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ERIC Number: ED244950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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The History of Commercial Recreation and Its Role in the Provision of Family Recreation.
Ellis, E. Taylor
Commercial recreation is the provision of facilities, equipment, and programs that satisfy public demand for activities during unobligated time and are profitable to the supplier. The term "commercial recreation" has been given a negative connotation in the field of recreation and leisure. This negative concept of commercial recreation continues to influence present day recreation students and professions. Commercial recreation can be justified in two points, the economic aspect and the provision of services to the family. The service industry of the United States, which is currently growing rapidly and is predicted to grow even faster in the future, provides further examples of commercial recreation's importance. Recreation related jobs continue to grow in that area as they have in another commercial recreation field, travel and tourism. Commercial recreation provides many activities for family recreation in the United States. Examples include: the travel and tourism industry; ski resorts; and theme parks. A historical perspective on why commercial recreation has received such a negative image is provided. (JMK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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