I Types of leisure industry
Leisure organizations in the voluntary sector provide facilities and activities for the local community, or shared interest groups, through clubs and societies; they may arguably be considered as outside the leisure industry proper. Clubs and groups such as youth clubs, play schemes, the Scouting Association and Girl Guides, theatre clubs, sports clubs, consumer groups, hobby groups, and religious groups are all part of this sector. The public sector consists of national and local government: national governments provide finance for leisure facilities and activities through organizations such as the Arts Council, the Sports Council, the Forestry Commission, and English Heritage. Local authorities are involved in the provision of community facilities such as sports centres, swimming pools, libraries, arts centres, museums, sports grounds, playgrounds, and community centres, and education-related leisure activities such as evening classes.
The private sector is by far the largest provider of leisure activities and facilities, and is dominated by multinationals. These companies make a major contribution to the industry in the form of private leisure centres, health clubs, golf courses, cinemas, pubs and wine bars, theme parks, leisure goods, horse racing, casinos, discos, and many other such activities.
II Future of the leisure industry
The amount of time and money available for leisure has never been greater than today, and the trend is forecast to continue. In particular, social entertainment in the form of cinema, spectator sport, visiting pubs, going out for a meal, dancing, along with home-based activities, including video, computers, and television are all viewed as areas set for major increases in public interest and expenditure. There are likely to be more new mixed leisure concepts providing varied and extensive combinations of activities in a single complex, such as indoor tennis, golf driving ranges, shopping malls, entertainment centres, bars, restaurants, and exhibition and conference centres, all under the same roof.