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Rob Miksza WhiteWater Designer Waterparks

Smaller footprint waterparks at Drayton Manor, the first WhiteWater/BALPPA seminar

 WhiteWater West, in partnership with BALPPA held its first conference focused on smaller footprint waterparks on the 4th May. The venue was the Drayton Manor Hotel. The world’s first indoor waterpark was World...
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Montreal’s Expo 67 – Its legacy 50 years later

50th anniversary of Expo 67 opening in Montreal. By Joseph Joy (right), Director, Strategic Accounts, Triotech. The world’s fair, Expo 67, ran throughout the summer of 1967 and was an unexpected success. It...
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The TEA Summit – where reality becomes suspended and imagination runs free

It’s often said that Disneyland is a place of wonder where reality becomes suspended and imagination runs free. This week, I didn’t even have to step past the park’s...
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#NationalSigningDay, and the Valleyfair Campaign that’s Got People Talking

One of the most important things to do when crafting your job recruiting messaging is to ensure that your park is relating to job applicants today. By Adam Sandy (left) Chief Business...
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Ecotourism vs. Zoos: The Perils of the “Just Go See Them in the Wild”...

I recently embarked on a three-week journey in India in search of big cats. This ecotourism trip is an example of all of the good wildlife tourism can do...
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Asia’s Smart Theme Park Visitors Expect Technology Enriched Experiences

The huge growth in the theme park business across Asia and China in particular is largely fueled by a growth in the middle-classes. Visitors in these markets also have a keen...
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In Dubai, Attraction Development is Just Getting Started

Next week the Dubai Entertainment Amusement and Leisure (DEAL) Show 2017  and the DEAL Live by blooloop conference will take place in Dubai. Attraction development in the GCC (countries making up...

In Zoos We Trust (In A Post-Truth World)

Americans' relationships with traditional authorities has been evolving. Our distrust of the media and obsession with ‘fake news’ is the strongest and most recent illustration of this erosion that in...
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Summer 2017: Volcano Bay vs Pandora – The World of AVATAR

Summer 2017 is an important season for Orlando attractions, with the opening of two huge developments from Universal and Disney. The two industry giants are constantly fighting for their...
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The Circus isn’t Coming to Town

On January 14, 2017 The Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus, the Greatest Show on Earth, announced it was folding up the big top and closing forever in less...