Author : Sacha Reid
School/Work Place : University of Western Sydney, Australia
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Year : 2004

Olympic Games epitomize the definition of a mega event, due to the size and scope that these events have in terms of participation, worldwide viewing and infrastructure development. However with the commercialization of these events over the last 10 years with funding, in terms of sponsorship and willingness of host communities and governmentas to build on the success of previous events, intense competition has also resulted. Therefore, each successive event has capitalized on the need to 'out do' previous events, sometimes at the peril of sustainability. This paper examines the sustainability of mega event infrastructure, with special focus on the Sydney Olympic Games. The definition of infrastructure adopted for this paper refers to the extrinsic, built infrastructure, as well as the intrinsic, human knowledge and information creation domains. While the Sydney Olympic Games created extrinsic or built infrastructure legacies for the community there are questions as to the sustainability of these venues. Additionally, there was a lack of intrinsic infrastructure development in the formation of knowledge and skill creation at a 'grass roots' level that resulted from the Games.

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No. Subject Viewssort Date
46 Think Tank XVIII SMTE’s use of SoMe and Sustainability file 286 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: SoMe, Small medium sized tourism enterprises (SMTE’s), Sustainability, Tourism.

Author: Ida Marie Visbech Andersen 

Year: 2018 

45 OPA award Can Direct Communication at the Point of Consumption R... file 308 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: food waste, food signage, sustainability, experiment

Author: Hannes Antonschmidt & Dagmar Lund-Durlacher 

Year: 2018 

44 Think Tank XVIII Communication of Sustainability Efforts in the Hospita... file 320 Jan 07, 2019

Keywords: green marketing, sustainability engagement, small / owner-managed hotels

Author: Sven-Olaf Gerdt, Elisa Wagner & Gerhard Schewe 

Year: 2018 

43 Think Tank XVIII The Munich Streetlife Festival: A case study on a gree... file 337 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: Green events, sustainability communication, theory of planned behaviour, transtheoretical model, structure equation model

Author: Elias Butzmann & Christina Tölkes 

Year: 2018 

42 Think Tank XVIII The role of research-based evidence in destination mar... file 461 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: marketing, research-based evidence, partnership, rural tourism, city tourism, sustainability

Author: Yukari Higuchi, Yasuhiro Yamanaka & Hiroaki Hoshi 

Year: 2018 

41 Think Tank XVIII Resilience thinking used as a sustainable tourism mark... file 564 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: protected areas, resilience thinking, sustainability, marketing, tool

Author: Claire Louisa Fordred & Kevin Mearns 

Year: 2018 

40 Think Tank XVIII Deconstructing mass tourism with “upscale, all-year-ro... file 568 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: local residents, seasonality, mass tourism, sustainability, tourism development

Author: Tina Šegota 

Year: 2018 

39 Think Tank XVIII What to communicate about sustainability actions of Fi... file 648 Jan 07, 2019

Key words: sustainability, responsibility, marketing, communication, Finland, villa holiday

Author: Katja Pasanen 

Year: 2018 

38 Think Tank XV Perceptions of local communities participation in rura... file 890 Jul 27, 2015

In order to maximize the benefits and minimize the costs, rural communities should be able to participate actively in all aspects of tourism, including planning and management. The main purpose of this study is to evaluate the local communit...

Author: Limpho Lekaota & Jarkko Saarined 

Year: 2015 

37 Think Tank X How Is Sustainability ‘Materialised’ in Tourism? Conte... file 1275 Oct 13, 2013

Meaning is one of the most elusive and ubiquitous properties of tourism spaces. This paper analyses the ambiguity of meaning in the materiality of tourism sustainability. Sustainable development and its three interrelated principles of holi...

Author: Neil M. Walsh 

Year: 2010 

36 Think Tank IV Evaluation of Tourism Events: A Critical Review with a... file 1429 Oct 13, 2013

This presentation will critically review the three main sources of error in tourism event evaluation, related to the limited temporal, geographic and economic scope of current event evaluation approaches. In doing so, it will draw the attent...

Author: Jack Carlsen 

Year: 2004 

35 Think Tank XV The role of souvenir vendors in the cultural sustainab... file 1442 Jul 27, 2015

The research investigated the role of souvenir vendors in sustaining the social-cultural authenticity of Chichen Itza’s host community, a Mexican UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS) (UNESCO, 2015a). The case study evaluated the Maya-descent ven...

Author: Ady Milman 

Year: 2015 

34 Think Tank VI Authenticity in Cultural Heritage Tourism as a means t... file 2186 Oct 13, 2013

This work aims through a clarification of philosophical assumptions to define authenticity in a dialogical perspective on the premise that there is a linkage between authenticity and sustainability. This paper will to discuss the development...

Author: Bente Bramming 

Year: 2006 

33 Think Tank VII A Community of Heroes file 2252 Oct 13, 2013

Sense of place is the human response to natural and built surroundings, geography, history and population. Over time, that response evolves into a shared consciousness, woven by memory, story and experience. Distinct from written history, th...

Author: Regina Binder 

Year: 2007 

32 Think Tank IX Achieving Sustainability in Business Events; Challengi... file 2318 Oct 13, 2013

Achieving sustainability is a challenge for all of society, but one that may prove especially problematic for the business events sector. Tourism in general and the business events industry in particular may be even more susceptible than oth...

Author: Judith Mair & Leo Jago 

Year: 2009 

31 Think Tank VIII Will the Advent of a More Responsible Type of Tourism ... file 2353 Oct 13, 2013

‘Responsible’ tourism is all the rage nowadays. Parallel to the offer commercialized by specialized tour operators on the sustainable niche, traditional tour-operators have also begun to claim the sustainability of their offer. One can henc...

Author: Maud Tixier 

Year: 2008 

30 Think Tank VIII A Tool for Improving the Sustainability of Tourism Ind... file 2414 Oct 13, 2013

The tourism industry’s interest in sustainable management has increased in exponential proportions over the past year. Substantial amounts of space in industry journals are devoted to issues such as sustainability, energy management, green b...

Author: Claudia Jurowski 

Year: 2008 

29 Think Tank V Managing of Public Risks in Tourism: Towards Sustainab... file 2450 Oct 13, 2013

How to manage risks that endanger development of tourism but that are caused by tourism itself? An industry-based model is presented as an analytic tool and adapted to the situation in tourism. It is argued that development of tourism lacks ...

Author: Yoram Krozer & Else Redzepovic 

Year: 2005 

28 Think Tank IV The Benefits of Visitor and Non-Visitor Research in th... file 2660 Oct 13, 2013

Our premise in this paper is that if sustainable tourism development and management is to meet the needs of both the present and the future then it is equally important to prioritise research on those who visit tourism destinations (and incl...

Author: Pat Sterry & Debra Leighton 

Year: 2004 

» Think Tank IV After the Sydney Olympic Games: Sustainable Infrastruc... file 2660 Oct 13, 2013

Olympic Games epitomize the definition of a mega event, due to the size and scope that these events have in terms of participation, worldwide viewing and infrastructure development. However with the commercialization of these events over the...

Author: Sacha Reid 

Year: 2004