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6 Jun 2018 Tourism

Sports Tourism witness 10-12% growth in India

Sports Tourism is experiencing immense growth of 10 -12% in India. Sports enthusiastic are traveling places just to watch their favorite team playing. Cricket is the beloved sport for an Indian. After launching of Indian Premier League, a spike in travel is observed. Not just cricket, people are now turning towards sports like football, tennis and also Grand Prix Formula One race. People also travel to watch Olympics, especially the opening ceremony. 

Head of Cox and Kings, Karan Anand told to PTI, “Globally sports tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry. According to estimates, global sports tourism was worth USD 7 billion in 2017. While it is a mature industry overseas, in India it is in infancy (stage).” Men usually love watching sports and are always willing to travel to various countries to watch their favorite team or player playing. Love for football is emerging in Indians nowadays. As the FIFA is nearing, people will definitely travel to watch this exciting game. He said, "There has also been a shift in the interest for other sporting events like the Soccer World Cup or the Olympics. We see 10-12 percent growth in arrivals to these destinations when a major sporting event takes place." 

KAYAK Director, India and the Middle East, Abhijit Mishra said, “Many people use these trips as an excuse for a longer holiday, combining their sporting passions with a general love for travel. On the other side, many in the tourism industry have also begun to realize the value of wooing these tourists - many of them fall into the high-spending category, stay longer than other tourist categories, are high-caliber and often stimulate other tourism.” When a person travels to watch an interesting game, he/she usually tend to explore the area. They extend their stay by at least 2-3 days to enjoy their trip.

Source: moneycontrol

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14 May 2018 Tourism

Sports Tourism Witness 10-12 Percent Growth

As Indians are big fan of sports and travel, sports tourism industry in India sees 10-12 per cent growth says experts.

"Globally sports tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry. According to estimates, global sports tourism was worth USD 7 billion in 2017. While it is a mature industry overseas, in India it is in infancy (stage)," Cox and Kings Head, relationships, Karan Anand told here.

The first love for Indians is cricket and they travel to watch the game, whether in India or overseas, he added.  Sport events like the Soccer World Cup or the Olympics. We see large number of people travelling to the destination where the sport is going to be played. Over the last 10 years its reported that the interest to watch the olympics, the Soccer World Cup and Grand Prix Formula One motor events apart from cricket.

India Marketing Head, Brand, Manmeet Ahluwalia said India saw a change in travel patterns and rise in incidence of travelling for sports events ever since the launch of Indian Premier League in 2008.

“Indians always loved to adored the two games and travel, so occasions around donning occasions are the ideal mix to fulfill two desires immediately, he added.
Many people travel for watching these sports and hence these trips boost sport tourism and many tourism industry have began to realise the value of wooing these tourist -  many of them fall into the high-spending category, stay longer than other tourist categories, are high-calibre and often stimulate other tourism," he added.

Source: Economic Times.

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