the increasing reliance on the staging of events as an ingredient of tourist destination development and promotion, their impacts on subgroups within the host community have become an issue for consideration by event management. In an effort to understand the varying ways in which local residents react to tourism and event impacts, and the reasons for their reactions, social representation theory has been advanced as a framework for analysis. This article follows on from a previous one reporting the results of a cluster analysis aimed at identifying a range of social representations held by residents of two Australian cities in regard to similar motorsport events. Logistic regression analysis is used to evaluate the success and relative importance of a number of independent variables in predicting the social representations held by local residents.
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Keywords: Event impacts Residents' perceptions Community reactions Destination; management

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Tourism and Hotel Management, Griffith University, Gold Coast, PMB 50 Gold Coast Mail Centre, Queensland 9726, Australia

Publication date: February 1, 2001

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  • Event Management, an International Journal, intends to meet the research and analytic needs of a rapidly growing profession focused on events. This field has developed in size and impact globally to become a major business with numerous dedicated facilities, and a large-scale generator of tourism. The field encompasses meetings, conventions, festivals, expositions, sport and other special events. Event management is also of considerable importance to government agencies and not-for-profit organizations in a pursuit of a variety of goals, including fund-raising, the fostering of causes, and community development.
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