Culture and the 2012 games: creating a tourism legacy?

Stevenson, N. 2012. Culture and the 2012 games: creating a tourism legacy? Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change. 10 (2), pp. 137-149.

TitleCulture and the 2012 games: creating a tourism legacy?
AuthorsStevenson, N.
Abstract

The role of tourism in delivering wider economic legacies is strongly stated in recent national tourism policy documents. The Olympic Games are envisaged to have the legacy impact of ‘4 million extra visitors’ and ‘50,000 extra jobs’ over 4 years (DCMS (2011). Government Tourism Policy, p. 15). This paper considers the nature of Olympic tourism and the possible contribution of the Cultural Olympiad to developing a cultural tourism legacy. It does this by investigating local perceptions of culture and local cultural enactments in the London Borough of Hackney, one of the five boroughs surrounding the Olympic Park. This research shows that local cultural enactments and programming connected to the Olympics are largely motivated by a wider social agenda. They are funded by a wide variety of arts, social and youth programmes and largely reflect initiatives and projects that were already in place in the Borough. While there is an acceptance that cultural events might stimulate the visitor economy, specific discourses around ‘tourism’ and ‘tourists’ are not expressed by the people engaged in the local process.

JournalJournal of Tourism and Cultural Change
Journal citation10 (2), pp. 137-149
ISSN1476-6825
Year2012
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/14766825.2012.682478
Publication dates
Published2012

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