Sports Tourism Market Size Worth $2958.65 Billion by 2033; Niche Sports Events, Emerging Markets & High Investments in Sports Infrastructure

The global sports tourism market is anticipated to grow from USD 587.81 billion to USD 2958.65 billion in 10 years. Increasing government spending on sports infrastructure across diverse nations is expected to strengthen market growth. Additionally, substantial advancements in advertising and offerings from sports tour companies are pivotal in augmenting tourism to specific regions or sporting events, further bolstering the industry growth throughout the forecast years.

Newark, May 21, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Brainy Insights estimates that the USD 587.81 billion in 2023 global sports tourism market will reach USD 2958.65 billion by 2033. The rise of augmented reality (AR) and VR technology presents opportunities for virtual sports tourism experiences. Fans can immerse themselves in virtual stadium tours, live VR broadcasts of sporting events, and interactive AR experiences that simulate the excitement of attending games in person. Furthermore, integrating sports tourism with health and wellness offerings presents opportunities for destinations to attract health-conscious travellers seeking active and rejuvenating experiences. Wellness retreats, fitness camps, and sports-focused spa packages cater to travellers looking to combine sports activities with relaxation and well-being.

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Scope of Global Sports Tourism Market

Report Coverage Details
CAGR         17.54% from 2024 to 2033
Market Size in 2023 USD 587.81 Billion
Market Size by 2033 USD 2958.65 Billion
Largest Market Europe 
Base Year 2023
Forecast Year 2024 to 2033
Historical Year 2020-2022
Segments Covered Sports Type, Tourism Type, Category
Regions Covered         North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa

Additionally, growing interest in adventure sports such as mountain biking, rock climbing, surfing, and skydiving presents opportunities for destinations to position themselves as adventure sports hubs. Adventure sports tourism appeals to adrenaline-seeking travellers seeking thrilling and unconventional experiences in natural environments. Besides, increasing emphasis on sustainability and responsible tourism practices presents opportunities for destinations to differentiate themselves in the sports tourism market. Implementing eco-friendly venue design, waste reduction initiatives, and carbon offset programs appeal to environmentally conscious travellers and demonstrate a commitment to sustainable tourism development.

Key Insight of the global Sports Tourism market

Asia Pacific is expected to witness the highest market growth over the forecast period.

The Asia Pacific region is experiencing rapid economic growth, resulting in an expanding middle-class population with increasing disposable personal income levels. As a result, more people have the financial means to travel for leisure, including sports tourism activities. In addition, there is a growing interest in sports across Asia Pacific, fueled by factors such as urbanization, globalization, and the influence of international sporting events. As the popularity of sports like football (soccer), cricket, basketball, and martial arts continues to rise, so does the demand for sports-related travel experiences. Moreover, several Asian Pacific countries are actively bidding for and hosting major sporting events, including the Olympic Games, Asian Games, FIFA World Cup, Cricket World Cup, and Formula 1 races. These events attract domestic and international spectators and stimulate infrastructure development and tourism investment.

In 2023, the soccer/football segment dominated the market with the largest share of 39.28% and revenue of 230.89 billion.

The sports type segment is divided into basketball, cricket, hockey, soccer/football, tennis and others. In 2023, soccer/football segment dominated the market with the largest share of 39.28% and revenue of 230.89 billion.

In 2023, the domestic segment dominated the market with the largest share of 57.29% and revenue of 336.76 billion.

The category segment is classified into domestic and international. In 2023, the domestic segment dominated the market with the largest share of 57.29% and revenue of 336.76 billion.

In 2023, the passive segment dominated the market with the largest share of 43.61% and revenue of 256.34 billion.

The tourism type segment includes active, nostalgia and passive. In 2023, the passive segment dominated the market with the largest share of 43.61% and revenue of 256.34 billion.

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Advancement in market

In June 2023: ITW UXP, a specialized division of ITW Consulting concentrating on sports travel and experiential adventures, reveals a collaboration with Club Vistara. This partnership aims to enhance accessibility to sporting events and experiences domestically and internationally.

Market Dynamics

Driver: Marketing and promotion.

Effective marketing and promotional approaches are essential for attracting sports tourists, as they play a pivotal role in showcasing the unique offerings and experiences available to sports enthusiasts. Various entities, including destination marketing organizations, sports federations, and event organizers, employ a range of channels to reach their target audience effectively. Social media platforms serve as powerful tools for engaging with sports tourists. Organizations can share captivating content through platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, such as highlights from past events, behind-the-scenes footage, and athlete interviews. These platforms also enable direct interaction with followers, allowing real-time updates, responding to inquiries, and fostering a sense of community among sports enthusiasts. Digital advertising is another key component of effective marketing strategies for sports tourism. Utilizing targeted ads across websites, search engines, and social media platforms allows organizations to reach potential visitors based on their interests, online behaviour and demographics. By strategically placing ads highlighting the destination’s sporting events, facilities, and attractions, marketers can capture the attention of individuals actively seeking sports-related travel experiences. Furthermore, partnerships with relevant stakeholders further enhance the promotional efforts of sports tourism. Collaborating with airlines, hotels, travel agencies, and local businesses can extend the reach of marketing campaigns and provide added value to tourists. For example, offering travel packages that include event tickets, accommodation, and exclusive experiences can attract visitors and encourage them to explore the destination’s sporting offerings. Additionally, leveraging influencers and brand ambassadors within the sports community can amplify marketing efforts and lend credibility to the destination. Partnering with athletes, coaches, and other influential figures allows organizations to tap into their existing fan base and benefit from their endorsement and advocacy.

