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TOUR216 Sport Tourism

An application of tourism development concepts and themes to the subject of sport tourism. Critical consideration of theoretical and applied aspects of sport tourism in the context of their manifestations in space and time. Management implications and strategies relevant to the sustainable development of sport tourism businesses and destinations.

TOUR 216 explores the considerable and growing intersection between sport and tourism. These are two significant global industries, and the common interests between them continue to develope and grow. Common interests in sport and tourism extend to elite sports competitions, sports mega-events, recreational and participation sports, adventure activities, subcultural sports and the diverse manifestations of sports business.

Paper title Sport Tourism
Paper code TOUR216
Subject Tourism
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $912.00
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108 points
Schedule C
Teaching staff

Professor James Higham

Paper Structure

The paper explores key concepts and theories that inform sport and tourism development. Key concepts are applied to sport-related tourism, in order to offer critical insights into aspects of sport business and tourism destination management.

Teaching Arrangements
Two 1-hour lectures and one fortnightly tutorial.

The following texts are recommended as they reflect the organisation of TOUR 216:

  • Higham, J.E.S. & Hinch, T.D. (2018). Sport Tourism Development (Edition 3). Bristol: Channel View Publications
  • Higham, J.E.S. & Hinch, T.D. (2009). Sport and tourism: Globalization, mobility and identity. Oxford: Elsevier
  • Higham, J.E.S. (Ed) 2004. Sport Tourism Destinations: Issues, opportunities and analysis. Oxford: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann
Course outline

The course outline will be available on Blackboard at the start of the paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes
Objectives specific to this paper are to enable students to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills
  • To clearly articulate the links between sport and tourism (including sports events, travel to participate in or watch sports, tourism to venerate sports people and/or venues, sports as a secondary travel motivation, sports and tourism destination image/marketing)
  • To provide an overview of tourism development issues that will be used to inform the discussion of themes in sport tourism development
  • To identify the business and management implications of selected development concepts and theories associated with the manifestations of sport tourism in space and time

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 10, 12, 16, 18-19, 21
A2 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 10, 12, 16, 18-19, 21
A3 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 10, 12, 16, 18-19, 21