05 Aug 2022 UAE: Global Village Dubai Gives Outlook on Novelties – 27th Season to Kick-off in October

The Global Village, located on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road in Dubai, which is a multicultural leisure destination combining retail, restaurants, attractions and entertainment along a promenade, has announced 27 pavilions and a new concept for its “Road of Asia” for its upcoming 27th season, which starts on 25 October this fall ...

05 Aug 2022 Australia/UK: Modernised “Dreamworld Express” Trains with Nostalgic Charm Carry Guests at Dreamworld Park

Opened in December 1981, the “Dreamworld Express” at the Dreamworld theme park on Australia’s Gold Coast has carried millions of guests since its inauguration. Recently, it was time for an upgrade of the nostalgic train attraction. While the park renewed the “Central Station” christened station, the rails and the locomotives on its own ...

04 Aug 2022 China/Canada: New Double Walkthrough Attraction at Fabland Valley Resort Xiangyang Now Open

OCT Group-owned and -operated Fabland Valley Resort in Xiangyang (Hubei Province), China, celebrated the opening of its new “Hive Break” walkthrough attraction (which was delayed due to the pandemic), located at the “Alien Port” in the park and featuring two routes with interwoven storylines. The experience, which was designed by Canadian manufacturer ...

04 Aug 2022 USA/Germany: Cenntro Electric to Acquire Minority Interest in German E-Cargo Designer Antric

Cenntro Electric Group Limited – a leading EV technology company with advanced, market-validated electric commercial vehicles, which has taken over a majority interest in Tropos Motors Europe earlier this year – announced that is had signed a non-binding term sheet to make a strategic investment of ...

04 Aug 2022 USA: Six Flags Announces Board of Directors Changes

The Six Flags Entertainment Corporation has announced the appointment of Chieh Huang as an independent director to its Board of Directors, effective August 1, 2022. At the same time, Denise M. Clark has resigned from the Board for personal reasons. Huang co-founded and has served as Chief Executive Officer ...

03 Aug 2022 Germany: New Owner at Wunderland Kalkar

After 25 years, Wunderland Kalkar now has a new owner. On 1 August 2022, Hennie van der Most (Most Beheer), who founded the amusement park on the Lower Rhine not far from the Dutch border a quarter of a century ago, and the Dutch DeFabrique Holding signed the deal, which also includes the complete takeover of the staff. In future, ...

03 Aug 2022 Germany: New Edutainment Offer: Interactive Scavenger Hunt with Escape Room in Saxony’s Castles

Since the end of July, there has been a new highlight for families with children at Saxony’s Mildenstein (Leisnig) and Kriebstein (municipality of Kriebstein) castles. In search of the “treasure of the one-eyed man”, guests at Mildenstein Castle can take part in an interactive treasure hunt on the castle grounds in groups of two to eight ...

03 Aug 2022 UK: Dark Forces Take over Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter at Halloween

From 23 September to 6 November 2022, visitors to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter can once again explore the dark side of the wizarding world as the “Death Eaters” make their way back to Hogwarts. For this period, over 100 “floating” pumpkins return to the Great Hall. Each expression ...

02 Aug 2022 Germany: 1.5 Million Visitors Attended Jubilee Libori Festival

“I am extremely grateful for this safe and peaceful Libori Festival,” said Paderborn’s Mayor Michael Dreier. Around 1.5 million people had visited this year’s festival, taking place over nine days in the cathedral city, and experienced the unique mix of church, funfair and culture. At the end of the 500th Libori anniversary ...

02 Aug 2022 accesso & Planet Partnership Aims to Facilitate On-Site-Payments in Leisure Attractions

The accesso® Technology Group has teamed up with global technology company Planet, operating in the hospitality and retail sectors in particular, in a strategic partnership to combine payment services, technology and software for on-site-payments in leisure venues and attractions. In this way, guests of leisure facilities ...

