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Year: 2019 | Month: February | Volume: 6 | Issue: 2 | Pages: 28-32

Sport Tourism Event and Cruises as Predictors of Employment Generation in Sport Sector of Southern Nigeria

Nwaogu F. C1, Adisa Olawumi2

1Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, Faculty of Education, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
2Department of Physical and Heath Education, Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun

Corresponding Author: Nwaogu F. C


The sport tourism in Nigeria has a great potential of generating employment. However, the sector has not been fully utilized because of non commitment of the stakeholders in the sport industry. Several studies on economics of sports done locally have neglected the aspect of sports tourism with specific emphasis on sports tourism events and cruises. Given the prevailing circumstances which make the need to generate employment imperative in Nigeria, this study therefore, investigated sport tourism event and cruises as predictors of employment generation in sport sector of Southern Nigeria. The study adopted survey research design of ex post facto type. Multistage sampling procedure was used to select 1,598 participants: 181 directors, 288 deputy directors, 319 managers, 346 assistant managers and 464 supervisors from selected federal and state ministries, commissions, corporations, travel agencies and tourism centres in 9 states; 3 states each from the three geo-political zones in Southern Nigeria. A self structure and developed questionnaire tagged “Sport tourism event and cruises as predictors of employment generation in sport sector” (STECPEGSS) with r=0.91 was used for data collection. Data was analysed using regression analysis and the result shows that sport tourism event and cruises contributed immensely to employment generation in the sport sector of southern Nigeria. Thus, the study recommends that sport tourism event and cruises should be explored to actualize employment generation in the sport sector.

Key words: Sport tourism, Cruises, Employment Generation, Southern Nigeria

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