Sport Tourism in Cyprus: A study of International Visitors

Nicos Kartakoullis, Stavros Pouloukas, Christina Loizou, George Karlis, Thanos Kriemadis

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A decline in the number of tourists visiting Cyprus from 2000 to 2007 prompted the Cyprus Tourism Organization to examine sports tourism as a means of appealing to international visitors. Face-to-face interviews were conducted at airports in the cities of Larnaca and Pafos with 802 international tourists departing Cyprus. The respondents were surveyed about their experiences with three types of sports tourism in Cyprus: competitive (elite- and amateur-level athletic training or other preparation as well as competition), recreation (competition without trophy rewards), and leisure (sports-related play or pastimes). Statistical analysis showed most respondents had engaged in swimming, water sports, or other leisure-type sports tourism, with minimal numbers participating in the other two types.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-38
JournalThe sport Journal
Volume12 (1)
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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