Sport tourism destinations: the active sport tourist perspective
The exact revenue generated by the sport tourism industry is unknown because of the difficulty of separating it from the generic tourism industry and the sport industry. However, both of these are large markets. Shanks (2002) estimates the global sports industry to currently be worth $US 213-350 billion annually. The World Travel and Tourism Council (2002, 2003) indicates the tourism industry to be worth $US 3.4 trillion worldwide, and to be responsible for 200 million jobs and over 10 per cent of global GDP.