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The Gallup Organization provided much valuable information on public opinion for this book in a variety of subject areas. Other information about public opinion came from Harris Interactive, the Leisure Trends Group, and Roper Starch Worldwide.

The U.S. Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Statistics National Household Travel Survey (2001) provided extensive information on the travel patterns of Americans. The Travel Industry Association of America, the American Society of Travel Agents, and the World Tourism Organization also provided information about travel, including the number of trips, people's activities during trips, favorite destinations, and demographic data about American travelers. The Cruise Lines International Association provided much information about cruise lengths, destinations, consumers, and industry trends.

The National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior published the National Park Service Statistical Abstract 2003, with information about the national parks, their facilities, services, accommodations, hours of operation, costs, and utilization. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior published the 2001 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife Associated Recreation. Additional information about out-door recreation came from the Recreation Roundtable, in a report conducted by Roper Starch Worldwide, Outdoor Recreation in America, 2003. Information about nature-based recreation and ecotourism was gleaned from the Ecotourism Society and a joint Travel Industry Association of America/National Geographic Traveler report, Geotourism: The New Trend in Travel (2002).

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2002 Consumer Expenditure Survey and the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis contributed information about consumer spending. The Consumer Electronics Association was a valuable source of information about sales of electronics products and computers, while the Photo Marketing Association International supplied information about film and camera sales. Information on boat sales and boating participation came from the National Marine Manufacturer's Association.

The National Endowment for the Arts 2002 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (2004) provided important information about trends in attendance of performing arts events, personal participation in the arts, and Americans' preferred leisure activities. The Association of Art Museum Directors' State of the Nation's Art Museums (2004) was a source of information on museum attendance and funding. Information about rock and pop concert tours came from Billboard magazine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided information about Americans' leisure-time physical activity, while the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics report Volunteering in the United States, 2003 was a valuable source of information on volunteers.

Ipsos-Insight and the Association of American Publishers provided book sales data, and the Book Industry Study Group and the American Booksellers Association shared the results of their research on reading and purchasing behavior in the United States. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions provided helpful statistics about amusement parks and other attractions, as did Amusement Business magazine.

The Motion Picture Association of America offered economic data about U.S. theatrical box office receipts and revenues, along with information about average ticket prices and the number of movie screens. The Toy Industry Association, Inc. and the NPD Group reported on toy sales, while the Craft & Hobby Association and Unity Marketing provided information on the craft and collectibles markets, respectively.

The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association supplied many data tables and much useful information about the sporting goods market and participation in sports from its Sports Participation Topline Report (2004) and Recreation Market Report (2004) publications. The National Sporting Goods Association provided additional information on the sporting goods market and participation in sports, while the National Collegiate Athletic Association collected information on student athletes. The National Golf Foundation, U.S. Soccer, and the American Bowling Congress were also sources of valuable sports information.

Harrah's Entertainment's Profile of the American Casino Gambler (2003) described American gambling preferences and habits, while the National Indian Gaming Commission and the Indian Gaming Association provided a wealth of information about tribal gambling. The National Thoroughbred Racing Association was a source of information about horse racing, as was the Association of Racing Commissioners International, which also provided information about greyhound racing and other pari-mutuel gambling activities. Wagering data compiled by Christiansen Capital Advisors LLC proved highly useful in profiling the gambling industry in America, as did information from the American Gaming Association. Data on gambling addiction came from the National Council on Problem Gambling.

The Pew Internet & American Life Project was an invaluable resource for information about Americans' use of the Internet. The Recording Industry Association of America's 2003 Consumer Profile contained data about music industry sales and demographics. Other sources of data for this book included the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association and the Motorcycle Industry Council.

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