ATTRACTIONS, RECREATION, ENTERTAINMENT, AND OTHER
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
Points of Emphasis
There are myriads of activity possibilities for travelers as
shown in Figure 8.1.
Natural and developed attractions are the main-spring
which drives most leisure travel – major motivations to see,
enjoy, and experience such attractions.
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.
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
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.
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