Friday, 19 Dec, 2014

Industry Reports

The organisers of the Visitor Attraction Expo (VAE), which takes place in London on January 13-15, have revealed details of a comprehensive seminar and education programme.

Commenting on the programme content, organiser Karen Cooke explained: "Visitors to both VAE and EAG International will be treated to an impressive array of products and services for the amusements and attractions sector with history confirming that a lot of business will be done.
December 11 2014
International Expo Consults (IEC), organisers of annual DEAL show in Dubai, has stated that the Middle East has the potential to command a major share of the multi-billion dollar amusement industry.
December 4 2014
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has called for EU action to improve the industry's business environment.

During the recent Euro Attractions Show (EAS) in Amsterdam, IAAPA launched a new manifesto, 'European Amusement Parks and Attractions: Driving Leisure and Tourism in Europe'.
November 27 2014
At the 2014 IAAPA Attractions Expo last week, Merlin Entertainments revealed a large-scale Lego model that showcased three iconic brands coming to Orlando next year: The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando and Sea Life Orlando Aquarium.
November 24 2014
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, the world's largest regional theme park company, has become the recipient of the first ever Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA) Heritage Award.

Jim Reid-Anderson, chairman, president and CEO of Six Flags, accepted the award at the Texas Travel Summit in October.
November 6 2014
Bringing together the world's leading amusement facility investors, game and equipment manufacturers, tourist facility owners, municipality administrators and architectures, the third annual Atrax exhibition will take place at Istanbul Fuar Merkezi, Turkey, on December 4-6.
October 24 2014
The 2015 edition of China Attractions Expo (CAE) will be the biggest show representing the country's attractions industry.

According to the organisers of the event, the China Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (CAAPA), CAE 2015 will take place across four halls at the China National Convention Centre on March 18-20. More than 80 per cent of exhibition space is already sold out.
October 17 2014
The eight annual RAAPA Expo is set to take place in Moscow, Russia, on October 15-17.

More than 3,000 amusement industry executives are expected to visit the event, which has been described as the ideal opportunity to analyse the results of the summer and plan for 2015 season.
October 7 2014
Following its global user group meeting (UGM) in Denver, Colorado, last month, Gateway Ticketing Systems held its European satellite event in Amsterdam today (September 25).

Taking place alongside this year's Euro Attractions Show (EAS), which was being held in the south of the city, Gateway representatives Scott Lobaugh and Marcus Lopez provided a brief update on the Pennsylvania-based ticketing systems group, before discussing the latest product updates.
September 25 2014
Innovative Leisure, the UK-based adventure attractions specialist, will once again be among the exhibitors at this year's EAS and LIW trade shows, being held at the Amsterdam RAI, the Netherlands, and the NEC Birmingham, England, respectively, in September and October.
September 4 2014

Park Reports

One of Norwegian Cruise Line's new ships will have the largest aqua park at sea, as some of its leisure facilities were unveiled this week.

The Norwegian Escape ship's Aqua Park will include a new Aqua Racer slide, a dedicated Kids' Aqua Park, two pools and four hot tubs.
December 18 2014
Finnish software developer Rovio Entertainment has entered into agreement with China's Guogou Group, for the construction and operation of nine Angry Birds family entertainment centres.

The first Angry Birds-branded FEC will be developed in the province of Anhui, and the remaining eight venues are earmarked for completion by 2018.
November 13 2014
Merlin Entertainments has unveiled plans to develop Legoland Dubai - the seventh Legoland park to open worldwide.

The park, which will be operated by Merlin, is being developed in conjunction with Dubai Parks and Resorts, a Meraas holding company.
October 29 2014
British Airways is set to be the airline partner for KidZania London, the UK's first educational entertainment experience, which is due to start inspiring families at Westfield London in 2015.
October 10 2014
Simworx, the UK-based supplier of media-based dynamic simulation attractions, has announced the opening of its first Immersive Tunnel at Movie Park Germany.

Incorporated into the park's newest family attraction, The Lost Temple, the Immersive Tunnel provides an exciting and entertaining finale to guests' journey into a forgotten period of time deep under the park.
September 18 2014
Dubai is now home to a unique floating park, which promoters claim is the biggest of its kind in the world.

Located 150m off the shores of Jumeirah Beach Residence, the Beach Water Park is an inflated playground that offers a range of water activities, including slides, trampolines, jumping cushions and climbing walls.
September 12 2014
Euro Disney, operator of Disneyland Paris in France, has announced that Tom Wolber has been appointed as president of the theme park, as former head Philippe Gas prepares to take on his new role as head of Shanghai Disney Resort in China.
August 15 2014
German ride manufacturer Huss Park Attractions has announced details of new ride projects for 2014 and beyond, with a wide range of installations being opened this year and many more confirmed for 2015 and into 2016 at parks around the world.
July 17 2014
Merlin Entertainments is planning to open Japan's first Legoland theme park, which will be similar in scale to the recently opened venues in Johor, Malaysia, and Florida, US.

July 4 2014
Cartoon Network Amazone, the world's first Cartoon Network themed waterpark, will open its doors on Thailand's eastern seaboard on July 31.

Theme park developers Amazon Falls first announced the development of the park at the beginning of 2012.
June 19 2014