14 May 2021 USA: Hersheypark Celebrates 115th Season

With the official season kick-off on April 30, Pennsylvania’s Hersheypark welcomed the first guests in its anniversary season 2021 – this year, the amusement park owned by the Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company and themed after Hershey sweets and chocolates celebrates its 115th anniversary. During ...

14 May 2021 GB: Long Running Ice Show Returns to BPB for Summer 2021 as Euphoria

Since 1936, the “Hot Ice Show”, then “Ice Parades”, has been a central part of the entertainment offering at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (BPB). The ice show, which is held at the “Pleasure Beach Arena” (formerly “Ice Drome”), is one of the longest-running ice shows in the world, according to its own statement. ...

13 May 2021 Free Webinar on Risk Assessment – a Step-by-Step Introduction

On 27 May, engineering professionals and aspiring engineers are invited to participate in a free webinar on the topic of risk assessment for amusement rides. “How to conduct a Risk Assessment” is hosted by Advantis and conducted by CEO Philipp Geering (photo) as speaker. Participants will receive a step-by-step introduction into the current industry standard requirements ...

13 May 2021 Australia: Dreamworld Plans Multi-Million-Dollar-Investment Into Accommodation Offering

The Australian Dreamworld theme park, which is operated by Ardent Leisure, released first details about a currently still non-binding agreement it has entered into with the accommodation developer Evolution Group to set-up plans for the park’s future expansion into a resort destination. 75 million Australian Dollar are the estimated investment volume ...

12 May 2021 Center Parcs Europe Plans to Open First Holiday Park in Denmark

The holiday park chain Center Parcs Europe continues to expand. After only recently achieving a further step in the project on the German Baltic coast (cf. EAP news of 13 Apr 2021), the provider now announces its first location for Scandinavia. In Nordborg on the southern Danish island of Als, a holiday park ...

12 May 2021 Belgium: Michel Commerman Appointed Technical Operations Director at BoldMove Nation

As recently announced, Michel Commerman, who supported BoldMove Nation during the start-up phase in terms of technical planning and layout creation for dark rides and themed FEC concepts, will now be a permanent part of the young creative company, which is managed by Benoit Cornet and Anja D’Hondt ...

11 May 2021 Postponed: New Dates Announced for IAAPA EMEA Spring Summit in Belgium

New dates have been announced for the IAAPA EMEA Spring Summit event, organized by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) in Belgium this year: it is now scheduled to take place from 29 June to 1 July. During the three-day event, participants will visit Bellewaerde, Pairi Daiza, Plopsaland De Panne and Walibi Belgium ...

11 May 2021 Germany: European Waterpark Association Sees Water Parks & Leisure Pools between Joy and Frustration

After the Klutensee-Bad in Luedinghausen became the first leisure pool in Germany to resume its operations yesterday – read our news here – water parks and leisure pools in four federal states of the country (Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein, Saxony & Saxony-Anhalt) are also preparing for a reopening, being located in model regions for cautious eases of current restrictions ...

11 May 2021 Jordan/UAE: Farah Experiences to Operate New Saraya Aqaba Waterpark in Jordan

The Saraya Aqaba Waterpark, which is currently under development in the port city of Aqaba in Jordan, will be operated by Farah Experiences, an entity of Miral Asset Management. The Jordanian development company behind the water park project, Eagle Hills Jordan, has chosen the Abu Dhabi (UAE)-based company, which also operates ...

10 May 2021 USA: SeaWorld Entertainment Appoints Marc Swanson CEO & Presents Q1 2021 Results

Recently, the US operator group SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. announced its results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 and in that course also the appointment of Marc Swanson as CEO with immediate effect. Swanson has been serving as interim CEO again since early 2020 when ...

10 May 2021 Germany: Klutensee Bathing Complex Reopens for Operation

There are finally positive prospects for the bathing complexes, thermal spas and waterparks in Germany, too! Based on the model project funded by the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the general regulation issued by the Coesfeld district, the Klutensee-Bad in Lüdinghausen reopens for operations as ...

10 May 2021 Germany: Hannover Adventure Zoo and City of Hannover Present Idea Sketch for “Forest Experience World”

In order to turn the 640-hectare Eilenriede urban forest of Hannover into a close-to-nature experience, Hannover Adventure Zoo and the city of Hannover presented a first idea sketch for the development of a “Forest Experience World”. The concept includes a forest-friendly treetop path in combination with an indoor ...

08 May 2021 France: Snelac Comments on the Current Covid-19 Restrictions Easing and Reopening Plan of the Government

After the French government published a multi-stage plan last week for easing the Covid-19 restrictions in the country – which, however, left open when exactly amusement parks, zoos and water parks will be allowed to reopen (cf. EAP news of 29 April and 4 May 2021) – the French association of leisure and culture businesses, the Snelac (Syndicat National des Espaces de Loisirs, d’Attractions et Culturels), ...

07 May 2021 Germany: Miniatur Wunderland and MackNeXT Team Up for Joint Project

When creative minds come together, innovative ideas usually emerge. When they are also very successful family business owners whose gift for constantly reinventing themselves is part of their DNA, a joint project also promises to become a great success. We’re talking about Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany, which welcomes over 1.4 million visitors p.a., and MackNeXT, the technology company founded by Michael Mack, a subsidiary of the Mack International group. ...

07 May 2021 Germany: On “Strawberry Safari“ in Karls Erlebnis-Dorf Rövershagen with the New Stella Green Express

In addition to the new “Majas wilde Schwestern“ (Eng.: “Maya’s Wild Sisters“) Sky Fly attraction by Gerstlauer, visitors to Karls Erlebnis-Dorf Rövershagen can also look forward to going on a “strawberry safari“ with the new “Stella Green Express“ – a solar-powered railway ...

07 May 2021 +++ ProfessionalJobs: Current Vacancies in the Leisure Industry +++

You are a professional in the leisure industry or a career changer from another sector and looking for a new challenge? Then you will find current job offers from organisations specialized in the leisure & attractions business here in our ProfessionalJobs section. Send your application documents to the specified contacts today! ...

06 May 2021 USA: Knott’s Berry Farm Welcomes Season Passholders As of Today

After a year-long closure due to the Corona pandemic and the strict visitor restrictions especially in the US state of California, Knott’s Berry Farm, which belongs to the Cedar Fair Group, is now looking forward to welcoming season passholders as its guests again starting today. As of May 21, the park will be open to other visitors ...

06 May 2021 USA/Brazil: Storyland Studios to Design New Location-Based Entertainment Concepts for Grupo Cataratas

The design and production company Storyland Studios, which operates offices in California, London and Hong Kong, recently announced that it will develop numerous new location-based entertainment destinations for Grupo Cataratas, one of the largest tourism operators in South America and headquartered in ...

05 May 2021 Germany: New ZooExpress at Rostock Zoo Offers Barrier-Free Tour

From now on, the new “ZooExpress” offers visitors with limited mobility, for example persons in wheelchairs, the opportunity to experience Rostock Zoo during a round trip. In addition, the new electric vehicle, which was supplied by the Polish company MELEX, can also be used as a shuttle. “We are delighted ...

05 May 2021 USA/Kanada: La Ronde Also Ready to Welcome Back Guests

Last week, the US  operating group Six Flags announced the reopening of 26 six of their 27 theme parks in the USA and Mexico (cf. EAP news of 30 Apr 2021). The only exception was the Quebec, Canada-located La Ronde park. Since Monday, it has been certain that guests will be able to visit this park again as ...

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