Tuesday, 03 Mar, 2015

Industry Reports

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
Established by managing director Phil Pickersgill in 2000, Innovative Leisure has earned an enviable reputation for introducing exciting new adventure play related products from around the world to the UK and European markets.
January 8 2015
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

Park Reports

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
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