عنوان مقاله [English]
The purpose of this study is to analyze the competitiveness of sports tourism in Golestan province compared to Gilan and Mazandaran provinces. The method of this research is descriptive survey. The target population of this study included professors in the field of sports and tourism management, officials and experts in the field of tourism and sports in Golestan province. The designed questionnaire, after confirming the reliability and validity, was distributed in person and in absentia among 200 experts in a targeted manner. Data analysis was performed by structural equation based on variance using Smart PLS software. The results showed that the variables of supporting factors and resources with a coefficient of determination of 0.546, resources and central attractions with a coefficient of determination of 0.511, tourism services with a coefficient of determination of 495, public infrastructure with a coefficient of determination of 4242 Policies with a coefficient of determination of 0.410 and management of tourism destinations with a coefficient of determination of 0.373, respectively, can have the greatest impact on gaining a competitive advantage in Golestan province for the development of sports tourism. Therefore, the development status and quality of sports tourism competitiveness indicators are not favorable due to the location of Golestan province in the north of the country and despite the capabilities and natural attractions of sports tourism. Lack of strategic and integrated plans, weak infrastructure, accommodation and hotels, advertising and marketing, have hindered the growth and prosperity of sports tourism in the region.