Monday, 31 Aug, 2015

Industry Reports

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
More than 350 exhibiting companies - including 70 first-timers - will fill

9,400sq.m of space at Asian Attractions Expo (AAE), which takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre next week.
June 12 2015
On March 18, the 2015 China Attractions Expo (CAE) opened its doors at the National Convention Centre in Beijing.

Organised by the China Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (CAAPA), the three-day expo attracted some 22,000 visitors.
May 26 2015
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) will welcome more than 7,000 participants from 65 countries to the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre on June 16-19 for Asian Attractions Expo (AAE) 2015.
May 14 2015

Park Reports

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
Silver Dollar City theme park in Missouri, US, has expanded into a previously undeveloped region of the resort to make way for Fireman's Landing, a themed area with 10 family adventures - three of which are new interactive play zones supplied by WhiteWater Attractions.
April 17 2015
SeaWorld Entertainment has appointed industry veteran Joel Manby as president and chief executive officer, effective April 7.

Manby, 55, most recently served as president and chief executive officer of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned theme park and entertainment company in the US.
April 3 2015
On March 12, Tim Mow, general manager of Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi, greeted professionals from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) during their visit to the waterpark.
March 26 2015