Investigating the satisfaction of active event sport tourists

Authors

  • Marko Perić Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, University of Rijeka, Croatia. E-mail: markop@fthm.hr
  • Ana Čuić Tanković Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, University of Rijeka, Croatia. E-mail: anact@fthm.hr

Keywords:

Satisfaction; Active event sport tourists; Small-scale sport events; Event attributes; Destination attributes

Abstract

Active event sport tourists (AESTs) are those tourists who are taking part in organised events as competitors. Each event is held in a particular destination and, as a part of a highly competitive industry, both events and destinations offer an ever-widening range of services, striving to make their visitors satisfied. In order to better understand, conceptualize and manage the AESTs’ satisfaction, the primary research based on a questionnaire survey was conducted on 16 small-scale sports events, collecting 502 responses. Results indicate that six satisfaction categories emerged: four event-related dimensions (staff and communication, event reputation, safety, and facilities and key processes) and two destination-related dimensions (destination offering and destination attributes). Understanding the role of the satisfaction of AESTs in a small-scale sport event creates both scientific and practical contributions, where sport event management and marketing need to consider each of these satisfaction categories in order to design and deliver the best active sport tourism experience.

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Published

2021-03-15

How to Cite

Perić, M. ., & Tanković, A. (2021). Investigating the satisfaction of active event sport tourists. European Journal of Tourism Research, 28, 2806. Retrieved from https://ejtr.vumk.eu/index.php/about/article/view/2251