Tuesday, 26 May, 2015

Industry Reports

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
Earlier this month, German amusement enthusiast group Freundeskreis Kirmes und Freizeitpark (FKF) presented Mack Rides with two industry awards.

The company's Helix launch coaster at Liseberg theme park in Sweden, along with the inverted coaster Arthur - In the Minimoys Kingdom at Europa-Park, were named as installations of the year for 2014.
May 9 2015
ProSlide Technology, the Canada-based water slide and waterpark designer, has underlined its commitment to the Asian attractions market by opening a new office in Shanghai, China.

Based in the Shanghai Mart International Trade Centre, the office will serve as the company's operations hub in Asia-Pacific, complementing its existing business development teams in the region.
May 1 2015
Accesso continues to grow as a leading provider of queuing and ticketing solutions to entertainment and leisure venues around the world, writes Adrian Lennox.

With its roots stretching back to the year 2000, Accesso has long been at the forefront of the world ticketing and queuing sector.
April 9 2015
Event organisers International Expo Consults (IEC) will welcome the global amusements and leisure industry to the 21st edition of the Dubai Entertainment Amusement and Leisure Show (DEAL) on April 14-16.
March 20 2015
Rainbow Productions continues to work with UK and European visitor attractions, theme parks and family entertainment centres to create custom-made mascot costumes for use in their event and entertainment programmes, helping venues appeal to new audiences as well as encouraging repeat visits from season-ticket holders.
March 13 2015
Nearly 150 family entertainment centre (FEC) industry leaders from 26 US states and 13 countries participated in FEC Dallas 2015.

The two-day event, organised and produced by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), took place at the Hilton Dallas Rockwall Lakefront Hotel on February 8-10.
February 27 2015
Despite the country's small size, the Dutch attractions industry is leading the way, writes Adrian Lennox.

When it comes to tourism and entertainment, the Netherlands is a world leader. Despite its small size, the country has a carved out a strong identity that resonates across the globe, attracting millions of visitors each year who want to experience the country's art, architecture and famously liberal lifestyle.
February 19 2015
On February 4, Technical Direction Company (TDC) wowed audiences around the world through its Visions of Vienna presentation - a multimedia artistic collaboration between the Vienna Tourist Board and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
February 6 2015
DP Associates (DPA) has formed a partnership with Dynamic Concepts Consultancy (DCC) in the Netherlands to deliver a wide range of theme park and leisure related services to clients seeking support in a variety of areas.
January 22 2015

Park Reports

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
Drayton Manor theme park in the UK has welcomed William Bryan as its new managing director.

Bryan takes over as managing director of the Staffordshire park as his father, Colin, steps up to the role of chief executive.
March 5 2015
The UAE's first mega waterpark, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, experienced a blockbuster second year in 2014.

According to Farah Leisure Parks Management, operator of Yas Waterworld, more than three million rides were tracked on four of the facility's leading attractions - Dawwama, Liwa Loop, Bandit Bomber and Slithers Slides - during the year.

February 11 2015
Efteling, the historic Dutch theme park, has unveiled a series of planned events that are set to bring in the crowds in spring.

From April 1 onwards, several performances of the exciting Raveleijn Park Show take place each day, as well as the park show Fairytale Tree, Once upon a time.
January 30 2015
Breaker Bay Waterpark at Blue Harbor Resort and Spa in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, has cut the ribbon on a new $1.7m surfing attraction.

This new experience, Riptide, according to David Sanderson, vice president and general manager of Blue Harbor, is a "step forward in the evolution of the resort".
January 19 2015
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