The Impact of Sporting Events on the Development of Tourism and the City’s Image – the Case of an International Horse-riding Competition Cavaliada in Poznań Based on a Survey of Spectators
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The aim of the study was to determine whether Cavaliada attracts visitors who undertake tourist activities in the city and whether and how this event affects the image of the capital of Wielkopolska. The study is based on results of a survey in which spectators attending the international equestrian competition were interviewed using a standardized questionnaire. A total of 510 spectators, who were not residents of Poznań (sports tourists) took part in the survey. Unfortunately, it was not possible conduct the survey among the group of riders. Given the high profile of this event, the competitors could not be approached for an interview and questioned about their tourist behavior in the city. The most important finding is the fact that more than 60% of the respondents attending Cavalliada undertake an additional tourist activity in the city, and the majority (94.7%) believe that the organization of the event has a positive impact on the image of Poznan.
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