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Author : Sacha Reid
School/Work Place : University of Western Sydney, Australia
Contact : s.reid@uws.edu.au
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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6 Think Tank IV Cultural Tourism as a Means for Sustainability in a Ma... file 2957 Oct 13, 2013

Tourism has become for many islands a means of social, economic and cultural development through the creation of jobs, raising standards of living and through the development of local resources for culture and heritage. Thus, many of these d...

Author: Chryso Panayidou 

Year: 2004 

5 Think Tank IV Impediments to Sustainable Service Quality in Luxury H... file 15151 Oct 13, 2013

In order for tourism to be sustainable in the long term, there must be continued viability of tourism related entities (Tesone 2004), that is business operations must be sustainable. Hotels are major tourism entities and play an important ro...

Author: Rayka Presbury 

Year: 2004 

» Think Tank IV After the Sydney Olympic Games: Sustainable Infrastruc... file 2633 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 

3 Think Tank IV Sustainability and Mass Destinations: Challenges and P... file 3678 Oct 13, 2013

In year 2001, the Government of the Balearic Islands decided to establish a tourism tax, named "ecotax", as an important measure to achieve a more sustainable tourism model for the islands. This paper analyses the background of the ecotax, t...

Author: Antoni Serra Cantallops 

Year: 2004 

2 Think Tank IV Sustainability in a Mature Mass-Tourism Destination: T... file 3339 Oct 13, 2013

Most destinations are struggling to achieve sustainability for their economies, their environments, their cultures and their tourism industries. This laudatory, idealistic and complex process involves many sectors of the industry, the commun...

Author: Pauline Sheldon, John Knox & Kem Lowry 

Year: 2004 

1 Think Tank IV The Benefits of Visitor and Non-Visitor Research in th... file 2597 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 

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