While the Olympics Games are inarguably an international draw, it does not outweigh the concerns this type of tourism brings. Often, these tourists are uninterested in the local culture. For instance, during the 2012 London Games, attendance at the city’s famous theaters sharply declined and for the 2008 games in Beijing, hotel bookings overall declined.
It is not enough to consider tourism at large; the type of tourist is also important. Sports fanatics are far less preferable to respectful, culturally sensitive visitors.