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NETWORKED ECONOMIC VALUE CREATION IN EVENT TOURISM, AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF TOWNS AND SMALLER CITIES IN THE UK

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This study explores the role of networks in generating economic value for event tourism in towns and smaller cities in the UK. While networks have been shown to create a wide range of value, research in this context is limited and little is understood of if or how economic value is generated. The lens used in this study was the value creating side of the business model canvas with local government organisations as the focal node examining the flow of economic value from partners, activities and resources. There were survey responses from 112 different town and city organisations across the UK. The study found that only the ‘activities’ element of the network contributed significantly to creating economic value in an event tourism context. The network components of ‘partners’ and ‘resources’ were not on their own significant to the creation of economic value. The outcomes of this paper suggest that practitioners in towns and cities should strategise their engagement with local networks through a formal event tourism strategy that clearly defines how they operationalise engagement activities within that network in order the facilitate economic value creation. In addition, the paper raises questions around what resources are needed at the focal node (local government organisations) in order to maximise the economic value created by the network.
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Keywords: Business model canvas; Economic value creation; Event tourism; Networks

Affiliations: 1: Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB, United Kingdom 2: Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB, , United Kingdom

Appeared or available online: May 27, 2020

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