Saturday, 10 Oct, 2015

Industry Reports

Following a successful launch this year, the organisers of Visitor Attraction Expo (VAE) have confirmed the 2016 edition of the show will take place at ExCel London on January 12-14.
October 6 2015
Euro Attractions Show (EAS), the largest conference and trade show for the attractions industry in Europe, will take place October 6-8 at the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre, located next to Liseberg amusement park in Gothenburg.
September 25 2015
Legoland Windsor Resort recently unveiled Heartlake City, a new attraction area that includes interactive Lego builds, a train ride and retail elements.

Working in partnership with Merlin Magic Making, Scruffy Dog, a UK-based set design and construction company, played a key role in the development of the new attraction.
September 4 2015
The Great Lakes region in the US will welcome a range of new attractions over the coming months.

Mall of America in Minnesota is preparing to open a new thrill ride this autumn. Located in Nickelodeon Universe, Shredder's Mutant Masher is a 5,000sq.ft interactive attraction that takes riders 50ft into the air.
August 20 2015
Like many other market segments - from cruise ships to recreational facilities and traditional campgrounds - Australia's holiday parks are eager to give guests thrilling waterpark experiences during their visits.
August 13 2015
Events organiser Fun & Biz Africa is getting ready to cut the ribbon on the inaugural Amusement and Attractions Africa expo, which takes place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, South Africa, on August 13-15.
July 30 2015
Euro Attractions Show (EAS) 2015, which takes place at the Svenska Mässan exhibition centre in Gothenburg, Sweden, on October 6-8, will feature a comprehensive educational programme with high-calibre learning opportunities.
July 16 2015
Dermot King, managing director of UK holiday park operator, Butlins, has been appointed as chairman of the Cut Tourism VAT Campaign on behalf of the British Hospitality Association (BHA).

July 9 2015
Parks and attractions from across Europe joined the European Commission for the launch of IAAPA Europe's Digital Skills Network (DSN) in Brussels on June 30.

DSN is an IAAPA Europe initiative to help enhance the level of digital skills in the parks and attractions industry. The network brings together professionals within the sector to exchange best practice and expertise.
July 3 2015
The global theme park and waterpark sectors saw increased attendance in 2014, driven by strong growth in Asia and a post-recession rebound in Europe and the US, a new study indicates.
June 24 2015

Park Reports

DP Leisure, operator of leading children's entertainment centre brand 360 Play, has announced further details of its newest location which is scheduled to open this autumn in Basildon, UK.

October 8 2015
Texas businessmen Keith Dalton, Terry Hlavinka and Ray DeLaughter have broken ground on what will become the Greater Houston Area's latest leisure venue.

Typhoon Texas, a new waterpark in the city of Katy, is being constructed as part of a 43-acre development, and is set to put the region on the national map for family waterpark entertainment.
September 18 2015
To coincide with its 20th anniversary, Spanish theme park PortAventura has embarked on an ambitious corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity with the aim of contributing to a sustainable and high-quality tourism model.
September 11 2015
Bletchley Park, the central site of the UK's code-breaking efforts in World War Two, has broken all previous records by welcoming more than 200,000 visitors since January 1.

August 27 2015
German amusement ride manufacturer Huss Park Attractions has announced the successful initial testing of a new, high performance virtual reality (VR) system which is set to add new optional ride experiences to its attractions.
August 10 2015
Europa-Park has long been known to cater for families and thrill-seekers alike. As the resort celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, Michael Mack discusses the secret behind creating the perfect balance.
July 24 2015
Simworx, the UK specialist supplier of media-based dynamic simulation attractions, has announced that it is to supply an Immersive Tunnel attraction to a major tourist venue in Malaysia.

June 18 2015
The Funplex family entertainment centre in East Hanover, New Jersey, has cut the ribbon on a new 130,000sq.ft waterpark.

The centre's new attraction will be added to the venue's Splashplex water playground attraction.
June 4 2015
Triotech, a world leader in media-based interactive attractions, has announced the opening of its spectacular new interactive dark ride, Voyage to the Iron Reef, at Knott's Berry Farm in California, US.
May 28 2015
Europa-Park in Germany kicks off its big anniversary year in July, with celebrations taking place across the resort's 13 European themed areas.

On July 11-12, the park will host a huge 40th birthday party, with guests being able to party, dance and ride roller coasters up until midnight.
April 23 2015