Communities of sports practitioners, sociocultural impacts of tourism and the complex sports insertion in tourist contexts

  • Víctor L. Alonso Delgado Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • F. Xavier Medina Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
  • Ma del Pilar Leal Londoño CETT- Barcelona School of Tourism, Hospitality and Gastronomy (Universidad de Barcelona)
Keywords: tourism, sociocultural impacts, sports, communities of practictioners


The aim of this article is to reflext on the binomial “tourism-sport”. This relationship transcends the offer of sports tourism itself, and shapes a sports system full of nuances and particularities. The sports system welcomes different communities of practitioners with particular relationships between them and with the tourist context, putting into play different ways of dealing with the sociocultural impact derived from tourism. In this regard, the sports tourist, beyond individual considerations, will respond to the cultural meanings, as will happen with local athletes or residents in tourist areas. In the case of an ongoing investigation like this, we will refer to the methodology used, both in the research and in the consultation of primary and secondary sources and data, as well as the consideration of multiple triangulation strategies that include the subsequent performance of ethnographic interviews and participant observation techniques.


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Alonso Delgado, V. L., Medina, F. X., & Leal Londoño, M. del P. (2021, April 1). Communities of sports practitioners, sociocultural impacts of tourism and the complex sports insertion in tourist contexts. Journal of Tourism and Heritage Research, 4(2), 103-112. Retrieved from