The olympic games and the development of tourism in cities

Por: Dongxiao Liu e Shibin Li.

Athens 2004: Pre-olympic Congress

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The paper studied the relationship between the Olympic games and the Tourism with document reference. The Olympic Games are now the greatest sport events in the world. The ancient Olympic Games, the predecessor of modern ones, were held in the city at that time. It depends on the essential foundations such as sport facilities, a certain number of spectators and accepted rules of games to hold an Olympic Game. These requirements couldn’t be met until after the appearance of cities.
It is the same case in China. Cuju-the modern football’s ancestor in ancient China-appeared and developed in the palace, the heart of the city. And Wushu, the quintessence of China, couldn’t have been expanded without cities. The development of basketball, volleyball, tennis, table tennis, baseball, gymnastics, track and field, of which some were brought into China from the West, also depend on cities’ development. Hence the saying that "no cities, no today’s sports."
Fostered in cities, sports bring a lot of returns to cities. They can not only promote the process of urbanization-almost all the host cities of Olympic Games have experienced a fast development-but also make the host cities popular places for tourists. For example, Canada’s Montreal, Korea’s Seoul and Russia’s Moscow all have become favorite tourist attractions because of the magnificent Olympic buildings and the very exciting games took place there. So it is undoubted that the Olympic Games are becoming important new kind of tourism resources to the host cities. So when the host country is preparing for the Olympic games, it will have to consider carefully the question of how they can make a successful program for the sustainable growth of the host city’s tourism.






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