14 Nov 2019 USA: New Norwegian Encore Cruise Ship Set Sail with Two-Storey Karting Track

Earlier this month, the newest ship in the fleet of US-based Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) company, the “Norwegian Encore”, set sail for its maiden voyage – from Europe, the new giant vessel crossed the Atlantic ocean towards the US east coast, from where the ship currently travels to the nearby Caribbean and Bermuda. The cruise ship, which was constructed in Germany’s Meyer Werft ...

13 Nov 2019 New VR Experience “Jumanji: Reverse the Curse“ Created By The VOID and Sony

Together The VOID, one of the business-leading companies for VR attractions for commercial locations, and Sony Pictures Virtual Reality created the new VR experience “Jumanji: Reverse the Curse“. The new immersive game is related to the upcoming Hollywood movie “Jumanji: The Next Level“, which is the sequel to 2017 “Jumanji: Welcome to the Djungle“, coming to the the- ...

13 Nov 2019 France: 3rd VIRTUALITY Trade Show for New Technologies in the Entertainment Sector in Paris Next Week

From Nov 21st to 23rd next week, the CINTQUATRE-PARIS cultural center will host the third edition of the VIRTUALITY trade show, the marketplace for new, immersive technologies in the entertainment sector. During the three-day event, visitors to the show will be able to discover state-of-the-art solutions in the fields of Augmented & Virtual Reality (AR & VR), immersive technologies ...

12 Nov 2019 Germany: Badewelt Sinsheim Offers New VR Experience

VR is everywhere! Opened in 2012 (cp. EAP 2/2013), Germany’s Thermen & Badewelt Sinsheim, whose offer is primarily focused on wellness and bathing fun, now offers its guests fun and thrills with a new virtual reality experience. Until the end of this year, guests can try out the new attraction, which is housed in a mirror cube located adjacent to the thermal spa complex’ outdoor pool. Visitors ...

12 Nov 2019 Germany: Foundation Stone Ceremony Held at Horner Bad Bremen

After a planning phase of four years and the demolition of the old pool structures in 2018, Horner Bad (Bremen, Germany) recently celebrated its foundation stone ceremony. Plans for the new outdoor pool area were already made official in 2016 (cf. EAP news 25 Oct 2016). The new outdoor structures will feature a sunbathing area with a beach volleyball field, a mud play area, a ...

11 Nov 2019 USA: Sergio D. Rivera Takes Over as New CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment

After the announcement of different changes on management level this past August, SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. appointed Sergio (Serge) D. Rivera to new Chief Executive Officer of the company and member of the Board of Directors, effective today. He takes over the position from Interim CEO Marc Swanson, who will return to his former role as ...

11 Nov 2019 Saudi Arabia: Brian Machamer Appointed Park President of Six Flags Qiddiya

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation recently announced the appointment of Brian Machamer to future park president of the new Six Flags Qiddiya theme park in Saudi Arabia (cf. EAP news 27 Aug 2019), which is currently under construction and will open to visitors in 2023. With over 25 years of professional experience in the leisure business, Manchamer is an industry veteran ...

08 Nov 2019 Expansion Plans for Puy du Fou in China Take Shape

Already for some years now, the Puy du Fou inventors have had in mind to establish their successful show and park concept on an international level – for this purpose, the company Puy du Fou International was founded. Its first production, the evening show “Kynren”, was launched in the UK in 2016. A further nighttime spectacle, this time on ...

08 Nov 2019 France: EuropaCity Project Near Paris Ultimately Failed

The ambitious multi-billion mega leisure project EuropaCity, which was planned to be created in the Val d’Oise department, approx. 15 km northeast of Paris, has now finally failed after the French government, which was previously considered a supporter of the project, officially withdrew from it yesterday. Instead, the French government prefers the development of an alternative ...

07 Nov 2019 USA: Animax Designs Presents New Technical Design Team

The US-american animatronics manufacturer Animax Designs just announced personnel changes. To establish the company in the leisure and entertainment business even more, Animax now created “Technical Design Team“, which will overlook the technical design and production. Chris Lee was hired to be the Director of Technical Design. “It’s the combination of ...

