Monday, 03 Aug, 2015

Industry Reports

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
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

Park Reports

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
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