Restraint: Geopolitical instability.

Political unrest can create instability within a region, making it unsafe for participants and spectators to attend sports events. Protests, civil unrest, and political conflicts can disrupt transportation, infrastructure, and public services, posing risks to the safety of visitors. Event organizers may need to reassess the event’s feasibility in such environments and consider alternative risk mitigation options. Terrorism represents another significant threat to sports events and tourism. Attacks targeting crowded venues or iconic landmarks can instil fear and uncertainty among potential visitors, leading to decreased attendance and participation. Heightened security measures may be necessary to mitigate risks, but these measures can also impact the overall experience for spectators and participants. Furthermore, natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires can wreak havoc on infrastructure and disrupt travel plans. Destinations affected by such disasters may struggle to recover in time for scheduled sports events, forcing organizers to reconsider their plans or cancel altogether. The aftermath of natural disasters can also deter tourists from visiting the affected areas due to safety concerns and limited access to amenities. Moreover, health crises, such as pandemics or outbreaks of contagious diseases, pose unique challenges to sports events and tourism. The spread of infectious diseases can prompt governments to implement travel restrictions, quarantine measures, and event cancellations to prevent further transmission. Concerns about health and safety can dissuade tourists from travelling to affected destinations, impacting the viability of sports events and related tourism activities.

Opportunity: Cultural exchange and immersion.

Cultural exchange thrives during sports events as athletes, spectators, and organizers converge in a shared space, bringing with them their unique & rich traditions, customs, and perspectives. Through interactions and engagement, participants can learn from one another, gaining insights into different cultures and fostering mutual respect and understanding. This exchange goes beyond the competition, creating lasting connections and friendships beyond the event. Destination marketing plays a crucial role in highlighting the cultural richness of the host location alongside the sporting activities. By showcasing the destination’s cultural heritage, traditions, and local cuisine, marketers can attract visitors interested in sports and eager to explore the region’s cultural aspects. Cultural tourism becomes an integral part of the visitor experience, offering opportunities for travellers to immerse themselves in the local customs, arts, and traditions. For example, promotional campaigns may feature cultural events, performances, and exhibitions alongside sports competitions, providing visitors with diverse activities. Additionally, partnerships with local cultural institutions, museums, and community organizations can further enhance the cultural offerings available to tourists, encouraging them to explore the destination beyond the confines of the sports venue. Organizers can create a more holistic and immersive experience for sports tourists by integrating cultural elements into destination marketing efforts. This approach enriches the visitor experience and promotes cross-cultural understanding and appreciation. Ultimately, sports events catalyze cultural exchange and dialogue, fostering connections and bridging divides between people from different backgrounds and nationalities.

Challenge: Accessibility and inclusivity.

Infrastructure and facilities play a vital role in determining the accessibility of sports tourism destinations. Many destinations still lack adequate accommodations for individuals with disabilities, such as wheelchair-accessible facilities, ramps, and elevators. Inaccessible transportation options compound the issue, making it difficult for people with mobility impairments to travel to and navigate sports venues and tourist attractions. Moreover, the availability of adaptive sports programs remains limited in many regions, posing a significant barrier to participation for individuals with disabilities. Without access to specialized equipment, training facilities, and qualified instructors, aspiring athletes with disabilities may struggle to pursue their sporting passions and fully engage in sports tourism activities. Addressing this gap requires investment in inclusive sports programs and initiatives that cater to diverse abilities and interests. Discrimination and social stigma also exclude certain groups from the sports tourism industry. Individuals facing discrimination based on factors such as race, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status may feel unwelcome or marginalized in sports-related spaces and events.

Some of the major players operating in the global Sports Tourism market are:

• ATPI Ltd.
• Australian Sports Tours
• Allsports Travel
• Adventure Travel Trade Association
• BAC Sports
• Booking Holdings Inc.
• Cox & Kings Ltd.
• Dream Team Sports Tour
• DTB Sports Management Ltd.
• Expedia Group
• Fanatic Sports Pvt. Ltd.
• Grand Slam Tennis Tours
• Gullivers Sports Travel Ltd.
• Global Sports Travel and Tours Pty Ltd.
• ITC Travel Group
• Inspiresport
• ITW UXP
• KNT CT Holdings
• La Vacanza Travel
• Match Hospitality AG
• Marathon Tours & Travel
• Navigo Sports Tour, LLC
• Premium Sport Tours
• Saddle Skedaddle
• Thomas Cook Group
• TUI Group
• XL Sports Tours
• Xtreme Gap Year

Key Segments cover in the market:

By Sports Type

• Basketball
• Cricket
• Hockey
• Soccer/Football
• Tennis
• Others

By Category

• Domestic
• International

By Tourism Type

• Active
• Nostalgia
• Passive

By Region

• North America (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
• Europe (Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, Rest of Europe)
• Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, Rest of APAC)
• South America (Brazil and the Rest of South America)
• The Middle East and Africa (UAE, South Africa, Rest of MEA)

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