Monday, September 28, 2020

Tag: Attractions

The Sun comes out for Adventure Island

Adventure Island
Adventure Island topped the bill in the Sun newspaper’s recent feature on UK attractions for a post-lockdown visit, with MD Marc Miller declaring that “it’s great to be back.”

Covid-19 crisis prompts 17 percent increase in BALPPA membership

Paul Kelly BALPPA
The British Association of Leisure Parks Piers and Attractions has announced a significant increase in membership during the pandemic.

M&D defend asset purchase of collapsed company

M&D Lochview Theme Park new company
The directors of M&D Leisure have defended their decision to purchase part of the collapsed amusement park firm through a newly established company as “the best option” for the future.

Merlin raises doubts over ability to “continue as a going concern”

Merlin Entertainments concerns
Merlin Entertainments has reported “a material uncertainty” in its ability to continue as a going concern due to Coronavirus restrictions, as part of its 2019 accounts released on 24 April

UK theme parks safe as houses, says BALPPA data

BALPPA Safety survey UK Theme Parks
A number of high-profile injuries on roller-coasters belie the benign reality of UK attractions, suggests the findings of one new survey. A BALPPA survey..

New operator for Luna Park

Luna Park, New operator, W Crow & Son, scarborough, rides, attractions
Ride suppliers W Crow & Son is set to take over the iconic Scarborough attraction, dormant since February, later this week. There is soon to be a change-of-hands at Scarborough’s famous Luna Park funfair, with a new operator set to take charge of a new lease this Thursday. The attraction, which was closed temporarily in February as the details of the...

Ilkeston set for new AGC

Coinslot-FEC AGC
Erewash Borough Council has approved plans to turn the Queens Counsel pub in Ilkeston into an AGC, following a February application by owner Lifewave Ltd. The Market Place venue will convert its first and ground floors into an amusement centre, creating six to eight new jobs. “These proposals present an opportunity to breathe new life into the site, which will soon...

Grand Pier Weston to turn mud into gold

Weston Grand Pier
This Monday saw Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier unveil plans for a new attraction which will celebrate and embrace - quite literally - the resort’s infamous mud. “Weston-spa-Mare” will be situated at the end of the pier and will be a beauty therapy facility which utilises the mud from the town’s panoramic bay as part of its treatment offering. The centre-piece of the...

IAAPA Leadership Conference 2019 brings together global attractions executives in Abu Dhabi/Dubai

IAAPA, Leadership Conference, global, attractions, Abu Dhabi, Dubai
More than 200 Attendees Participated in Sold-Out Conference to Explore the Future of the Attractions Industry in the Middle East. IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, celebrated a successful IAAPA Leadership Conference in Abu Dhabi/Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 26-28 February 2019. More than 200 top-level attractions industry leaders gathered for the ninth annual event complete with thought-provoking presentations,...

Hastings ready for action: New owner Gulzar applies for retail units on pier

Hastings pier, Eastbourne, attractions, Sheikh Abid Gulzar,
The owner of Hastings and Eastbourne piers has made the latest move in his bid to make the former a viable year-round attraction. The owner of Hastings Pier has entered an application for planning permission build five new retail units on the attraction’s decking. The application, submitted by Sheikh Abid Gulzar to Hastings Borough Council, describes the units as log cabins...

Merlin Magic: Sales up despite market fluctuations

Europe’s largest attractions operator attributes a decent revenue performance in the first half of the year to recent and continued investment in its on-hand resort accommodation. Merlin has waved a magic wand. Merlin Entertainment are always a useful yardstick for gauging the vitality of the global attractions trade: and it’s good news as far as the first half of 2018...

Off road adventures

Outlander, World of Rides
World of Rides has launched its brand new range of side-by-side seating parent and child battery operated off road Outlander Big Cars for this summer season, allowing operators the ability to provide a safe, colourful, fully interactive and very profitable new jungle, jurassic or woodland style of attraction for their venues, either indoors or outdoors. The large twin seat off...

A new dawn for Clacton Pier

Clacton Pier
Clacton Pier will unveil its new £4m development this weekend, ushering in a new era for the attraction as it looks to establish itself as a year-round leisure destination. To mark the occasion the pier will be holding a celebration on Saturday 21 July that will include live entertainment throughout the day and a host of activities for children. Clacton Pier...

Dreamland Margate applies for 39 metre Sky Tower thrill ride

A massive ‘shoot and drop’ Sky Tower ride will be just one of the new attractions to terrify thrill seeking tourists at Dreamland Margate this summer. Bosses at the park have submitted a planning application to Thanet council for permission to build the colossal tourist attraction. “The new ride, called the Sky Tower, will have a maximum height of 39.5 metres...

Palace Pier Britain’s most visited free attraction beyond London

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Only three free attractions in London drew more visitors last year than Brighton’s worldfamous seaside amusements icon, according to VisitEngland.   Brighton Palace Pier has once again been revealed as the most-visited free tourist attraction in England outside London. An estimated 4,650,000 fun-seekers enjoyed a day at the pier in 2016, according to VisitEngland’s annual survey of visitor attractions. Only three free attractions...

The Locker Network goes Banana’s in Colorado

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The Locker Network has continued its expansion into waterparks with a new installation at the Coconut Cove mini-waterpark at Banana’s Fun Park in Colorado.   Banana’s Fun Park has 150 keyless, electronic lockers in a mix of family and standard sizes which were installed free of charge by The Locker Network on a revenue share plan. The company also highlighted how the...

IAAPA undertake LatAm economic impact study

Coinslot - IAAPA impact study LatAM
Attractions Industry Generates US$3.6 Billion in Latin American, claims IAAPA.   The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has released the results of an economic impact study for the attractions industry in Latin America. The IAAPA Economic Impact Study of the Latin American Attractions Industry evaluated the economic conditions of 556 attractions in 11 countries. According to the report, the...

Brighton’s i360 reopens after teething problems

Coinslot Brighton i360 attraction
Brighton’s i360 attraction, which closed for two days, reopened on 14 September. The closure came after the observation pod broke down three times in five days, with about 200 people trapped for more than an hour on 11 September. British Airways, which runs the attraction, said the breakdowns happened after automatic brakes were triggered. A spokeswoman said a load imbalance had led...

To VAE or not to VAE

It will be a formative year for the VAE, which faces a number of challenges in its quest to establish itself as a premiere trade show - but there are also plenty of factors working in its favour. After a solid first year of existence, it is likely that the return of the VAE will prove pivotal for the fledgling...