This industry covers establishments primarily engaged in the operation of sports, amusement, and recreation services, not elsewhere classified, such as bathing beaches, swimming pools, lottery operations, riding academies and schools, gaming establishments, carnival operations, exposition operations, horse shows, picnic grounds operation, ski resorts, and shooting galleries. Establishments primarily engaged in showing or handling animals at shows or exhibitions are classified in SIC 0752: Animal Specialty Services, Except Veterinary.
All Other Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Other
Other Performing Arts Companies
Other Spectator Sports
Fitness and Recreational Sports Centers
Casinos (except Casino Hotels)
Other Gambling Industries
Nature Parks and Other Similar Institutions
Sports and Recreation Instruction
Recreational Goods Rental
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water
All Other Amusement and Recreation Industries
Americans entertain themselves with a broad spectrum of amusements and recreations that include participatory and spectator sports, tourism, and other activities. Members of this broad industry range from athletes to bowling instructors and from fortune tellers to fireworks operators. The U.S. population's traditional interest in a rich and varied range of recreational activities has supported the growth of an enormous, sprawling industry to capitalize on the continued popularity of such activities.
Spending on recreational activities has grown dramatically since 1990, even in the absence of more free time. It was projected that spending by Americans on recreational activities would increase more than 30 percent between 2000 and 2005. Entertainment spending was dramatically higher in affluent and well-educated households.
While this industry classification covers many establishments, several areas of the industry have particular economic significance in the United States.
Skiing is one of America's favorite recreational sports, but with the number of skiers leveling off and operational costs such as snowmaking and workers' compensation rising, resorts were...