The Economic and Social Research Council (ERSC) funded STORMING Initiative will deliver a series of international sport tourism networking events across four continents.
The first ESRC networking event will take place in Australia in February 2010. This event will have two elements. Firstly, it will be aligned with the annual CAUTHE (Council for Australian Universities Tourism and Hospitality Educators) Conference in Hobart, Tasmania. Bursary recipients will be expected to submit a working paper for the Hobart Conference. Secondly, the CAUTHE event will be preceded by a one day ‘sport tourism and sporting events’ workshop, hosted by a prominent Australian University, which Bournemouth are currently working closely with on various sport, tourism and events projects.
The second ESRC networking event will take place at the annual NASSM (North American Society for Sport Management) Conference in May 2010, hosted by the University of Tampa, Florida, USA. For the NASSM Conference, bursary recipients will be expected to submit an extended abstract or working paper, and to present their research at a specially arranged ‘sport tourism’ symposium in Florida.
The third networking event, to take a similar format to both the Australian and North American events, will be held at the 11th World Leisure Congress and World Games in ChunCheng, Korea in August 2010. This event will have a strong focus on ‘Sport Tourism and Identity’, in line with the underlying theme of the Congress.
In addition, a one-day concluding UK networking event will take place in November 2010 at Bournemouth University. This event will bring together all fifteen ESRC bursary recipients, a selection of their supporting academic ‘mentors’, additional researchers in sport tourism, and a selection of industry practitioners.
STORMING stands for Sport Tourism Opportunities for Research, Mobility and International Networking Group