The 2015 TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index, an annual study of attendance at top theme parks, waterparks and museums, shows strong growth in all three sectors.

Key players driving the upward trend include OCT Parks China, Chimelong, Fantawild, SongCheng, Disney and Universal.

John Robinett, Senior Vice President, Economics, AECOM, said that, despite a global recession, there have been steady improvements in business volume over the past ten years.

“The growth we’ve seen this year is tremendous for a relatively mature industry, ” he added.

When compared with figures from 2014, attendance grew by over 5 percent at the top 25 theme parks in the world and over 7 percent for the top 10 theme park groups. Visitor numbers at the top 20 water parks grew by 4 percent. Museum attendance held steady globally, but saw a close to 3 percent rise in North America.

TEA International Board President, Steve Birket of Birket Engineering, was equally upbeat in his assessment:

“With 10 years of data, the TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index reveals the true breadth, success and impact of the visitor attractions industry, ” he said.

Key findings from the TEA/AECOM 2015 Theme Index and Museum Index:

  • 420 million visits to attractions run by the top 10 global theme park groups, up 7.2 percent.
  • 236 million visits to the top 25 amusement/theme parks worldwide, up 5.4 percent.
  • 146 million visits to the top 20 amusement/theme parks in North America, up 5.9 percent.
  • 131 million visits to the top 20 amusement/theme parks in Asia-Pacific, up 6.9 percent.
  • 107 million visits to the top 20 museums worldwide, down 0.7 percent.
  • 74 million visits to the top 20 museums in Europe, Middle East and Africa, down 1.7 percent.
  • 61 million visits to the top 20 amusement/theme parks in Europe, Middle East and Africa, up 2.8 percent.
  • 58 million visits to the top 20 museums in Asia-Pacific, down 0.4 percent.
  • 58 million visits to the top 20 museums in North America, up 2.6 percent.
  • 29 million visits to the top 20 water parks worldwide, up 3.7 percent.

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