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Many Happy Returns? The Pro-Bowl, Mega-events, and Tourism in Hawaii

Robert Baumann () and Victor Matheson ()

No 1501, Working Papers from International Association of Sports Economists, North American Association of Sports Economists

Abstract: We use daily airplane arrival data from 2004 to 2015 from Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to determine the net change in arrivals around a variety of sporting events. We find only one event generates a positive and significant net impact on arrivals: the Honolulu Marathon, which generates roughly 3,900 additional arrivals. No other sporting events result in a measurable increase in tourist arrivals including, notably, the NFL’s Pro Bowl, which receives a large subsidy from the state’s tourism authority.

Keywords: sports; stadiums; franchises; impact analysis; mega-event; tourism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O18 R53 Z28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2015-08
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