Theme Park, Amusement Park and Attractions Industry News

Kernels – April 2012

The Australian theme park operator Village Roadshow is hoping to open a park in China, according to Australasian Leisure Management. The project would, “effectively leverage the extraordinary value of our 40 years and more of world quality theme park expertise and without any heavy investment burden,” chairman Robert Kirby told the magazine.

David Sanvoisin has been appointed event manager for the UK’s Leisure Industry Week (LIW) exhibition. David boasts more than 14 years experience in the leisure and events industry and formerly oversaw the Play & Attractions sector of LIW from 2003 to 2008. LIW returns this year from September 18 to 20 in Birmingham.

UAE shopping mall operator Emaar Retail has announced plans to open a second Sega Republic family entertainment centre (FEC) in Dubai. The 3,600ft sq ft facility at the Dubai Marina Mall is set for a summer 2012 debut. The existing Sega Republic at the Mall of Dubai features a combination of high tech arcade games, simulators and a handful of rides and attractions including a Maurer Söhne spinning coaster.

Paultons Park, Hampshire England, has closed its Village Life Museum. An auction was held at the park on March 14 when items including hand carts, heavy horse harnesses, hand tools and equipment from the workshops of a farrier, carpenter, shoemaker and a cooper went under the hammer.

Zoombezi Bay at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is the latest waterpark to install and operate a Q-band ride reservation system. The Ohio venue has signed a five-year deal with Lo-Q, the 11th waterpark globally to utilise the waterproof Q-band.

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