31 Mar 2021 GB/China: Scruffy Dog Appoints Sean Cai New General Manager Asia

British entertainment design company Scruffy Dog has recently announced the appointment of Sean Cai as new General Manager – Asia. Cai has comprehensive experience in the leisure and attractions industry, thanks to – amongst other professional roles – his Managing Director position at KCC Entertainment ...

30 Mar 2021 Germany: “The Smurf Experience” Reopens Today

As of today, fans of “The Smurfs” are again able to experience the interactive “The Smurf Experience” exhibition located in the EXPOHALLE at the CentrO shopping complex in Oberhausen. The updated Corona protection measures effective since March 29 in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the general decree of the city of Oberhausen allow for ...

30 Mar 2021 GB/USA: Electrosonic Group Appoints Lori Cross Non-Executive Chair of the Board

Electrosonic Group, which is specialized in audiovisual and technology solutions for the international leisure industry, has appointed its long-serving Board Member Lori Cross (photo) as Non-Executive Chair of the Board to fast-track the company's transformation and expansion strategy. She will take over the position from Steve Leyland ...

29 Mar 2021 Germany: Movie Park Germany Focuses on Sustainability and Receives “ÖKOPROFIT“ Certification

Movie Park Germany aims at making its operations more sustainable and environmentally friendly, and had thus joined the “ÖKOPROFIT“ initiative, which was conceived in Austria and has since been organized internationally, in September 2019. After successfully completing several workshops ...

29 Mar 2021 Abu Dhabi/UAE: Facial Recognition System to Enable Contactless Visitor Experiences at Yas Island Attractions

As part of the digital transformation strategy that developer Miral is rolling out across Yas Island on the island’s way to become a contactless leisure destination (cf. EAP news of 13 Sept 2018), all Yas theme parks are now to be equipped with state-of-the-art facial recognition technology in order to optimize their ...

27 Mar 2021 Spain: ¡Arriba el Telón! – Puy du Fou España Opens Its Gates & Premieres Four Spectacular Daytime Shows

After several years of planning and construction and the successful premiere of the evening show "El Sueño de Toledo" in summer 2019, the "Gran Parque" Puy du Fou España finally opens its gates today, letting visitors embark on a journey through Spanish history with four spectacular daytime shows and four historic themed villages ...

27 Mar 2021 Denmark: Start of the Season in Tivoli – Several Novelties Await Guests over the Year

Today, Tivoli amusement park in Denmark’s capital Copenhagen will welcome back its guests starting into the 2021 summer season. For the current Easter period, the park was decorated with flowering daffodils, colorful Easter eggs and lambs. Tivoli CEO Susanne Mørch Koch says: "Throughout Covid-19, Tivoli's goal ...

26 Mar 2021 USA: A Ray of Hope for Californian Theme Parks – Gradual Reopening Permitted from April 1st

For the international leisure and attractions industry, the past twelve months have literally been like a roller coaster ride with ups and downs: In most parts of the world, facilities had to shut down completely at the beginning of the pandemic, but were subsequently allowed to reopen for a few months under ...

25 Mar 2021 Germany: Raeder-Vogel Concludes Conversion Measures at Production Facility Plant 2

The Hamburg-based manufacturer Raeder-Vogel, who is specialized in the production of wheels, castors and wheel tread materials, started conversion measures at its production facility “Plant 2” in January 2019 in order to be able to meet a steadily increasing demand. Since the beginning of 2021 construction works ...

24 Mar 2021 Germany: A Strawberry Experience On Hand – Karls Launches New App

During the past months, Karls expanded its digital offerings related to its strawberry experience worlds with live events, which are streamed via the company’s homepage and social media channels. Now Karls combines these offerings and launched the new free Karls-App, which can be downloaded from any common ...

24 Mar 2021 Japan: teamLab Opens Unique Sauna Experience

The international art collective teamLab, which is known for its digital exhibition experiences such as the Mori Building Digital Art Museum (cf. EAP 1/2020), has just opened another unique visitor experience called “teamLab & TikTok, teamLab Reconnect: Art with Rinkan Sauna Roppongi” in Tokyo this past Monday, ...

23 Mar 2021 Disney Cruise Line Expands Cruise Offerings – Disney Wish Still on Time

Disney Cruise Line, the cruise ship and travel segment of the Disney company, recently announced new destinations for the 2022 season despite the fact that travel restrictions are still mandated. But the company is optimistic that cruises will be possible again in the near future: “While we prepare for a return to sea ...

23 Mar 2021 Merlin Confirms: Potential LEGOLAND Resort Planned for Belgium

Last Friday, Merlin Entertainments (Merlin) officially announced their intention to expand their presence in Europe and specifically in the Benelux/Northern France region, and thus to be looking for a site for the potential creation of a LEGOLAND resort in Belgium. Accordingly, the British operating group, in cooperation with the Walloon public investment ...

22 Mar 2021 GB: Jamie Christon Promoted New Chester Zoo CEO

Jamie Christon, who most recently held the position as Chief Operating Officer at Britain`s Chester Zoo, recently took over as the new CEO of the zoological institution and popular visitor attraction. His responsibilities include to lead the zoo’s Covid-19 recovery strategy in order to ensure safe zoo operations for ...

22 Mar 2021 USA: Creative Works and MajorMega Announce Strategic Partnership

The Pennsylvania-based provider of VR gaming attractions, MajorMega, and Creative Works from Indiana recently announced their strategic partnership. Creative Works will support the distribution of MajorMega’s VR solutions in the North American market as exclusive distributor. “We recognize the need to ...

19 Mar 2021 Germany: interbad 2021 to Combine In-Person Trade Show Event with Digital Program

The interbad show, the international trade fair for swimming pools, saunas and spas, will take place from September 21th to 24th this year as an in-person event in the halls of Messe Stuttgart, and will in addition offer a comprehensive digital trade show program. The online offer will address international trade ...

19 Mar 2021 USA: 150 Years of Cedar Point & other 2021 Cedar Fair Novelties

The US operator group Cedar Fair Entertainment is also currently preparing for a start into the 2021 season at its total of 13 amusement parks in the US and Canada. “Our primary goal for the 2021 season is to fully reopen all of our properties and provide our guests with fun, dynamic and memorable ...

18 Mar 2021 Japan: Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan Opens Today

After a previous soft opening phase the new ”Super Nintendo World” themed area officially opens today at Universal Studios Japan. The multi-level experience area is dedicated entirely to the colorful world of the famous Nintendo games about “Super Mario” and his friends. Visitors will have the opportunity to ...

18 Mar 2021 Germany: Spree Interactive Launches New “Cyber Blaster“ VR Game for Bumper Car Attractions

Germany’s Spree Interactive specialist company for free-roaming Virtual Reality attractions, who had realized the “Steampunk VR Scooter“ VR bumper car attraction at Schloss Thurn in 2019 (in cooperation with VR Coaster), now introduces a new VR game for bumper car systems into the market. “Cyber Blaster“ is the name of the new application, which immerses ...

17 Mar 2021 USA: Rowdy Bear Ridge Adventure Park Opened World's First CoasterKart Attraction

Visitors to the Rowdy Bear Ridge Adventure Park in Pigeon Forge (Tennessee), which is owned and managed by Lisa and Mark Williford, are now able to experience the new CoasterKart, the world’s first installation of this attraction type developed ...

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