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Russian Artistic Gymnastics as a Sports Tourism Product: Some Observations and a Research Agenda

Russian Artistic Gymnastics as a Sports Tourism Product: Some Observations and a Research Agenda

Booth, Elizabeth, Kokkranikal, Jithendran and Burukhina, Olga (2015) Russian Artistic Gymnastics as a Sports Tourism Product: Some Observations and a Research Agenda. In: Cultural Tourism in the Digital Era: First International Conference IACuDiT, Athens, 2014. Springer International Publishing, pp. 81-96. ISBN 978-3-319-15858-7 ISSN 2198-7246 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-15859-4_7)

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Abstract

Tourism and its importance to the Russian Federation are very much in the headlines at present. Considering the huge investment made in facilities for the Winter Olympics, the building of new sports facilities for such mega events as the Football World Cup, and the status of St Petersburg as a candidate city for the 2028 Olympics, it is clear that Russia has long term plans to attract visitors to their sporting events. The purpose of this paper is to develop a research agenda to explore the potential of artistic gymnastics, a sport in which the Russian Federation has excelled for many years, as an agent of tourism development.

The paper will take a case study approach, considering the nature of fandom and identifying features of artistic gymnastics as cultural heritage and sports tourism product. The national and international environment within which it is set are examined, prior to the development of a research agenda. A detailed review of literature on the historic, current and emerging trends in Russian artistic gymnastics; the place of artistic gymnastics in tourism development and sports tourism in Russia will be carried out.

The paper’s findings will include considerations of:
• The nature of gymnastics fandom, both in Russia and internationally
• The nature of sports tourism development in the Russian Federation
• The nature of gymnastics as a sport and its competition cycle
• Artistic gymnastics as cultural heritage, and its potential as an autonomous means of promoting Russian national identity
• The relationship between Russia’s sometimes fading gymnastics competition results, and its potential to leverage the sport for tourism interest
• The potential for tourism product development linked to artistic gymnastics in the Russian Federation.
The paper contributes to the literature on the nature of sports tourism as it relates to artistic gymnastics in the Russian Federation in particular.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Cultural Tourism in the Digital Era: First International Conference IACuDiT, Athens, 2014
Additional Information: 1st International Conference IACuDiT, May 30th - June 1st 2014, Athens, Greece. The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15859-4_7
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sports tourism, artistic gymnastics, Russian Federation, Sport as a cultural form
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Business > Centre for Communication and Consumption Research
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2017 11:50
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13391

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