01 Aug 2022 Germany: KristallTurm Receives Bavarian State Prize for 3D High Ropes Course Configurator

KristallTurm, the Lenggries/Bavaria-based company which was founded in 2010 by Heinz Tretter (master carpenter & technical business economist) and has since installed numerous KristallTurm® high ropes courses around the world (read also our story “Out into the world with Bavarian high ropes courses” in EAP 1/2018), has now been awarded the “Bavarian State Prize 2022” ...

01 Aug 2022 Germany: SURFTOWN MUC Celebrates Official Groundbreaking

Last week, the construction of the new surf pool facility SURFTOWN® MUC started in Hallbergmoos, about 25 kilometers north of Munich, with the official ground-breaking ceremony. Since its announcement, the project has been continuously pushed forward by the developers in order to find solutions for structural and ...

29 Jul 2022 Germany: Invisible Worlds – Hands-on Exhibition Invites Visitors to Discover the Unseen at Reiss-Engelhorn Museum Network

The Reiss-Engelhorn Museums in Mannheim have recently launched a hands-on exhibition entitled “Invisible Worlds”, which uses interactive experiments to make things that are normally invisible to the human eye visible and tangible. The experiments are housed in eight different pavilions, each with its own theme ...

28 Jul 2022 USA: Head of Rollercoaster Manufacturer S&S Worldwide to Retire

After 40 years of service to the international leisure industry, Tim Timco (photo), President and CEO of S&S Worldwide, Inc. will soon retire. He will be succeeded by Jason Mons, currently COO of the US-based company, who will serve as President and COO effective September 1, 2022. At the same time, Noboru Rachi, currently CEO of owner company ...

28 Jul 2022 Saudi Arabia Plans New Megacity “NEOM” and 170km Long Skyscraper Building “The Line”

With “NEOM”, the Saudi Arabian ruling family is planning a futuristic megacity in the middle of the desert that will cover an area of 26,500 square kilometers across three countries (Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt) and become the world’s first road-, car- and emission-free city. The controversial megaproject aims to redefine ...

27 Jul 2022 USA: Lionsgate and IMG Ink Multi-Year Consumer Products Pact

Founded in Canada and now headquartered in Santa Monica, California, media company Lionsgate has appointed International Management Group (IMG) as its new and exclusive global agency for consumer products. In a multi-year agreement, IMG will work with Lionsgate to develop and expand strategic, multi-category consumer product programs ...

27 Jul 2022 Switzerland: New Head of Marketing & Education at Zurich Zoo

As of 1 November 2022, Claudia Herkert-Derungs (photo) will take over as the new Head of Marketing and Education at Zurich Zoo. She succeeds Markus Rege, who is retiring but will continue to act as a fundraising consultant for the zoo on a project basis. Herkert-Derungs, who is currently self-employed in the field of consulting and coaching ...

26 Jul 2022 UK: The Experience Department (ted) Welcomes Jake McCoy as New Director of Operations

The UK-based entertainment provider The Experience Department (“ted” for short, since April this year a subsidiary of the US-based RWS Entertainment Group) welcomes Jake McCoy (photo) as new Director of Operations to its management team ...

26 Jul 2022 UK: New Gravity Active Entertainment Location to Open at Westfield Stratford City

More and more shopping centers and malls are turning to retailtainment to offer customers an entertaining shopping experience and retain their loyalty (read also our special feature on the topic of “revitalizing stationary retail” in EAP 2/2020). Special leisure experiences and activity offerings are designed to extend the time ...

25 Jul 2022 Germany: Church, Funfair and Cultural Traditions – Paderborn Celebrates 500 Years of Libori

The Libori Festival, which has religious origins, is one of the largest and oldest popular festivals in Germany. The church and the city use it to celebrate the arrival of the bones of St. Liborius, the patron saint of Paderborn Cathedral, the diocese and the city, in 836. After a two-year break due to the pandemic ...

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