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The Park World Excellence Awards 2020 will celebrate the premier talents at the heart of the EMEA attractions industry. The prestigious awards scheme invites entries and nominations from operators in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, together with suppliers, manufacturers and entertainment specialists with projects launched in the EMEA region between 1 July 2019 and 1 July 2020.

Operator categories include Best Large Park, Best Regional Park, Best Water Park, Best Family Entertainment Centre (FEC) and Best Live Entertainment.

Companies from outside the EMEA region may enter the Awards, but the ride/attraction/project put forward must be located in the EMEA region. Categories include Best Roller Coaster, Best Roller Coaster (Limited Budget), Best Ride, Best Ride (Limited Budget), Best Dark Ride or Media-Based Experience, Best FEC Project, Best Use of Theming, Best Use of Technologies, Best Supplier, Best Product Innovation and Best of the Best.

The Park World Excellence Awards will also shine a spotlight on outstanding individuals, with awards for Industry Icon (Operator), Industry Icon (Manufacturer/Supplier) and the brand new ‘Unsung Hero’ award, which is for a member of staff with at least 10 years service in a theme/water park, FEC, or with a manufacturer/supplier, that has gone above and beyond, making a difference to the people around them. They must not be the owner/operator or a member of the management team, however, as this particular award is designed to recognise everyone else, from the receptionist to the designer, the installation engineer to the ride operator and more.

The Park World team has appointed two new judges for the 2020 event:  Duncan Phillips –  vice chair of Balppa and founder and managing director of 360 Play and leisure consultancy DP Associates and Nicole Rojo, a renowned theme park blogger and a representative of the European Coaster Club (EEC) for Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Commenting on her appointment, Nicole said: “I am really proud to be a judge. For me the Park World Excellence Awards are one of the most reputable awards in the industry.”

Nicole Rojo and Duncan Phillips join Marek Pisarski, an established author in the Polish leisure sphere; amusement industry consultant, Marcus Gaines; Emmanuel Mongon, founder and director, ImaginVest; Aleatha Ezra, director of park member development, World Water Park Association; Phil Taylor, managing director, Team Leisure, Francois and Richard – who are all delighted to return and looking forward to receiving this year’s entries and nominations.

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