Russia won the bidding to host the FIFA World Cup 2018 along with the tourism sector at United Kingdom has voiced disappointment since it had anticipated to exploit its potential as a tourist destination needed it won the bidding to host the global tournament.
Taking advantage of the honour, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has ensured FIFA that visa standards are waived for all overseas tourists with match tickets throughout the 2018 tournament.
The overall perception in UK, that was among the strongest contenders at the bidding, is the nation dispelled the chance to sponsor 2018 FIFA World Cup after a recent revelation from the British media (BBC and London Times) about cash-for vote scandal as a consequence of both FIFA executive members had been fined and suspended.
Amid all uproars, UK’s collapse has been viewed as a setback to tourism. “Tourists could have come to England before the championship to see possible game venues and host towns. These people will soon be travelling everywhere, may be far away to Russia,” Arunava Chaudhuri, a sports journalist, blogger and soccer advisor in Remscheid, Germany informed IBTimes.
As stated by World Sport Destination Expo, which showcases game tourism related services and products, game tourism is the fastest growing industry in travel industry globally and it’s forecast to grow exponentially within the next ten years.
The expo held in July this year in Johannesburg, South Africa reveled that game tourism is very likely to scale tourist arrivals worldwide by 14 percent at the end of 2010, although nation-wise data revealed striking variations.
In accordance with Indian tourism ministry, Commonwealth Games that reasoned in India brought the nation just a 9 percent growth in international tourist arrivals, which is a lot lower than it anticipated.
To the contrary, South African Tourism, the national tourism agency, listed a whopping growth of 17.4 % in international tourist arrivals from the first eight weeks of this calendar year, after the FIFA World Cup 2010 held earlier this season in South Africa.
The disparities in the tourism of those 2 countries that hosted global sport events of equivalent fanfare could indicate that staging a World Cup at transtv is only one element in forcing tourist attraction of a country. Many travel specialists assert that tourism advantages of hosting a game event are overrated.
“We’re clearly frustrated that England was ineffective in its bid to host the 2018 World Cup.
“World Cup has been the opportunity to profile a nation, such as London is performing the 2012 Olympics,” Chaudhuri added.