Turizam Volume 19, Issue 2-3
ASSESSMENT OF SUSTAINABILITY OF SPORTS EVENTS (SLOVENIA)
Authors: Aleksandra Golob, Miha Lesjak, Daša Fabjan, Tadeja Jere Jakulin, Igor Stamenković
Abstract: Events industry plays an important role in nowadays economy and can have a substantial impact for a successful business; in addition, sustainability-oriented tourism is becoming an important component of development and planning of a tourist destination. Thus, organizing sustainability-oriented events is crucial and should focus on the zero waste event management and consider as many elements of sustainable development as possible. The same stands for organizing sports events. The aim of this paper was to find out to which level the organizers of existing sports events in Slovenia are taking into account different domains of sustainable development. Answering to a common questionnaire the organizers gave us a feedback considering four main areas: environmental, social, cultural, and economic criteria. The plan was to determine the level of sustainability of three sports events and compare them to each other according to the outstanding areas as well as to draw the attention to the importance of organizing sustainability-oriented sports
events and minimizing negative effects of those. Since the field of research is complex, dynamic, and has an interdisciplinary character the results were attained using the DEX software which supports a qualitative approach and allows the modelling of complex decision-making processes with a large number of parameters and alternatives. Such methodology enables the input of a preliminary set of sustainability criteria and can be used as a support when deciding on the evaluation of sustainability of events in general.
Keywords: sustainable tourism, sustainable events, sports events, DEXi program, Triple Bottom Line method
Article info: 71-83
Received: February 2015 | Accepted: May 2015