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Seite 39 EuroAmusement Professional 5-2014-LeseprobeHoch hinaus mit dem Riesenrad im Allgäu Skylinepark. Ein Vergnügen in
jedem Alter.

Your Money or Your Life?!
This question might begin to come up more frequently for
"normal" folks, i.e. those among us who are not millionaires.
This is because a high standard of living is not just a matter
of money; it's also a matter of time. But while people who
work for a living might have enough money, they may well be
"time poor" when it comes to sufficient time for leisure and
relaxation. It's a little reminiscent of a dog chasing its own
tail...
The continuing demographic transformation in our society's
age pyramid further aggravates this situation, forcing an
increasing number of people in the future to work more
and work for longer before they can enjoy the "easy life"
of their retirement. Prof. Dr. Torsten Widmann, Head of
the Business Administration Department ­ Tourism and
Leisure Industry at Germany's Ravensburg University of
Cooperative Education, has investigated the influences of
this demographic change in regard to the leisure and tourism
industries and summarized his findings for our readers.

The Influence of Demographic Developments
on the Leisure Industry
By Torsten Widmann
Demographic changes in Germany
In the next one to two decades the shift in the age structure
within society will begin to change tourism-related market
segments both in quantitative and in qualitative terms. While
the most dramatic effects are anticipated 30 years from now,
tourism service providers already need to adjust to the new
demands and react with the range of services they offer.
It is not a question of whether the demand potential will
diminish. It is only a question of when. The current birth rate
is 1.4 children per woman, with a mildly declining tendency
over the long term (1.2). 2.1 children per parent couple
would be necessary to maintain the current population
numbers. Subsequently, there will be increasingly fewer
potential mothers from generation to generation. The medium
variant of the population forecast anticipates a mild rise in
the population by 2015 of around half a million persons.
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