During the first weeks of my master in Leisure & Tourism Studies, a lecturer approached me asking if I would support her with the collection, analysis and reporting for the economic impact research for the Dutch Grand Prix. The first thing I said was: ‘but I really feel nothing for cars’. Fortunately, this was not a problem for her and after hesitating for a moment whether I would be able to do this, I decided to say yes.
Impact residents Zandvoort
The residents of Zandvoort were my cup of tea. With a data set of about 1,500 respondents out of a total of 17,000 residents in Zandvoort, it was bound to work out. In general, 95 percent of the residents were thrilled and enormously proud that the event took place in Zandvoort. On average, compared to visitors and entrepreneurs, residents gave the event the highest mark, 8.9. The results were therefore extremely positive. Only a small group was critical, in my opinion rightly so, for example about the impact the event has on the environment.
All in all, this was a hugely unique opportunity and I’m very happy that despite my disinterest in cars, I got and seized the opportunity. You still won’t see me on the circuit itself, but I get very happy when I read how much joy it brings to the people of Zandvoort.
In the news..
Zegers, K., Klijs, J., Vlems, F., van Dijk – Ratgers, L., & van de Graaf, J. (2022). Onderzoeksrapportage impact Dutch Grand Prix Zandvoort 2021 : Economische en sociale impact van de Dutch Grand Prix voor bezoekers, bewoners en bedrijven. Breda University of Applied Sciences.