22 Oct 2019 USA: Universal Orlando Resort Announces New Stuntshow “The Bourne Stuntacular“ for Spring 2020

One of the most well-known theme park resorts in the world, Universal Orlando Resort, recently revealed its plans for a new live stunt show called “The Bourne Stuntacular“, debuting in spring 2020, yesterday. The action show is created around the character Jason Bourne, known from the blockbuster movies Bourne, which is a Universal Pictures franchise. Following the agent ...

21 Oct 2019 USA: San Diego Chosen as Location for Second Sesame Street Theme Park

Two years ago the Sesame Workshop non-profit organization and SeaWorld Entertainment operating group announced their plans to build a new, second theme park dedicated to the “Sesame Street” brand, following the announcement of the two parties to continue their partnership through December 2031 (cf. EAP News of 23rd May 2017). The location for the second park was subject to ...

21 Oct 2019 England: New “The Wave“ Indoor Waterpark Opens Today

Estimated at a total investment sum of 36.7 million GBP (approx. 42 million EUR), England’s new The Wave indoor waterpark, which is located in the heart of the city of Coventry, officially opens its doors today. The offer for visitors includes thrill and high-speed slides, a lazy river and a wave pool as well as water play areas for kids. The Coventry City Council ...

21 Oct 2019 WWA Show 2019: Networking, Education, Market Place & Presentation of the “Leading Edge Awards”

From October 7th to 10th, experts from the international waterpark industry came together in Orlando/Florida for the “39th Annual Symposium & Trade Show” organized by the World Waterpark Association (WWA), which was held this year at the Walt Disney World Resort. On a total exhibition space of over 9,000 square meters, more than 225 companies ...

21 Oct 2019 USA/Canada: eOne Shareholders Vote to Approve Acquisition by Hasbro

During a special meeting held on Thursday last week, 99.9 percent of the shareholders of Canada-based Entertainment One film and television production company (eOne; rights owner of the “Peppa Pig” IP, amongst others) voted to approve the proposal of US toy and board game manufacturer Hasbro to acquire eOne in an all-cash transaction. The value of the take-over is estimated ...

18 Oct 2019 Compagnie des Alpes Reports Increase in Sales & Attendance for Leisure Destinations

The French operator group Compagnie des Alpes (CdA) reports very dynamic annual sales for its leisure destinations, with an increase of twelve per cent on a reported basis and sales totaling 380.7 million Euro in the financial year of 2018/19. In the fourth reporting quarter alone sales increased by 19.6 per cent, reaching 170.2 million Euro, including the impact ...

18 Oct 2019 Spain: New Adventure Park Announced for Valencia

Rain Forest Valencia S.A., operating company of Valencia’s BIOPARC zoo, is planning to build an outdoor adventure park on a leased parcel of land adjacent to the animal park, in order to extend the existing experiences offered by the zoo. The new park will feature sports activities such as canyoning, climbing and freefall jumps as well as water areas with attractions for ...

18 Oct 2019 China: New Details Revealed – Universal Beijing Resort to Feature Seven Theme Areas

After the groundbreaking of Universal Beijing Resort in 2015, the park now released new details about the resort‘s design and offers. The new resort, which will be operated by Beijing International Resort Co., Ltd., a joint venture of Beijing Shouhuan Cultural Tourism Investment Co., Ltd. and Comcast NBCUniversal, will develop seven theme areas inside its theme park. “Kung Fu ...

17 Oct 2019 GB: Alton Towers Resort Announces Collaboration With Children’s Book Author David Walliams

England‘s Alton Towers Resort just announced the collaboration with comedian, actor and children’s book author David Walliams for 2020, the year of the resort‘s 40th anniversary. For 2020 numerous attractions will be developed with the creative team of Merlin Magic Making, which will be located around the “Cloud Cuckoo Land“, on all of the resort‘s grounds and the resort hotels ...

17 Oct 2019 Netherlands: Kinepolis Jaarbeurs Theater Launches New MX4D EFX Auditorium

Operated by Belgian Kinepolis Group, the Kinepolis Jaarbeurs Theater in Utrecht (NL) has launched two new auditoriums last week. The new “ScreenX“ cinema, which is equipped with one main and two side screens, provides guest with a 270-degree movie experience. Another novelty is the “MX4D EFX“ auditorium realized by American cinema technology provider MediaMation. The new ...

