10 Dec 2018 IAAPA EMEA Winter Forum from 29 to 30 January on Tenerife Island

The IAAPA EMEA Winter Forum 2019, organized by the European office of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), will take place from Jan 29th-30th on the Canary Island of Tenerife (Spain). On the first day of the event, industry professionals will have the opportunity to visit the Loro Parque adventure zoo in the north of the island to discover ...

07 Dec 2018 GB/Kuwait: Cartoon Network World in Kuwait Adds “Immersive Adventurer“ Attraction to its Entertainment Offer

Kuwait’s Cartoon Network World, which is operated by Future Kid Entertainment & Real Estate Company and currently under redevelopment, will add an “Immersive Adventurer Ride“ from Simworx to its line-up of attractions. The 3-DOF motion simulator, which the British manufacturer had introduced to its product portfolio earlier this year, will feature a total of 13 video screens ...

06 Dec 2018 Germany: Dinosaurier Museum Altmuehltal Presents Fossil Finding of Unknown Killer Turtle

Next week (as of Dec 16th), the museum of Dinosaurier Park Altmuehltal in Bavaria will reveal the prepared fossil of a still unknown prehistoric turtle species, which was found some years ago in a quarry in the south of Germany. Scientists assume that this newly discovered species, which was dubbed “killer turtle” because of its mighty, beak-shaped lower jaw ...

05 Dec 2018 Spain: Parques Reunidos Opens New Aquarium in Madrid

Atlantis Aquarium, the latest visitor attraction of the Parques Reunidos group, recently went into operation at the Xanadú shopping and entertainment centre in Arroyomolinos (Madrid). The aquarium aims at attracting visitors with numerous species of fish and marine animals, in addition to a number of interactive features such as knowledge challenges and a VR application, helping ...

04 Dec 2018 Kelly Craighead Named New President & CEO of Cruise Lines International Association

The Global Executive Committee of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has recently named Kelly Craighead the organization’s new President & CEO, effective January 1st, 2019. Craighead will take over the position from Cindy D’Aoust, who announced her resignation earlier this year. Most recently, Craighead held the role as Deputy Assistant Secretary for ...

03 Dec 2018 Berlin/Germany: New “Gummi Bear World“ at Karls Erlebnis-Dorf Elstal Now Open

This past Saturday, Karls Erlebnis-Dorf in Elstal near Berlin has inaugurated its new “Gummi Bear World” indoor area, featuring a large jelly bears manufactory and a total of nine attractions. On some 700 square meters young visitors can enjoy funfair atmosphere and go for a ride on a carousel, a freefall tower or a bumper car attraction (amongst others) ...

30 Nov 2018 USA: New „Ralph Breaks VR“ Hyper Reality Experience Launched at The VOID Centers

Last week saw the official release of the new “Ralph Breaks VR” hyper reality experience, produced by The VOID in partnership with ILMxLAB/Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Animation Studios. The new content, which is based on Disney’s 3D animation film “Wreck-It Ralph 2”, can be played at seven of The VOID’s Experience Centers throughout the US and Canada ...

29 Nov 2018 Japan: Oriental Land Company Announces New “Toy Story” Hotel for Tokyo Disney Resort

Oriental Land Company, Disney licensee and owner of Tokyo Disney Resort, yesterday announced its plans to open a new theme hotel by 2021 fiscal year, complementing the two existing Disney theme parks and four hotels of the resort. The group plans to develop a family-friendly, affordable theme hotel based on the Disney·Pixar “Toy Story” films so that everything looks like it is made ...

28 Nov 2018 Pascal Ferracci Takes Over as New CEO of Center Parcs Europe

In October, Pascal Ferracci was named new CEO of Center Parcs Europe, a subsidiary of listed Pierre et Vacances-Center Parcs Group. He succeeds Mark Haak Wegmann, who had been at the helm of Center Parcs Europe for over five years and who is owner and Director of the M2 Leisure consulting agency. Ferracci has also become new Chairman of the Center Parcs Europe board, reporting to ...

27 Nov 2018 Austria: Eurothermen Take Stock: Markus Achleitner Leaves Company with Top Results

After almost 22 years at the helm of Austria’s Eurothermen, Markus Achleitner will step down from his position as General Manager of the OÖ Thermenholding to dedicate himself to new, political challenges as councilor in the future. The company group (with its three Eurothermen locations in Bad Hall, Bad Ischl and Bad Schallerbach) took the forthcoming farewell as ...

