28 Apr 2020 European Waterpark Association Appeals to European Governments to Support Pool Operations with Aid Packages

Today, the European Waterpark Association (EWA) has sent an official appeal to the governments of the European states, calling for aid packages to support the waterpark industry during the current COVID-19 crisis. This initiative follows the association’s two-stage plan for the reopening of leisure pool operations issued two weeks ago ...

28 Apr 2020 Canada/Turkey: WhiteWater Announces Manufacturing Partnership with Polmar

Canada’s WhiteWater West announces a manufacturing partnership with Polmar, which will see the Turkish company produce fiberglass water slides for WhiteWater’s global projects. Polmar’s parent company, Polkima, is known for complex molded composite parts for car brands such as Volvo and Mercedes. WhiteWater, who also produce fiberglass from ...

27 Apr 2020 USA: Carnival Corporation Appoints Jeffrey J. Gearhart as New Member of Board of Directors

The US-American travel conglomerate Carnival Corporation & plc, subsidiaries of which include cruise line fleets such as Carnival Cruise Line and Aida Cruises amongst others, recently announced the appointment of Jeffrey J. Gearhart as a new member of the company’s board of directors, effective ...

27 Apr 2020 Germany: holoride Presents New Advisory Board

Munich-based holoride company, which is specialized in the development of “in-vehicle entertainment“ in form of VR content for car passengers (who can put on a VR headset to immerse into virtual worlds during the car ride), recently introduced its new advisory board. Founded in 2018, the company, the minority ...

25 Apr 2020 New Online Seminar Sessions for Manufacturers & Suppliers in the Leisure Industry

In order to offer the manufacturing companies and suppliers of the attractions business support in facing the “new normal” and adjusting their businesses as a result of the unprecedented COVID-19 around the world, the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA) will be hosting two online seminars open to all interested member parties ...

24 Apr 2020 AquaMagis Indoor Pool Changes Investments Planning Due to Corona Crisis – New “Kamikaze Slide“ Will Be Postponed

Here too, at the AquaMagis indoor pool in Plettenberg, Germany, operations are standing still – and unfortunately not without any consequences. Due to the current restrictions for pool facilities by the German government (status today) pools are not allowed to open to the public until at least August 31st 2020. Two thirds of AquaMagis‘ ...

24 Apr 2020 Dubai: New Date for World Expo Dubai

Restrictions to prevent the spread of the corona virus are currently present around the world – this is not without consequences for the planning of the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, which was scheduled to start on October 20th, 2020. According to the organization, many countries have already expressed their wish to postpone the six-month exhibition ...

24 Apr 2020 Singapore: Embed Card Initiates Technological Support for Social Distancing in Leisure Facilities

Embed, one of the leading providers of cashless management systems for the entertainment and leisure industry with offices located around the world, is launching the “Embed COVID-19 Relief Act“ as its own technology-based support program for leisure facilities which need to develop strategies for maintaining social distancing between their guests once their ...

23 Apr 2020 USA: Themed Entertainment Association Reschedules Thea Awards Gala to July

Since 1994, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) has been presenting the annual “Thea Awards“, honouring companies and personalities of the international leisure industry. This year’s “Thea Awards Gala“ event with the subsequent two-day “TEA Summit“ (original date April 16th to 18th) had to be ...

22 Apr 2020 Canada: Vantage Offers Contact Tracing Solutions During COVID-19 Pandemic

Vantage, the technology platform launched by Canadian slide manufacturer WhiteWater West in 2018, enables operators of water parks and other leisure facilities to collect real-time data on their guests through the use of intelligent wristbands and evaluate the information in order to further optimize the visitor experience. Now the company offers ...

22 Apr 2020 German Leisure Park & Attraction Entrepreneurs Go on the Offensive

The German Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (VDFU) is currently developing a comprehensive catalogue of measures together with an external team of experts (consisting of tourism policy advisors and recognized virologists) for an early reopening of leisure facilities in the country. This catalogue will describe different scenarios for a gradual reopening ...

22 Apr 2020 GB: Holovis Develops ”Crowd Solo“ Social Distancing App for Optimized Visitor Flow Management at Leisure Facilities

The British technology company Holovis has developed “Crowd Solo”, a social distancing app which, by means of real-time person tracking, is designed to be a useful tool for operators of leisure parks and attractions to better monitor and control the flow of visitors in their facilities when they reopen in the wake of Covid-19. When visiting a leisure destination, guests ...

21 Apr 2020 European Waterpark Association Addresses Bavarian Minister-President with Open Letter

In response to the considerations of Bavaria’s Minister-President Dr. Markus Söder to reopen public bathing places such as lakes in the course of the relaxation of Covid-19 protection measures, the European Waterpark Association (EWA) just released a statement in the form of an open letter. In the appeal addressed to Dr. Söder, EWA Managing Director Dr. Klaus Batz explains ...

21 Apr 2020 USA: Legacy Entertainment Projects in Asia Receive Awards

Legacy Entertainment from California is one of the world’s leading companies for theme park design and production. Many of its projects are realized in Asia, where the leisure industry saw a strong boom in recent years. Recently a number of facilities realized by Legacy Entertainment received several awards: As part of the Macau ...

20 Apr 2020 Germany: Three Federal States Allow the Re-Opening of Zoos under Restrictions as of Today

After the initial easing of pandemic measures by German politics, individual German states have now decided to allow zoos and animal parks to reopen under restrictions as of today (April 20th). The permit is valid for zoo operations in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schleswig-Holstein and Rhineland-Palatinate and is subject to the condition that compliance with ...

17 Apr 2020 Germany: Safari Ride Through Experience at Safariland Stukenbrock Re-Opens

During the past couple of weeks, the management of Safariland Stukenbrock, an animal and theme park located in Germany’s East-Westphalian region, worked closely together with the federal state’s authorities and government to develop a concept for a partly re-opening of the park. The permission to open the ride through safari ...

17 Apr 2020 USA: Walt Disney Company Board Elects Bob Chapek New Board Member

Bob Chapek, who succeeded Robert (Bob) A. Iger in the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the World Disney Company at the end of February (cf. EAP news of 26 Feb 2020), was now also elected to the company‘s board of directors. “Bob Chapek has demonstrated remarkable leadership in the face of unprecedented challenges that ...

16 Apr 2020 Belgium: Benoit Cornet Launches BoldMove Company

Benoit Cornet, founder and former CEO of Alterface, has launched BoldMove, a new concept planning firm and manufacturer network that aims to help leisure facilities to develop efficient and exciting digital attractions. BoldMove will draw on the expertise of a diverse network of manufacturers in order to create unique visitor experiences tailored ...

16 Apr 2020 WAZA Appoints Dr. Martín Zordan as New CEO

Effective immediately, Dr. Martín Zordan takes over as new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). The veterinarian, who has a professional backround in science and animal conservation, culminating his work as Executive Director of the Latin American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (ALPZA) ...

15 Apr 2020 Germany: New Management at Hagenbeck Zoo

Hamburg’s Hagenbeck Zoo (G.: Tierpark Hagenbeck) has a new management: With immediate effect, Dr. Dirk Albrecht and Ludger Patt take over as CEOs of the zoo, which was founded in 1907 by Carl Hagenbeck sen. as an “animal park with open enclosures”. The new Managing Directors – the first non-family members at the helm of the park ...