IntroductionCommercial leisure is a booming industry, the market value of which continues to skyrocket year after year. Traditional leisure practices, most often constructed by participants themselves and seeded in a clan or community environment, are increasingly being supplanted by pre-packaged, commercial options. Indeed, while it is estimated that over 75% of the world's economy revolves around service industries, this figure in the leisure sector is held to be even greater still, with suggestions of 90% or more not uncommon. Regardless of the exact figures, the proliferation of commercial leisure is utterly astounding. With very few exceptions, most notably the information technology sector, it is difficult to find any area of industry that can compare to astronomical growth of commercial leisure in recent decades.The increasing numbers of leisure consumers has also made the sector an attractive and highly competitive marketplace for providers of leisure, resulting in the … [Read more...] about Leisure: Universal Themes in Consumer Perceptions of Quality and Satisfaction
So you bought yourself a radio Controlled Hovercraft, but wonder why your pet hamster should have all the fun. Well now, adrenalin junkies can now purchase their own marine leisure hovercraft, and learn to levitate a little.As an alternative to Jet Skis, RIBs, Quad Bikes etc, leisure hovercraft are certainly more fun to drive. In the first place, they are truly all-terrain - you can drive them straight out of the sea and up the beach, or use them on grass, explore tidal estuaries, stop to collect a few shell fish perhaps, or have a picnic on the sands, with room enough for three adults. Guaranteed to raise a smile.Start the engine, and your skirt will fill with air, lifting you 8 inches clear of the ground, so you are up and away. Open the throttle, and the craft will pick up speed, up to 50 mph depending on the size of your engine. No need to find a slipway, any beach or riverbank should do. No need to check tide data, you'll rise above sand and mud, and while strong currents are a … [Read more...] about Extreme Marine Leisure – Toys for the Boys
In the modern world, it often seems as though we have no time to ourselves. Some leisure time at a spa is a great way to carve out a little escape from the demands of daily life.A spa vacation has many different elements to draw you into a relaxing, stress free zone. From the minute you arrive at your chosen spa destination, these places of healing and calm can help to make you forget about the worries of your job, family and other aspects of your life. Spas can make you feel rejuvenated and refreshed, while giving your body a whole new look and feel, if you choose. Picking a resort and one of their spa packages can be a welcome change from the hurried pace of a regular vacation destination.One spot that offers an abundance of spa packages is the Montage, located in Laguna Beach, California. The warm sunny climate of southern California is a perfect way to begin your luxurious spa stay, and the environment once you enter the spa resort is even better. Montage offers packages that are … [Read more...] about Take In Some Leisure Time at a Spa
High fuel costs and economic stress are taking their toll on yet another industry. The travel industry. An industry with multiyear growth is beginning to level off at mid year. And may only have a slight chance of ending the year with an increase, thanks to leisure travel sales.The continued rising gasoline prices have already forced some consumers to cancel their vacation plans, according to a key consumer survey. Although leisure travel is still expected to continue growing this year, even if families are forced to vacation closer to home.Although the number of domestic trips taken this year and next are not expected to decline, it has been suggested that the spending patterns and consumer choices may change. Substituting domestic travel for international trips, trading down in hotel quality, foregoing in-trip shopping or entertainment spending, and shorter stays are all viable options that will be considered.Leisure travel was predicted to grow by 0.8% in the second quarter of 2008, … [Read more...] about Leisure Travel Helps Travel Industry Show Increase
Browse through the magazine racks of any bookstore and you'll find the number of travel and leisure magazines offered endless. Whether you're looking for inspiration for your next trip, wanting some top tips to plan a vacation or simply a new activity to keep you busy during time off at home, travel and leisure magazines are the perfect place to start your search. Here's a round up of some of the best available:Time Out Magazine Fast becoming the leading authority on the world's best cities, from LA to Buenos Aires, Cape Town to Copenhagen, Time Out now has 18 travel and 23 city magazines offering up to date information on the best places to stay, eat and be entertained in the world's most fabulous cities. Even if you live in one of its featured cities, you can bet Time Out will come up with a new location or activity you never knew existed in your local area. Prepare to be amazed!Outside A travel and leisure magazine which has been keeping adventurers informed since 1977, Outside is … [Read more...] about Travel and Leisure Magazines to Inspire the Adventurer in You
Traveling? What is the definition of leisure? Is it traveling around the world? Enjoying the sights, smells, sounds, and feelings of being in a new place. Climbing tall mountains, exploring the pyramids in Egypt, going on safari in Africa, or visiting an Irish pub? Maybe leisure is traveling back to where you grew up. Seeing the many faces and places where you became what you are today. Seeing your old high school. Visiting places you have not seen in 20, 30, or more years.Fishing? Is the definition of leisure fishing? Is it the feel of the sun on your face and you lay in the grass on a hot summer day? Maybe near a body of water, a lake, a stream, or river as the mist off the water sprays your face as the fish swim along the bottom watching your worm dangling from the hook. Are the fish biting? Does it matter?Exercising? Is the definition of leisure jogging? Could it be the perfect sunrise as you jog along the park trail? The birds are singing their morning songs. The squirrels peek … [Read more...] about What is the Definition of Leisure?