27 Nov 2018 Canada: Shaun Goodyer Assigned New Business Development Manager Canada at Waterplay Solutions

Recreation industry expert Shaun Goodyer has recently taken over the newly formed position of Business Development Manager for the Canadian market at Kelowna/British Columbia-based Waterplay Solutions company. Goodyer, who brings two decades of professional experience in the Canadian recreation marketplace to the Waterplay team, is looking forward to his new challenge ...

26 Nov 2018 USA: YDreams and Studio 41B Enter Distribution Agreement

YDreams Global Technologies Inc. (YDreams), a company specialized in the development of AR and VR applications with offices in Vancouver/Canada, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro/Brazil, has recently signed a distribution agreement with Lake Wales/Florida-based Studio 41B design agency for the distribution and integration of YDreams’ “Arkave VR” platform. Arkave VR is a turnkey ...

23 Nov 2018 USA: Virtuix and Funovation Launch New “VR ARENA“ E-Sports Attraction

Virtuix, a Texas-based provider of VR applications, and the Funovation company from Colorado, which has specialized in the creation of small-footprint attractions, have recently launched their new “VR ARENA” concept as a location-based e-sports attraction. It combines the “Omni” VR hardware system from Virtuix, a treadmill enabling placers to physically run ...

22 Nov 2018 USA: IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 Results

According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), this year’s IAAPA Attractions Expo, which took place last week from Nov 13th to 16th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando/FL, closed with new record results, registering a total of 42,000 participants during the four-day trade show event (2017: 39,000), including 26,600 ...

20 Nov 2018 Germany: Second TimeRide VR Location Launches in Dresden this Week

The second location of the TimeRide VR historic Virtual Reality attraction – a concept of TimeRide GmbH, the first installation of which was opened last year in the city of Cologne – will open its doors this upcoming Friday (Nov 23rd) in Dresden/Germany, dubbed TimeRide VR Dresden. With the aid of modern VR technology, visitors will be able to experience the city in its baroque ...

19 Nov 2018 New “Game of Thrones“ Touring Exhibition to Premiere in Germany on Nov 27th

Based on the “Game of ThronesTM” US fantasy television series, which is broadcasted on cable TV channel HBO, fans will be able to discover the equally named touring exhibition in Germany, too, when it premieres on Nov 27th in a temporary exhibition hall in the city of Oberhausen, bringing the world of Westeros and Essos to life. In partnership with HBO Licensing & Retail ...

16 Nov 2018 Switzerland: Buergenstock Alpine Spa Honored with “World’s Best New Hotel Spa“ Award

Located around 500 meters above Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, the Buergenstock Alpine Spa, which was opened back in autumn 2017 as part of Buergenstock Resort Lake Lucerne, has recently received the “World’s Best New Hotel Spa Award” during the “World Spa AwardsTM” ceremony on the Maldives. The World Spa Awards were established in 2015 by the British World Media And Events ...

15 Nov 2018 Germany: Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8° Ost Welcomes Five Millionth Visitor

Since its opening in 2009, Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8° Ost has been welcoming an average of 500.000 visitors annually. At the end of October this year, the experience world was able to welcome its five millionth visitor. CEO Arne Dunker emphasizes: “We are very happy that we have already reached this mark now. It shows us that...

14 Nov 2018 Argos Wityu and Wibit Start Strategic Partnership – Argos Wityu Makes Investment in German Company

Germany’s Wibit Sports GmbH, provider of floating waterparks, and the independent European Argos Wityu investment group have recently agreed on their strategic partnership, including a major investment of Argos Wityu in the German company. Wibit Sports GmbH, founded in 1996 by Romann Rademacher and Robert Cirjak, up to date has realized around 600 floating waterparks ...

13 Nov 2018 Orlando/Florida: “Fun Forward” – IAAPA Attractions Expo Enters Next Round

Today starts this year’s edition of IAAPA Attractions Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando/Florida. Under the motto “Fun Forward: Build the Future”, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) expects more than 35,000 participants (including over 22,000 potential buyers) to attend this year’s trade show event with more than ...

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