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Business impacts of event hosting: evidence from the Volvo Ocean Race Finale in Galway 2012

Patrick Collins (School of Geography & Archaeology, Whitaker Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland)
Emer Mulligan (Discipline of Accountancy and Finance, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland)
Mary Cawley (School of Geography & Archaeology, Whitaker Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland)

International Journal of Event and Festival Management

ISSN: 1758-2954

Article publication date: 9 August 2018

Issue publication date: 17 October 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper sets out to contribute to the growing literature analysing the broader impacts of event hosting. The purpose of this paper is twofold: the first is to add to the growing literature concerned with the spatial impact of immediate (economic) impacts on host locations; the second, in line with the dynamic element introduced by Chalip (2004), is to identify the implications for business leveraging of mega events in the more medium term.

Design/methodology/approach

The methodological approach involved analysis of documentary evidence and observational analysis on site before and during the event. The findings are primarily derived from a survey of 150 businesses located across Galway city and its suburbs alongside a thematic analysis of six interviews with the organisers of the event and survey responses.

Findings

The authors find that the aspirations to spread the benefits of hosting ultimately proved unsuccessful. Key to this is the power held by global event organisers relative to local organisers. The authors also identify a degree of mismanagement and a lack of adequate support for the organisation of leveraging activities. The authors note a unique geography of impact that does not follow a linear path of decrease from the event site.

Originality/value

The work highlights the tensions that can exist between the aspirations of hosting cities and their local organisers against those of international brands responsible for the organisation of global events. The results on the geography of impact also highlight a unique spatial trend, one that sees economic impact increase on the outer limits of the city.

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Citation

Collins, P., Mulligan, E. and Cawley, M. (2018), "Business impacts of event hosting: evidence from the Volvo Ocean Race Finale in Galway 2012", International Journal of Event and Festival Management, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 297-315. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEFM-07-2017-0042

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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