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CHAPTER 8 ATTRACTIONS, RECREATION, ENTERTAINMENT, AND OTHER LEARNING OBJECTIVES Examine the attractions sphere Look at the role of theme parks Understand the gaming industry Describe public and commercial recreation facilities Recognize shopping as a travel attraction CHAPTER OUTLINE Outline Summary Points of Emphasis 1. Introduction There are myriads of activity possibilities for travelers as shown in Figure 8.1. 2. Attractions Natural and developed attractions are the main-spring which drives most leisure travel – major motivations to see, enjoy, and experience such attractions. 3. The attractions industry Fixed-location amusement parks and other attractions in the U.S. and many other countries. Examples are water parks, golf courses, and over 10,000 other kinds of entertainment parks, amusement parks, animal parks, museums, scenic railways, historic villages, preserved mansions, scenic cruises, natural wonders, zoos, and many other types. 4. Theme parks Began on huge scale with Disneyland in 1955 in Anaheim, California, followed by Disney World in Florida – the world’s largest and most successful. Table 8.1 documents the top 10 U.S. theme parks and attendance in 2000. There are many more both in the U.S. and elsewhere. 5. International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions The trade association of this industry, its goals are to increase education of personnel, coordinating safety regulations and standards among various countries, conducting major trade shows, sponsor seminars, and raise standards of management and service in the industry. 6. Gaming Gambling has become a major force in tourism. Once confined to Nevada, gaming is now a growth industry in the U.S. It is a common tourist activity in many parts of the
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world as well as on cruise ships. In the U.S. the current expansion is in gaming resorts operated by Native Americans. It is often enjoyed along with night club shows and sports activities. 7. Recreation A huge industry. Nearly 50 percent of Americans describe themselves as “outdoor people.” Components include the RV and boat manufacturing and dealer-service industries, other recreation products, park concessions, campgrounds, snowmobile industry, winter sports equipment makers, bicycling interests, recreation publications and many others. 8. Parks Both private and publicly owned. National parks are world- wide and many world famous such as Yellowstone in the U.S. and Banff National Park in Canada. They are a very important part of a country’s tourism. Many states in the U.S. and provinces in Canada own and operate parks. In the U.S. there are over 384 parks in the National Park system. 9.
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2009 for the course HTM 2454 taught by Professor Bjmihalik during the Spring '06 term at Virginia Tech.

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