Thursday, 17 Apr, 2014

Industry Reports

Kolmarden Zoo in Sweden is planning to open an entire new area dedicated to the popular Swedish cartoon character Bamse in 2015.

Set to coincide with the park's 50th anniversary celebrations, Bamse's World will be spread over 20,000sq.m.
April 10 2014
The 2014 edition of the World's Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) takes place on June 20, with the event's organisers attempting to set a fifth Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson ever conducted.
March 20 2014
The National Farm Attractions Network (NFAN) held its annual conference and trade show at The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, on February 11-12, the event once again bringing together operator and trade members from around the UK for the organisation's main event of the year.
March 7 2014
More than 275 companies are set to exhibit at the 2014 edition of the Asian Attractions Expo (AAE), which takes place at the China National Convention Centre in Beijing on June 17-20.
February 27 2014
UK children's entertainment centre operator 360 Play played host to a meeting of fellow play centre operators from around the UK on February 6, when the FECA members of the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) attended a meeting at the company's Leicester venue.
February 13 2014
ASTM F24, the committee on amusement rides and attractions which produces global safety standards for the amusement industry, will be holding three days of meetings from February 12-15, 2014.

January 17 2014
The IAAPA Leadership Conference 2014 will take place on March 5-7 in San Francisco, California, providing owners and managers of amusement or theme parks, waterparks, family entertainment centres, zoos, aquariums, science centres and museums the tools to build customer loyalty and drive their business.
January 9 2014
Cologne's annual Christmas Markets closed their doors for another year on December 23, but not before the German city had the chance to demonstrate exactly why it leads the way in terms of offering the finest traditional food, drink and shopping options - all framed within a classic winter theme. Adrian Lennox reports.
January 3 2014
Atrax, Turkey's first and only international amusement, attractions and parks industry and services exhibition, has been deemed a resounding success in its second year.

The show, which took place at the Istanbul Expo Centre on December 5-7 attracted 8,150 delegates from around the world.
December 13 2013
Britain's tourism industry is expected to more than double from £127bn ($204.6bn) in 2013 to £257bn ($414bn) by 2025, according to a new report commissioned by VisitBritain.

A new report published by the tourist board suggests that the UK's tourism industry could make up 10 per cent of UK GDP by 2025, up from nine per cent this year, with this growth creating 175,000 new jobs.
November 22 2013

Park Reports

Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is preparing the full roll-out of MyMagic+, the innovative solution that is set to revolutionise the guest experience.


MyMagic+ is reshaping the Walt Disney World Resort vacation experience in ways that will make it more customised and easier than ever for guests to create lasting memories with their families and friends.
March 28 2014
Tourism photography company Magic Memories has introduced its full service personalised storybook solution to visitors to the National Zoological Garden of South Africa - better known as Pretoria Zoo - in conjunction with the Happy Snappy Photo Company.
March 14 2014
An indoor surfing simulator, a high-speed slide and wave pools will be among the 13 attractions that will be on offer at Ocean Park's new water playground, which is set to open in the summer of 2017.
February 7 2014
Manormortis, located at Scare Kingdom Scream Park in Lancashire, UK, is Britain's newest permanent award-winning scare attraction.

Created for Scare Kingdom Scream Park by European scare entertainment specialist AtmosFear Scare Entertainment, which has created over 100 temporary and seasonal scare entertainment projects in its 13-year history, Manormortis is the third permanent scare attraction designed and built by the company
December 6 2013
InterPark takes a trip to Efteling to see exactly why the theme park has been voted the best in the Netherlands.

Efteling theme park has been welcoming visitors for almost 60 years. The park, located in a large forested area in the southern town of Kaatsheuvel, opened its doors as Fairy Tale Forest in 1952 - predating the original Disneyland park in California by three years.
November 28 2013
Now entering its 13th year of Halloween celebrations, Ocean Park will present an all-new, all day and night Halloween Fest on 17 event days from October 1-31, where a regular daytime ticket will enable each guest to enjoy Hong Kong's largest Halloween event.
September 11 2013
Oakwood Theme Park in Wales, UK, and global guest photography provider Magic Memories have announced "significant" initial results from their new in-park photo partnership for the 2013 summer season.

September 5 2013
Chinese billionaire Tony Fung's plans for a A$4.2bn (US$3.8bn) hotel and casino project in Australia is being fast-tracked for approval by the Australian government.

The Aquis Resort at the Great Barrier Reef resort complex, which is currently under consideration by the northeastern state of Queensland, would include an "international class" casino, nine luxury hotels with a total 3,750 rooms, and one of the largest aquariums in the world.
August 8 2013
Legoland Florida has unveiled plans for the Legoland Florida VIP Experience, and the Legoland Florida and Legoland Waterpark combo VIP Experience.

The private guided tour experiences include park admission, a personal guide, lunch, refreshments, an exclusive Lego Model Shop tour and a special build experience with a master model builder.
July 26 2013
Tourism photography experience company Magic Memories has announced a new partnership with the Sea Life London Aquarium in the UK, operated by Merlin Entertainments, which in addition to improving the guest experience has provided the venue with an increase in spend.
July 19 2013