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Hosting the Olympic Games has also been something that many countries want to be associated with especially when it comes to hosting (Tcha 2004, p. 312). The history of the Olympics back to Athenian period, where they are thought to have originated from (Veraros, Kasimati & Dawson 2004, p. 749-50). Since then, the competitions have developed and increased in the number of sporting events and the manner in which the competitions are organized.
The Olympic Games are usually held after every four years, compared to other sporting events that in most cases take place on a biennial basis. Organization of the Olympic Games is a mandate of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), a body that was initiated in 1894 with current headquarters in Britain. Currently, many countries across the world dream of hosting the Olympic games after the time required, there is always a lot of bidding for hosting rights of the sporting event.
The motivation to host these events is usually preceded by the thought of perceived benefits that the events pose to the state (Caporale, Economou & Philippas, 2008, p. 10; Berman, Brooks & Davidson 2000, p. 785). Previously, statistics and records compiled at the end of the Olympic Games show that in spite of the huge costs incurred in preparations for hosting of the events, there are huge benefits derived from successful Olympic Games.
The 2012 Summer Olympics were also commonly referred to as the 2012, and were a major international multi-sport event that were held and celebrated in the tradition of the Olympic games. These events took place in the London capital in the United Kingdom in the 2012 and attracted more than 200 nations with over 10, 000 athletes taking part in the different athletics categories. Following a successful bid, London was able to outwit other fierce rivals in the hosting process that included Russia’s Moscow, the New York City of United
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A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF OLYMPIC LEGACIES: PAST OLYMPIC GAMES AND LONDON 2012INTRODUCTION
Olympic Games have outreached the number of spectators who have become addicted to the particular event and look forward to it with all gusto. This over enthusiasm for the mega event has greatly influenced the host cities in the past and would also have a similar and far fervor impact in future as well because now interested cities and countries as host emphasize more on the legacies that such event could have on their citizens and urban regeneration as well.
One way to achieve this is to ensure the optimal utilization of current resources while putting up structures that will outlive the current generation. This conservation frenzy has been a prime concern for all disciplines, whether in the arts, sciences or construction.
People from the warm desert climates may seek out snowy, cool mountains to enjoy their recreation time. Tourism is a major industry that brings a lot of needed income into a lot of tourist destinations, to the point where some countries are heavily dependent on the income the tourism brings in.
A very interesting facet of tourism is the socio-cultural impacts. The socio-cultural impacts of tourism cover the corresponding effects on host communities of direct and indirect relations with tourists, and of interaction with the tourism industry. Host communities are the weaker party in interactions with their guests and service providers.
This paper shall critically analyse the impacts that mega events have on tourist destinations. More specifically, it shall discuss the 2008 Beijing Olympics based on economic, social, cultural, and environmental impacts as far as China, Beijing, and the