Residents' perceptions of convention centers: A distance decay analysis

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Authors: Li, S., Cang, S., Thomas, R. and Hyun, S.D.

Journal: Event Management

Volume: 21

Issue: 6

Pages: 729-746

ISSN: 1525-9951

DOI: 10.3727/152599517X15073047237241

© 2017 Cognizant, LLC. Public investment in convention centers represents a relatively common approach to stimulating economic development in many large cities throughout the world. The rationale is that metropolitan authorities can thereby attract business tourists and promote positive (business friendly) images of their locality. Although the economic dimension of such spending has received some attention, especially by consultants, there has been l ittle theorizing or empirical research that has examined residents' perceptions of such development. This is in sharp contrast to examinations of resident perceptions of leisure tourism, which has witnessed extensive academic interest. This article analyzes residents' perceptions of the Busan Exhibition and Convention Centre in South Korea. Distance decay theories, geographic decay, and cognitive decay are used to inform the analysis. The findings indicate that increasing residents' engagement with, and knowledge of, convention centers is likely to engender positive perceptions of their impacts. It is suggested that urban policymakers in many parts of the world could learn from this study and should take residents' perceptions into account when financing and managing convention centers.

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