Section 1 The Leisure Industry
What is Leisure?
Leisure time is that time when you can choose to do what you want to do.Leisure activities are the range of activities that individuals do in theirfree time.
The leisure industry provides:Facilities
– places where people carry out leisure activities
e.g. theme park, swimming pool
what you can buy at facilities
e.g. food and drink, souvenirs
–provided by the facility
e.g. information given by a receptionist, coaching, supervision, bars.
The leisure industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the UKand people are always looking for new ways to spend their leisure time.
There are a number of reasons for the growth of the leisure industry.These are largely connected with the larger amount of leisure time that people have and improvements in technology.
Why do people spend more time in leisure activities?
Early retirement and increased life expectancy
The average person works only 37 hours per week, compared to 45hours per week in the past.
People get more paid holidays (28 days compared to only 14 days in1938)
New technology (e.g dishwashers and microwaves) means peoplespend less time on housework.
An increase in the amount of money people have got to spend(disposable income)
by M Poulsum, Tendring Technology College