Benefits of hosting the Olympics
The Olympics is the biggest sport spectacle in the world and many countries have long waited to have their chance of hosting it. ‘Â Some countries bid for their chance to host this global sporting event for several times while others are content of having to visit different places around the world to be part of the world’s biggest sporting show. ‘Â Many countries vie for the hosting of the event because it gives out various benefits which may include the following:
1. Tourism boost
Hosting the Olympics will basically earn huge tourism points for the host country. ‘Â The official delegates of the Olympic Games already number the hundreds of thousands and add to this the millions of sporting fans around the world, hosting this sporting event will literally put the host nation into the tourism stratosphere. ‘Â The best thing about the tourism boost is that more people are still expected to visit the host nation even after the Games.
2. Infrastructure boost
Being hosts of the Olympic Games also means a boost to the building and development of sports venues, transportation, recreation, and hotel facilities. ‘Â All roads leading to sporting venues will be improved, huge arenas may be built and these could be used as convention or concert venues later.
3. Jobs boost
Hosting the Olympic Games requires years of preparation and in the time that the host nation is preparing for the Games, many people will be needed to fill different jobs that are needed along with it. ‘Â From preparation down to the Games proper and even after the events, jobs will be generated which benefit the host nation and its people.
Despite criticism on the huge spending involved when hosting the Olympic Games, many people still believe that overall hosting it will reap economic benefits for the hosts. ‘Â As experts would say, the key in successful hosting is to have comprehensive short and long-term plans in every step of the way.