The purpose of this paper is to explore the images of the Olympic Games and their host countries, as a country and as a tourism destination, before and after the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (BOG) and 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games (VOG). The attitude changes towards the three image objects and relationships among them are examined in a combined ‘country − destination − mega-event’ model. The paper reports on a questionnaire-based study completed by 1,292 American respondents who were approached two months before and two months after both the 2008 and 2010 Games. Results indicate a significant decrease in the attitudes towards the OG in the case of the 2008 BOG and some improvement in the case of the 2010 VOG. This contrast between the OG hosted in a developed country and one held in a developing country is an important contribution to the sport events literature. Further, regression analysis shows that evaluations of the OG as a destination are influenced (mediated) mainly by the evaluations of the host country as a destination.

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Keywords Country image, Destination image, Mega-event, Olympic Games
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Journal International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing
Armenakyan, A. (Anahit), Heslop, L.A, Nadeau, J. (John), Lu, I, & O'Reilly, N. (Norm). (2013). "Tell me who's your host and I'll tell you who you are": Olympic Games image before and after the 2008 and 2010 Olympic Games. International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, 14(1-4), 71–95. doi:10.1504/IJSMM.2013.060640