chapter  3
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Sport tourism destination resource analysis

WithChris Bull

Various attempts have been made to classify physical resources associated with recreation, leisure and tourism (Clawson et al., 1960; ORRRC, 1962; DREE, 1972; Coppock and Duffield, 1975; Chubb and Chubb, 1981; Smith, 1983), and summaries of such classifications, as well as others, can be found in a variety of recent tourism geographies (e.g. Pearce, 1995;Williams, 1998; Hall and Page, 2002; Shaw and Williams, 2002). While there have been few attempts at classifying sports resources per se – the work of Bale (e.g. 1994 and 2003) in relation to sports spaces and landscapes being an important exception – much of the general literature relating to recreation is also relevant to sport. Implicit in much of the discussion underpinning such classifications is the idea of some form of ‘continuum ranging from biophysical resources to man-made facilities’ (Kreutzwiser, 1989: 22), a concept with considerable relevance for sports resources as it accommodates outdoor pursuits at one end of the spectrum, with those facilities, often urban-based, that have been specifically designed for sport at the other.