13 May 2020 IAAPA Writes to US Congressional Leadership on Behalf of Attractions Industry

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), headquartered in Orlando (FL), sent an official letter to leading policy makers of the United States Congress, appealing to support companies within the US leisure and attractions sector with several financial aid packages. IAAPA’s U.S. members employ over ...

13 May 2020 First Theme Parks Announce Concrete Reopening Dates

In Germany, more and more federal states permit theme parks to reopen for visitors in the next days/weeks (cf. EAP News of 7 May 2020). While the official requirements with regard to the hygiene and social distancing measures to be applied in leisure attractions have not yet been defined by the authorities, some parks have already announced concrete reopening dates ...

13 May 2020 USA: Hersheypark’s New Candymonium Coaster Completes First Test Run

Despite the forced closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania-based Hersheypark, which is dedicated to the US-American chocolate and sweet treat manufacturer Hershey‘s, sees the on-site construction work in its new“Chocolatetown“ themed area (cf. EAP news of 17 Jan 19) continue. This includes the further ...

12 May 2020 Belgium/Germany: Vulkoprin nv Signed Agreement to Purchase Vulkoprin Deutschland GmbH

The Belgium-based familiy business Vulkoprin nv, which designs and manufactures polyurethanes applications for the theme park industry, amongst other products, recently signed an agreement to purchase the longyear partner company Vulkoprin Deutschland GmbH, based in Minden/Germany, which sales technical wheels ...

12 May 2020 Germany: Wibit Develops “BeachCocoon“ for Keeping the Distance at the Beach

In response to the global COVID 19 crisis, the German company Wibit, which is known in the leisure industry for its inflatable water park structures, has developed the “BeachCocoon”: a three-by-three-meter large beach cabin, which is designed to facilitate social distancing measures on the beach. The inflatable, easily stowable beach cabin offers space ...

11 May 2020 Belgium: BoldMove Launches New “Smash & Reload“ Dark Ride Concept

As part of its “Rogue Rides“ range, the newly established BoldMove concept planning & attraction development company (cf. EAP news of 16 Apr 2020) recently introduced its first dark ride concept “Smash & Reload“. As a fully weatherproof system, it can be operated as a stand-alone attraction all year round, but is also suitable for leisure ...

11 May 2020 Spain/Oman: Amusement Logic Develops New Waterpark Project

In order to create an economic income in Oman alongside the country’s main income, the export of oil and gas, a large number of profitable new projects are being developed in the country on the Persian Gulf. One of these major projects is a 1.5 square kilometers large leisure and tourism area near the capital Muscat. The Spanish ...

08 May 2020 Germany: CV Entertainment Launches New Crowd- & Queue-Management Software “AliudQ“

Founded in 2017, Germany’s CV Entertainment company, which is specialized in concept development, props and special effects for attractions, has launched “AliudQ”, a new software and app to support leisure attractions with crowd and queue management ...

08 May 2020 GB: Picsolve Applies the Emergency Brake

Due to the still lasting lockdown of leisure facilities and attractions, Picsolve, the British provider of digital photography solutions for theme parks and attractions, entered an unprecedented situation with significant cash pressure. Most of the company’s approx. 160 permanent staff and over 450 seasonal and casual workers had been furloughed ...

07 May 2020 Germany: Most Zoos and Animal Parks Are Welcoming Guests Again

Almost all German federal states have given “green light” for the reopening of zoological gardens; Bavaria permits the opening of animal parks as of 11th May next week. A general condition for zoos to reopen is the implementation of strict hygiene and social distancing measures, which in most cases include the online booking of tickets ...

07 May 2020 German Federal States Decide on First Possible Reopening Dates for Theme Parks & Leisure Pools

Following yesterday’s ministerial conference of all 16 German federal states on a possible loosening of the currently valid corona protection measures, it is now up to the individual German states to develop and implement step-by-step plans to reopen the different economic sectors.In some cases, there are possible reopening dates announced for ...

06 May 2020 China: Shanghai Disneyland to Reopen for Visitors on 11th May

Following the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic in China at the end of last year and the subsequent restrictions on public life since January, some tourist and leisure attractions have recently resumed operations in compliance with China’s social distancing and hygiene measures ...

06 May 2020 GB: accesso Appoints Fern MacDonald New CFO & Board Member

British technology solutions provider accesso, located with offices worldwide, has announced the appointment of Fern MacDonald (photo) as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer. She will also join the Board of accesso, effective immediately.MacDonald has served as ...

05 May 2020 Australia: Extraordinary Under Water Museum under Development in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

With the Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA), a new and unique sculpture park dedicated to the promotion of coral protection and conservation is currently under development in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park offshore Australia. The concept for the attraction, which will mainly comprise underwater installations and will thus offer a unique experience especially for ...

04 May 2020 Italy: Grand Opening of New LEGOLAND Water Park Gardaland Postponed to 2021

The grand opening of the new LEGOLAND Water Park, which is set to expand Merlin Entertainments’ Gardaland Resort in Castelnuovo (Italy) in the future, has been postponed to 2021, due to the worldwide Corona pandemic and social distancing measures. Originally, the opening was scheduled to take place on 28th May this year ...

30 Apr 2020 UAE: Louvre Abu Dhabi Expands Digital Offer

In order to continue to give interested parties the opportunity to marvel at the art treasures of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the museum has further developed its digital offer including virtual tours, video and audio clips. For example, a 360-degree tour through the current special exhibition “Furusiyya: The Art of Chivalry between ...

30 Apr 2020 Germany: Takeover Saves Bottrop-based Scary Labyrinth

The Grusellabyrinth Bottrop (scary labyrinth), which is located in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia region, faced the permanent closure because of the bankruptcy of its former operator Grusellabyrinth GmbH has now been averted by the takeover of the facility by Erlebniswelt Grusel GmbH, a 100 percent subsidiary of the live ...

29 Apr 2020 Germany: Dr. Klaus Lipinsky passed away

Dr. Klaus Lipinsky is dead. On April 22, 2020, the managing owner of the Preventus Zukunftsmanagement Gesellschaft in Berlin passed away at the age of 69 after a brief illness. Lipinsky, who had previously been CEO of the Berliner Bäder-Betriebe for twelve years until 2013 and thus managed Europe's largest ...

29 Apr 2020 Austria Permits Reopening of Public Pools from the End of May

After more than seven weeks of strict corona protection measures, Austria – like other European countries – has now decided on first relaxations of the regulations. As of mid-May, restaurants and hotels will be allowed to reopen, and as of May 29th, public pools can operate again. To reduce the risk of possible virus infections, social distancing rules will continue ...

29 Apr 2020 Germany: Andrea Nestle Appointed New General Manager of Center Parcs Park Allgäu

Effective on May 1st, Andrea Nestle takes over as General Manager of Germany’s largest Center Parcs park, which is located in Leutkirch in the Allgäu region. She succeeds former GM Christoph Muth, who has been managing the park since September 2017. Nestle, who started her career in the hotel business and is specialized ...

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