06 Nov 2019 China: Merlin Entertainment Reveals Plans for LEGOLAND® Shanghai Resort

Merlin Entertainments never sleeps. Following the announcment of the development LEGOLAND® Sichuan Resort at the end of September (cf. EAP news 27. Sep 2019), Merlin today announced the creation of LEGOLAND Shanghai Resort. The second LEGO® resort for China will be one the largest in the world and will open including a 250-room fully themed hotel. To fund the development and the construction ...

06 Nov 2019 Germany: Hamburg’s Holthusenbad Sauna Receives Premium Seal of Quality

The Deutsche Sauna-Bund e.V. (German Sauna Association) recently awarded the sauna of Hamburg’s Holthusenbad with a 5-star certification for its quality, diversity and service. The 105-year-old pool facility provides guests with extensive sauna and wellness offerings in a golden twenties design. In 2018 the sauna of the Bäderland Festland indoor pool, which is also ...

05 Nov 2019 Spain: Green Light for Major intu Costa del Sol Project

The British company intu, which owns and operates numerous shopping centers in the UK and Spain, has just received the green light for its newest major leisure and entertainment project. The new intu Costa del Sol leisure destination will be developed on a ground of 23,5 hectares north of Torremolinos (southern Spain) and will be separated in eight different neighbourhoods ...

05 Nov 2019 Germany: Trade Fair Duo “FSB & aquanale“ Kicks Off in Cologne

Today sees the start of the 26th edition of the established trade fair duo FSB (International Trade Show for Public Space, Sports and Leisure Facilities) and aquanale (Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool, Ambience) in Cologne, Germany. In a total of four exhibition halls, approx. 620 companies will exhibit at FSB, while another 320 exhibitors will be represented with a stand at the aquanale ...

04 Nov 2019 Germany: Tripsdrill Erlebnispark Reveals Plans for Two New Coasters Coming in 2020

Germany’s Tripsdrill Erlebnispark, which is operated by the Fischer family and is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year (EAP issue 5/2019), just confirmed the rumors about two new rollercoasters opening in 2020. A new family coaster type “Family Boomerang“ will provide family fun on a track length of 500 meters and a top speed of up to 60 km/h. The coaster, which ...

04 Nov 2019 New “Elysium“ Indoor Water Park Project Planned for the South of England

Elysium Water Park is the name of a planned new indoor water park to be developed near the British coastal resort town of Bournemouth in southern England, according to a detailed concept compiled by the initiator Costa Acodrinesei. The water park, the realization of which is subject to funding and building permission, is foreseen for a 13-hectare large property located close to ...

31 Oct 2019 Austria: Dr. Stephan Hering-Hagenbeck Appointed New Zoo Director of Vienna Zoo

Dr. Stephan Hering-Hagenbeck, former zoo director of Tierpark Hagenbeck (Hamburg, Germany), has been appointend new zoo director of Tiergarten Schönbrunn (Vienna Zoo, Austria). He will succeed current director Dagmar Schratter, who will retire after 13 years in her position, as of January 1st, 2020. Schratter, who strongly contributed to the modernization of the zoo facilities and turned ...

31 Oct 2019 Abu Dhabi: Opening of New CLYMB™ Sports Attraction on Yas Island Announced for November

Miral Asset Management just announced the opening date of its related new climbing facility CLYMB™ on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, the touristic development of which is making good progress according, to the company‘s announcement earlier this month (cf. EAP news f. 11 Oct 2019). The new sport and leisure attraction will be open to climbers and skydivers as of 29 November this ...

30 Oct 2019 Saudi Arabia: Milestone MoU Signed by Qiddiya Investment Company and Samsung C&T

Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) and South Korea-based technology company Samsung C&T just agreed on a collaboration for numerous areas in the new developing Qiddiya leisure and entertainment destination in Saudi Arabia. Both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which declares Samsung as partner for the design, engineering and construction of a new sport complex of Qiddiya ...

29 Oct 2019 The VOID Wins Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield & Lupa Systems as Strategic Investors

The VOID, the US-based provider of virtual- and hyper-reality experiences, has recently announced to have welcomed French Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) real estate and investment group and New York City- and Mumbai-based Lupa Systems private investment firm (founded by James Murdoch) as new investors to the company. Both provide a minority investment, enabling the VOID to scale ...