05 May 2009 Bottrop-Kirchhellen/Germany: Movie Park Courts Guests from the Netherlands

Last year 220,000 people from the Netherlands visited the Movie Park – that’s more than 20 percent of all visitors, as the “WAZ” announced shortly after the start of the season ...

04 May 2009 Six Flags/USA: Six Flags Stock Delisted on New York Stock Exchange

As mentioned a number of times in past issues of our newsletter, the NYSE had been threatening to delist the Six Flags stock for months already ...

16 Apr 2009 Cottbus: “Lagune” water park insolvent

The private operator of the water park “Lagune” in Cottbus has ...

14 Apr 2009 Papenburg: Start of building for two new Disney Cruise Line ships

At the beginning of March work began on two new Disney cruise liners at the Meyer shipyard in Papenburg. The two ocean liners should be completed in 2011 and 2012 ...

11 Apr 2009 Myrtle Beach / USA: new owner for insolvent Hard Rock Park

The Park which cost $400 million to set up, and was opened in March 2008 only to become insolvent 5 months later, will be sold to FPI MB Entertainment for $25 million ...

07 Apr 2009 Connyland / Switzerland: The rollercoaster is coming… finally

After a two year delay and much toing and froing, the rollercoaster from the Russian manufacturer Pax will finally be delivered and constructed ...

05 Apr 2009 Brand: “Tropical Islands” with a profit

Years of hard work have paid off: Ole Bested Hensing, manager of the “Tropical Islands”, is pleased with the unexpected influx of visitors and a successfully completed business year ...

03 Apr 2009 Efteling: Year-Round Operation in the Future

The well-known Dutch amusement park Efteling plans on staying open all year round in the future ...

02 Apr 2009 Salzburg /Austria: No water park after all?

The town of Salzburg planned a new facility in the area of Liefering (we have already reported in the print edition), instead of the traditional “Paracelsusbad” in the town centre. €50 million should have been invested in the new and attractive facility! ...

31 Mar 2009 Austria: Vamed Vitality World Draws a Balance

With a market share of roughly 24 percent, Vamed Vitality World, the number one Austrian thermal spa operator, recently drew a balance. Vamed was able to note an increase of three percent last year ...

24 Mar 2009 Fildorado (Near Stuttgart): 600,000 Visitors

This past year was the most successful year ever for the sport and swimming facility Fildorado in Filderstadt since it reopened around three years ago ...

23 Mar 2009 Sandusky / USA: Cedar Fair – where does the road lead?

Several things attracted attention: on the one hand the company settled in Sandusky/Ohio has hired a top quality partner in Merrill Lynch, in order to reduce the debts of the company by around $200 million through sales in the next three years ...

22 Mar 2009 New York / USA: Is Six Flags being threatened with insolvency?

Dramatic worsening of the future of the Six Flags group: the reason is the payment of $300 million to the owners ...

21 Mar 2009 Dubai: Postponements of More Than Just the Busch Entertainment Project

Busch Entertainment and its investment partner Nakheel announced in early February that their collaborative, thoroughly ambitious project in Dubai, the “Worlds of Discovery”, has been “pigeonholed” for at least another year ...

17 Mar 2009 Keukenhof / Netherlands: Anniversary Show Starts in Mid-March

Keukenhof is opening its doors for the 60th international flower show on the 18th of March 2009 ...

15 Mar 2009 Disney: Significant Decline in Profits

The Disney Corporation (amusement parks, TV station and film studios) suffered a massive collapse in profits over the last quarter due to the global financial crisis ...

11 Mar 2009 Playmobil in a (Sales Volume) Record-Breaking Mood!

Germany’s largest toy manufacturer attained its eighth turnover record in a row in 2008 ...

04 Mar 2009 BAT Leisure Research Institute: Dr Ulrich Reinhardt Takes Over Direction of Tourism Research

On 4 February 2009, Professor Dr Horst W. Opaschowski (68) informed the trade public of the results of the 25th tourism analysis before handing over the academic direction of tourism research to Dr Ulrich Reinhardt ...

27 Feb 2009 German Federal Cross of Merit for Werner Stengel

In October last year, Werner Stengel, the uncrowned “rollercoaster king”, was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit by German President Horst Köhler upon nomination by the Bavarian prime minister and at the initiative of Wolfgang Schneider (Holiday Park) ...

18 Feb 2009 Efteling Invests Around 40 Million Euros

Efteling, the largest Dutch family amusement park, is planning some ambitious investments over the next few years: 40 million euros are to be invested in the construction of three different projects, ...