Jungle Island, South Florida’s iconic attraction, has appointed Curtis Crider as its new general manager. Crider brings more than 26 years of hospitality management experience to the 18-acre park and will oversee Jungle Island during the next phase of its multi-million dollar reinvention into an eco-adventure theme destination. Upon completion, Jungle Island will boast a family-friendly hotel and new attractions that provide visitors from around the globe with a real jungle adventure experience in the heart of Miami.
“Curtis understands the hospitality industry inside and out in South Florida,” said John Dunlap, CEO of Iconic Attractions Group, the management company for Jungle Island. “We are thrilled to have him join our leadership team. Coupled with his vast hotel experience and outstanding reputation, he is the ideal candidate to lead the park through its rebirth in the esteemed role of general manager.”
Crider takes over the helm from Christopher Gould, who joined Jungle Island in 2014 and will be transitioning to Senior Vice President of Iconic Attractions Group. During his five years with Jungle Island, Gould is credited with navigating the governmental slopes to receive approval of Jungle Island’s future transformation plans, accomplishing the sale of the park, and winning a referendum to extend the lease.