27 Nov 2020 Canada: Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Offers Corona Suited Drive-in Art Exhibition

In a five-storey-high building the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit, located in Toronto, offers a newly concepted art exhibition in accordance with the current corona regulations. On a total ground space of around 56,000 square meters (600,000 square feet) and in rooms with eight-metre-high walls visitors are able ...

26 Nov 2020 Germany: Lagunenbad Willingen Receives General Overhaul

Since spring, the construction vehicles for the re-construction and general overhaul of the Lagunenbad indoor bathing complex in Willingen (Germany’s Sauerland region) have been rolling. The actual start of construction was scheduled for April 20th this year, but has started earlier due to the corona-related ...

26 Nov 2020 Germany: Ebeling Provides the Magic of Light

For more than half a century the Bremen-based company Ebeling has been providing beautiful light decorations for fairgrounds and amusement parks all over the world. Especially many of the so-called “Christmas markets”, which are popular attractions in all over Germany, are year after year lovingly staged ...

25 Nov 2020 USA: Bye Bye, Joe Rohde! – Disney Imagineer Retires

Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, who is well-known and respected in the international leisure industry for his outstanding work in theming and design, has decided to retire in early January 2021. During his 40-year career in the creative business division of The Walt Disney Company, Rohde worked on the development of complete park design concepts, including for ...

25 Nov 2020 Germany/USA: New Mystical Hex Attraction Offers Interactive “Buffalo Hunt“ to Riders

For the “Buffalo Hunt“ Wild West visitor experience near Rapid City (South Dakota, USA), which is operated by the Fort Hays & Mount Rushmore Tours local tourism organisation, the German manufacturer Wiegand supplied a “Mystical Hex“ Suspended Coaster – the second installation of this attraction type ...

24 Nov 2020 Germany: Manager Comeback at Freizeitbad Atoll

At the beginning of next year, Jörn Kemmener, who already served as manager of the Atoll leisure pool in Espelkamp, North Rhine-Westphalia from 2007 to 2016, will return to the water park facility operated by Aquapark Management. Kemmener currently holds a responsible position with the municipality of Bad Essen ...

23 Nov 2020 Canada: “TAG E-karting & Amusement Centre“ to Open in Québec in Spring 2021

As of spring 2021, tyres will squeal at the new TAG E-karting & Amusement Centre facility in the Canadian city of Sainte-Thérèse in the South West of Quebec province. This new leisure experience will be developed on a groud space of around 6,000 square metres (65,000 square feet) and will focus on kart sport, but in a environmentally- ...

23 Nov 2020 Spain: Loro Parque & Siam Park Awarded by the Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI)

Loro Parque and Siam Park, two leisure facilities belonging to the Loro Parque Group owned and managed by the Kiessling family, reaffirm their leadership in tourism and environmental sustainability, combating climate change and protecting biodiversity. The Loro Parque zoo, which is based in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, was awarded with ...

20 Nov 2020 USA: Louis Carr Appointed New Member of Cedar Fair Board of Directors

The US-American operating group Cedar Fair has appointed Louis Carr (64) to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. He succeeds John Scott, who stepped down from the board on September 24th. Carr will serve the remaining portion of Scott’s board term, which expires in 2022. He is currently president ...

20 Nov 2020 USA: Congratulations! – These Are the 27th Thea Awards Recipients & the Incoming TEA International Board President

The winners of the 27th edition of the Thea Awards have now been announced – as was announced by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) online last night. Among the 16 “Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement (AOA)” winners, four come from Europe: the two dark ride attractions “Sesame Street: ...

19 Nov 2020 Canada: FORREC’s Steven C. Rhys Retires after 38 Years with the Company

After 38 years with the experience design company FORREC, Executive Vice President Steven C. Rhys (photo) retires by the end of this year (effective December 31). Rhys began his career at the Canadian company in 1982 as a designer, one of his first big projects was the planning of the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada. Rhys subsequently worked his way up to Executive Vice President ...

19 Nov 2020 UK: Lee Valley Ice Centre Receives Planning Approval

The Lee Valley Ice Center, a new ice sports facility which is planned to be developed as part of the 10,000 square metre large Lee Valley Regional Park in London, recently received the planning approval by the Watham Forest Council. With the design of the new venue, which includes two Olympic-sized ice ...

19 Nov 2020 UAE: Dubai’s Aquaventure Waterpark Adds New Attractions in Phase 3 Expansion

The Aquaventure waterpark, which is part of the Atlantis The Palm Resort in Dubai and open not only to hotel guests but to the public, receives new attractions from Canadian water slide manufacturer ProSlide. As part of the already third expansion of the park, ProSlide will supply a patented “RallyRACER” head-first mat racer slide with multiple “RallyPOINTS” – flume sections ...

18 Nov 2020 USA: Jennie Nevin Departs as TEA Chief Operating Officer

After seven years in the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Themed Entertainment Association, Jennie Nevin will step back from her role effective November 30th. During the past seven years as COO, Nevin has been significantly involved in stabilizing the financial issues of the association by eliminating its debts ...

18 Nov 2020 Fourth Edition of VR Awards Celebrated Digital Ceremony

For the fourth time, the VR Awards celebrated its annual award ceremony to honor innovations and companies, which are dedicated to Virtual Reality. Awardees were honored in 14 categories during this year’s virtual edition of the VR Awards ceremony. This year, the “Accenture VR Lifetime Achievement Award“ ...

17 Nov 2020 Germany: Hamburg Messe & Congress Cancels INTERNORGA 2021 as Physical Event

Rapidly increasing coronavirus infection numbers and renewed lockdown measures also affecting the gastronomy, hospitality and events sector for a second time in just a few months make a reliable planning of the INTERNORGA 2021 – the international trade show for the hotel, restaurant, bakery and confectionery industries ...

17 Nov 2020 Germany: Industry Associations of the Swimming Pool Sector Jointly Appeal to Federal Minister of Health

On behalf of the public swimming pools in Germany, the European Waterpark Association (EWA), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für das Badewesen e.V. and the IAKS Deutschland e.V. jointly appeal to Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn to achieve the near-term reopening of pool facilities ...

17 Nov 2020 Dutch Start-up Company Develops Virtual Snorkeling Experience for Pools

The Dutch start-up company Virtual Reality Slide & VR Watergames, recently founded by industry insider Joeri Dusch, has launched a virtual snorkeling experience product in cooperation with iSlide, the Netherlands-based specialist for multimedia effects for water slides (read also our trend report “Add Ons for Water Slides” ...

16 Nov 2020 USA: Kalahari Resorts Opens Fourth Waterpark Resort Destination

The resort operating group Kalahari Resorts, which is owned by the Nelson family, recently announced the opening of its fourth waterpark resort location Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center Round Rock – the groundbreaking ceremony had been celebrated in May 2018 (cf. EAP news 17 May 2018) ...

16 Nov 2020 Germany: Ravensburger Spieleland to Open New Family Ride in 2021

Germany’s Ravensburger Spieleland family theme park located in Baden-Wuerttemberg (Southern Germany) announced to enthuse its guests with a new ride attraction when it starts into the 2021 season on 1 April. The novelty, which will receive the name of “GraviTrax®” in relation with the popular Ravensburger marble run, will offer a fun spinning ride experience ...

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