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Abstract This paper is a literature review of studies that were based on the impacts of mega events and world fairs The major focus was placed on sporting events such as the Olympics Several of the significant impacts that were analyzed in this report included social impact legacies urban regeneration tourism and socio-economic factors The current paper will attempt to explain the guidelines and procedural process that a city that is in contention to host the Olympics must go through in order to even be considered as a possible candidate Furthermore this paper includes a case study which attempts to outline and highlight important aspects of the upcoming 2010 Olympics which are to be held in Vancouver British Columbia Introduction The Olympic Games as we know it began in 1896 Since its conception it has survived a few harsh obstacles including wars and boycotts In the beginning up until 1990 both the summer and winter games were held in the same year However after 1990 it was decided that it was in the best interest of both events that they be held on separate years The Olympics whether it be the winter or summer games are held every four years respectively The two games occur two seasonal games take place two years apart from each other providing entertainment for the public on a more consistent basis For example in 1992 the Summer Games were held in Barcelona it was not until 1994 that the winter games were held in Lillehammer Moreover in 1996 the Summer games were held in Atlanta The Olympic committee was not the first to utilize this type time of separation in between sporting events In fact the World Cup of soccer and the European Championship developed this strategy in order to allow soccer fans to enjoy a higher brand of football on a more consistent basis According to the author Harry H Miller of Mega-events Urban Boosterism and
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