Competing priorities as constraints in event travel careers

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Lamont, M, Kennelly, M & Wilson, E 2012, 'Competing priorities as constraints in event travel careers', Tourism Management, vol. 33, no. 5, pp. 1068-1079.

The publisher's version of this article is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2011.12.005

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An event travel career is a potentially lifelong pattern of travel to events linked with an individual’s preferred leisure activity. This paper applies the concept of an event travel career to non-elite triathletes. For these active sport tourists, ongoing pursuit of an event travel career is arguably constrained by competing priorities that intervene between everyday life and their pursuit of an event travel career. Indepth interviews were conducted with 21 triathletes identified as pursuing an event travel career. Interpretive analysis revealed seven domains of competing priorities that could work to constrain their event travel career aspirations. These domains included familial relationships, domestic responsibilities, sociability, finances, leisure, wellbeing, and work/education. The seven competing priority domains were interrelated, and cyclical in their constraining effects. Data assisted in clarifying some defining characteristics of the event travel career concept, and challenged notions of leisure participation as entirely positive and fulfilling.

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