25 Feb 2021 USA: Herschend Entertainment Takes Over Operation of Kentucky Kingdom & Hurricane Bay

The Atlanta, Georgia-based operator group Herschend Family Entertainment, whose park portfolio includes Dollywood, Silver Dollar City and the Newport Aquarium, among other venues, recently announced that they became majority partner and new operator of Kentucky Kingdom and its associated water ...

25 Feb 2021 Germany: Potsdamer Platz Arkaden Will Open “Mission: Play!“ Mattel FEC in 2022

Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz Arkaden shopping complex will open a new family entertainment center in spring 2022: “Mission: Play!”TM will provide playing fun centered around some popular brands from U.S. toy manufacturer Mattel. The planned new entertainment offering is part of a comprehensive realignment of the arcades, which are owned and managed ...

24 Feb 2021 Cambodia: 75-Hectare-Large "ALOW” Theme Park Resort to be Built Near Angkor Wat

At the end of last year, Cambodian casino operator and investor NagaCorp. Ltd. announced plans to build a new leisure complex on a 75-hectare large site near the outermost restricted zone of the historic Angkor Wat temple in the province of Siem Reap. According to the announcement, NagaGroup Global Limited ...

24 Feb 2021 Netherlands: Lagotronics Develops Magical Illumination Route in Roermond

In cooperation with Citymanagement Roermond, Lagotronics – a specialist in creating immersive visitor experiences – developed the “Magic Route Roermond“ that now leads through the city center. With “magic wands“, kids are able to interactively activate 40 different light points for extra street lighting and 3D light objects with different effects ...

23 Feb 2021 Germany: Fitness Along the Way – Playparc Presents New Sports Bench

Playparc, the play equipment and street furniture manufacturer from East Westphalia, Germany, has developed a new fitness bench that combines a wayside recreation and break option with a sporting activity option. For the patented bench design, the movement behaviour of 20- to 50-year-old study participants was examined, and the results were used to develop the product ...

23 Feb 2021 State of New York Announces Regulations for Reopening of Leisure Facilities

As the New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced in a statement on February 17th, indoor FECs will be allowed to reopen to visitors in New York beginning March 26th, and outdoor leisure facilities such as theme parks will be allowed to reopen April 9th, 2021. FECs have to operate at a lower capacity of 25 percent and amusement parks at ...

22 Feb 2021 Austria: WAVE Water World in Wörgl at Disposition?

The WAVE Water World in Wörgl (Austrian Tyrol region) is subject to political discussions about a possible demolition – thousands of citizens are mobilizing themselves in order to secure their favorite bathing complex, which has a wide catchment area including Bavaria and the Achensee region. The water adventure world opened in 2003 and after less than ...

22 Feb 2021 LBE Specialists Form New Turnkey Entertainment Operator Spider Entertainment

Rob Hetherington, most recently Commercial Director at Lappset Creative, and Kevin Williams, speaker and publisher of The Stinger Report, have joined forces with other location-based entertainment (LBE) specialists to form Spider Entertainment, a new operating company for turnkey visitor experiences. Hetherington, now CEO of Spider Entertainment ...

19 Feb 2021 Saudi Arabia: CYAN Water Park – Rawae Co.’s Second Water Park Development Within 12 Months

In March 2020, Saudi Arabia-based water park operator Rawae Co. announced the development of Jeddah Waterpark, a new Mediterranean-themed leisure venue (cf EAP news of 19 Mar 2020). Now the announcement of another water park dubbed CYAN Water Park was released, which is also set to be constructed ...

18 Feb 2021 GB: Abandoned IKEA Building to Become New Art Collections Centre in Coventry

Since the Swedish furniture manufacturer IKEA had left its city centre location in Coventry in March last year, the Coventry City Council has been discussing a possible re-use of the vacant building. Councillors of the Coventry Council Cabinet and Full Council will vote on the development of the ”Collections Centre“ ...

18 Feb 2021 USA: Cedar Fair Expects Growth & Value Creation in Second Half of 2021 and Long-term

“We are optimistic that levels of attendance at our parks and resort properties will significantly improve in 2021, particularly as COVID-19 vaccines become broadly available over the next few months. In anticipation of improving demand, we are poised to resume normal operations ...

17 Feb 2021 GB: Domestic Surf Location Coming to Manchester – Planning Application for “Modern Surf“ to be Submitted

The over 200 hectare-large, city center-like mixed-use complex TraffordCity, which is located west of Manchester’s city center and is operated by Peel L&P, is constantly developing its visitor offerings. Such as is the Therme Group’s new and eleven hectare-large Therme Manchester, which was announced last ...

17 Feb 2021 USA: The Walt Disney Company’s Quarterly Results Show Losses & Growth

The Walt Disney Company recently presented the report for the first quarter of the 2021 fiscal year, which shows a total revenue of 16.249 billion US Dollars (approx. 13.405 billion Euros) – a decrease of 22 percent in comparison to the revenue of 20.877 billion US Dollars (17.222 billion Euros) generated in Q1 2020 ...

16 Feb 2021 Switzerland/Australia: Robu Group is New Owner of Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Founded by Ronald A. Bussink, Switzerland’s Robu Group recently bought the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, one of the touristic highlight attractions in the south Australian metropolis. With a new master plan Robu Group plans to bring exciting new visitor activities and experiences both in ...

15 Feb 2021 Germany: Rostock Zoo Looks back at 2020 Financial Year, Invests in Ongoing Projects & Digital Infrastructure

Rostock Zoo takes a look back at the 2020 financial year, which was determined by the Corona pandemic. With a total visitor number of 589,274 guests, the zoological facility recorded a decrease of over 62,000 visitors in comparison to the previous year. “Of course Corona had an impact on Rostock Zoo, too. In total, ...

12 Feb 2021 “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson“ Aims at Creating Awareness for Water Safety

For the past twelve years, the World Waterpark Association (WWA) has been initiating the “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson” (WLSL), working together with pool and waterpark operators in order to raise awareness about water safety and the importance of teaching children to swim at an early age. “A dire consequence ...

11 Feb 2021 Germany: Tropical Islands Sings Serving Contract with Coca-Cola

The Brandenburg-based Tropical Islands leisure and waterpark facility, which is operated by Parques Reunidos, recently announced that it will use the time until its reopening to overhaul its softdrink serving counters throughout the destination. Renowned softdrink supplier Coca-Cola will serve Tropical Islands in ...

11 Feb 2021 Austria: “Großes Walsertal“ Biosphere Reserve to Offer New Outdoor Overnight Experience

The Biosphere Reserve Großes Walsertal, a skiing and hiking region in western Austria, announced the launch of a new outdoor accommodation unit in the middle of nature in the Vorarlberg region. The offer was developed in cooperation with the young entrepreneur Philipp Herburger, the Alpenregion Bludenz ...

10 Feb 2021 Germany: Hologate World – 1,200 Square Metres of Immersive Entertainment

The Munich-based company Hologate, which is specialised in VR experiences, has announced the development of a new, 1,200 square-meter-large location-based attraction: “Hologate World“ is set to become “the largest extended reality and entertainment destination in Germany” ...

10 Feb 2021 Austria: Track Completion on New Multi Launch Coaster at Fantasiana Strasswalchen – Large-Scale Project in Good Progress

In its 25th anniversary season this year, the Austrian family theme park Fantasiana in Strasswalchen (Salzburger Land) plans to present its most comprehensive investment until to date to its visitors: A 5,000 sqm large park expansion with a new themed area and a Family Multi Launch Coaster. The park ...

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