16 Oct 2019 Unilever Food Solutions Starts Collaboration with Catapult to Address Hospitality Staff Shortages

In order to counter staff shortages in the hospitality sector, Unilever Food Solutions, (in short UFS, the catering supplies division of the Unilever consumer goods group of companies) is inviting its customers to make use of the “Catapult” job platform, which has been developed and managed by England-based Catapult company since its launch in 2015 ...

15 Oct 2019 Vietnam: New “The Sea Shell“ Aquarium To Open in Early 2020

The island resort Phu Quoc, which is developed by real estate company Vingroup‘s leisure division Vinpearl, announced the opening of a new leisure facility highlight on the island. A new island aquarium named “The Sea Shell“ will open in early 2020. The building, which will be shaped like a turtle, was designed in cooperation of Vinpearl with Hollywood-based architecture firm Legacy ...

14 Oct 2019 Ergon Capital To Sell Looping Group

As announced last Friday, the Belgian investment company Ergon Capital Partners and French national investment bank Bpifrance intend to sell Looping Group, the operator of 15 leisure parks in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal, to its management team alongside Mubadala Capital, the financial investment arm of Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala ...

14 Oct 2019 Gran Canaria/Spain: Two New Rides Open At Holiday World Maspalomas Center

The Holiday World entertainment center in Maspalomas, located on the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria, just added two more rides to its attraction portfolio both delivered by the Italian manufacturer Technical Park. The rollercoaster “Speedway“ and the flight carousel “Aerobat“ are both open to thrill lovers with a body height of over 1.40 metres. The family coaster Speedway ...

12 Oct 2019 Rust, Germany: Europa-Park Founder Roland Mack Turns 70

Roland Mack is regarded as one of the most unusual and successful entrepreneurs in Germany. More than 120 million people have visited Germany’s largest amusement park since its foundation in 1975. Since then, the Mack family has invested more than 900 million Euros without making use of any public subsidies. For the park, Roland Mack is the idea provider, its engine and creator ...

11 Oct 2019 Denmark: Artificial Ski Slope Copenhill Now Open in Copenhagen

The time is finally here, the Copenhill ski slope is now open to the public, the first artificial ski slope on the roof of a waste-to-energy plant (we reported on this in EAP 1/2019). The 400 meter long dry slope starts in a height of 90 metres on the roof of the futuristic building, which was designed by renowend architechture firm Bjarke&Ingels, and leads down to the ground ...

11 Oct 2019 Abu Dhabi: “Yas Bay“ Mixed-Use Complex Taking Shape on Yas Island

Miral Asset Management has announced that the construction of the new mixed-use complex Yas Bay on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island is making progress. The completion of the public realm and the infrastructure is expected for December 2019. The main focal point of Yas Bay The Waterfront, will include a pier with 37 cafés and restaurants, 19 retail outlets and a beach club. The Yas Bay ...

10 Oct 2019 UK: Blackpool Tower to Launch New VR Rollercoaster Experience

The 158 meter high Blackpool Tower is one of Blackpool’s most famous sights and with its current seven integrated entertainment offers (including the Blackpool Tower Dungeon and the Blackpool Tower Circus) it is drawing the crowds (cf. EAP 6/2011). In order to offer visitors new experiences, the fifth floor of the tower building was recently turned into a new entertainment ...

10 Oct 2019 Switzerland: New Weather Experience World Open at Säntis Peak

The new weather experience world “Säntis – Der Wetterberg“ (Eng: Säntis – the weather mountain) was recently opened in the mountain station on Säntis peak, at 2,502 meters above sea level. The interactive weather exhibition aims to give kids and adults an understanding of worldwide weather phenomena. The panorama circuit provides guests with a 360 degree overview of the Appenzeller ...

09 Oct 2019 Event Tip: “Sett“ Tourism Trade Show in Montpellier

From November 5th to 7th, 2019 the Montpellier Exhibition Center will host the tourism trade show “Sett” (Salon des équipements et techniques du tourisme), which is organized by the French hotel business association Fédération de L’Hôtellerie de Plein-Air. Over 600 companies will exhibit their products and services for the tourism and leisure industries, also addressing the operators ...

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