- I hope you have kept all the things as per the list?”- Ksheetej’s mom enquired.
“Yeah mom don’t worry!”- Ksheetej replied!
“I hope you have kept an extra jacket as the match will end late everyday and Russia is freezing?”- Ksheetej’s mom asked.
“Yeah mom”- Ksheetej said while ticking it off his To-Do list.
Ksheetej is heading to Russia to watch the FIFA World cup! The excitement is palpable and you can sense a bit of hysteria too! Clearly, in India, cricket has taken a back seat for the moment. Move over Kohli’s and Dhoni’s and step in to the world of Ronaldo and Messi!
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Sports Tourism and FIFA 2018
Sports Tourism may be defined as any traveling that is done to participate in a sporting event – including just watching. As long as a sport (soccer, baseball, golf, football, cricket, competitive knitting, etc.) is the primary reason for one’s travels, it can be considered sports tourism. Thus, one can indulge in sports tourism either as a participant or as a spectator! In simple terms, Christiano Ronaldo is the participant in FIFA 2018 and Ksheetej is the spectator!
Impact of Sports Tourism on Host countries
Case study of FIFA 2010 on South Africa
According to a study conducted by South African Tourism, a total of 309,554 foreign tourists arrived in South Africa for the primary purpose of attending the 2010 FIFA World Cup and those tourists spent about R3,64 billion during their stay. Shopping and enjoying nightlife were the two most common activities which tourists engaged in, apart from watching the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The total awareness of South Africa as a leisure destination increased by nine per cent after the FIFA World Cup. Tourists also found their experience in the country much better than they expected before arriving. The 2010 FIFA World Cup did help improve the negative perceptions South Africa has on safety and security issues and as a value-for-money destination. Even though the tournament was held in winter, the Fan Parks were a popular choice for many supporters. The most visited Fan Parks were also in Gauteng , KwaZulu-Natal, and Western Cape. About five per cent of the 2010 FIFA World Cup tourists indicated that they visited other African countries during their trip to South Africa.
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Origin of Bed and Breakfast scheme in Delhi
While Commonwealth Games 2010 were planned in a big way in Delhi, administrators and bureaucrats were concerned about the influx of tourists in Delhi during the Games. It was noted that there was a huge dearth of budget category hotel rooms and a swift solution had to be sought. So, the obvious answer was Bed and Breakfast scheme or Homestay scheme. India has been a great host to international travelers from time immemorial and now was the time to show off the hospitable skills again! Thus, started the registration process of the homes and their being converted into Bed and Breakfast rooms. Citizens from the intellectual strata of the society came forward to convert their homes into BnBs and became entrepreneurs while sitting at home!
Now, a retired Army official would give out a room to a foreign traveler, have breakfast with him/her and take him/her out to a nearby shopping complex and conduct a pooja before sleeping!
The foreign traveler is now, no more a mere room number in a plush 5-star hotel, instead he is a family member and someone who has earned a place in the Indian society.
So, I swing a question at you.. do you wish to be just a room number or a family member?