Chapter 1 - The Future

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over 600,000 hours. And if we sleep for 200,000 hours and spend only 50,000 hours in paid employment, we will have over 350,000 hours to spend on leisure, education, travel, hobbies and everything else.
  Leisure, tourism and lifelong education will be among the major growth industries. Already some of the trends are obvious. Half a billion tourists travel each year. By the year 2000, the prediction is a billion.
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  Overcrowded Japan set goals in the mid-1980s to have 10 million of its citizens taking holidays abroad by 1991.
33 The target was achieved. Over 90 percent of Japanese newlyweds honeymoon in other countries.
  In Florida, 33 million visitors a year now flock into the former swampland of Orlando - thanks to the vision of Walt Disney and the planning of his successors. More than 55 million tourists from other countries visit France each year, and the 23.6 million who visited Britain in 1995 spent $17.5 billion. London's main airport at Heathrow is now also a major shopping centre, with a retail turnover of $500 million a year.
  Baltimore, Maryland, once a dirty, rundown port city, now attracts eight million visitors a year to the cultural and entertainment attractions on its revamped waterfront. The giant Mall of America in Minnesota is built around a seven-acre amusement park, adapted from Knotts' Berry Farm in California. Sega has opened three virtual-reality theme parks in Japan, one in London, and it plans 50 around the world. Hyatt plans to open 25 fantasy hotels within the next few years. Legoland, at Windsor, is one of Britain's newest tourist venues. And Disneyland, in Tokyo, is Japan's biggest single tourist attraction.
  Tourism is one of the few industries capable of creating vast numbers of new jobs. Achieving that will require big increases in foreign language training, culture-knowledge, hospitality service skills and the creation of exciting new leisure experiences.
  And not the least of education's tasks will be to help prepare each country's citizens for a stimulating age of leisure.

8. The changing shape of work

   Handy forecasts that soon a minority of working-age adults will be employed in fulltime permanent employment by traditional-style companies. Those will generally be highly-trained people, probably not starting work until their mid-twenties - with graduate and postgraduate qualifications. They are likely to provide the essential core management

 

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