Hi, need to submit a 2250 words paper on the topic Sport Tourism Operators: Addressing Issues Identified. In the case of special interest tourism, very often the special interest itself plays a major role in making the plan for travel as well as tourism development for a particular destination. Tourism by itself is a leisure product which people consume at the time of their leisure. Since in the case of special interest tourism, the act traveling is guided by the special interest only, special interest tourism is very often known to as serious leisure. (Hall and Weiler, 1992. Ritchie, 2004)
An interesting feature of special interest tourism like sports tourism is that in this case, tourists have a tendency to ask for several durable psychological benefits as well as long-lasting physical benefits. Special interest tourists very often seek several psychological benefits like “self-actualization, self-enrichment, recreation or renewal of self, self-expression, social interaction and sense of social belonging” (Ritchie et al, 2004: 28).
Tourism is a diverse sector and hence appropriate management is required to successfully coordinate all the components that constitute a particular tourism service. A tourism operator has to provide to its customer foods, drinks, proper accommodation, and leisure activities. All with all these, in case of special interest tourism, the providers have to additionally provide some long-lasting psychological and physical benefits as mentioned earlier. Hence, appropriate management of tourism is a very complicated issue. A travel organization requires developing some particular purpose, plans, and corresponding actions for fulfilling those plans for efficiently managing any kind of tourism. Managers of a travel organization need to develop various strategies for the implementation of those plans successfully. Every travel agency requires building management strategies in three key areas of management – internal resource gathering and allocation, controlling the external environment within which the travel agency has to operate, and creating the ability for adding value to its action.
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