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How the Village Roadshow approach on safety and social media hits the mark

It is common knowledge in the amusement park industry that messaging is key when responding to a crisis. Something else that communications experts in the park world need to...
Sam Gennawey

Urban planner and theme park historian Sam Gennawey: an introduction

Hello and welcome to my world. I am Sam Gennawey, an urban planner by training, a passionate historian, and a theme park geek who finally gets to make a...
Fishing in Oman

Setting the scene; Oman Aquarium’s focus on Omani heritage

The Middle East's biggest aquarium, set to open in Autumn 2018, is in development just outside of Muscat, Oman. Adrian Tolliday's company TGI represents the project’s developers, Al Tamani...
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Lessons I Learned The First 5 Years of Running My Own LBE Business: Part...

I launched my own LBE business (location-based entertainment) start-up, Raven Sun Creative, in 2012, with more than 20 years of industry experience. By Louis Alfieri, Chief Creative Officer and Founder of...
South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtles

Sea Turtles and the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Care Centre

There is a quiet yet inexorable rhythm to the life of a sea turtle, tied to the moon and the tides, the ancient celestial rhythms of life. By Doug Nickrent, Senior...
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Chimelong Ocean Kingdom – a truly awe-inspiring visit

Chimelong. Those not familiar with Chinese parks may not know the name, but the company is one of China’s premier operators of theme parks. By Adam Sandy (right), Chief Business...
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Theme park visitor expectations of technology differ the world over

Understanding what visitors enjoy, and more importantly don’t, paints a unique picture for operators developing strategies to enhance and evolve their theme park technology offerings. By Mel Taylor, CEO, Omnico Group Visitor expectations...
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Zoolex’s Zoo Design Conference Wraclow, Poland

In April, over 200 zoo design professionals from around the world met in Wroclaw, Poland to discuss the state of the industry, trends, challenges, and new innovations at the...
Breaking Bad themed bar ABQ London

Cooking Meth in Hackney at ABQ London, the Breaking Bad themed bar

London is full of themed entertainment, quirky bars and unusual visitor experiences competing for business from tourists and locals alike. One unusual new addition to the city's portfolio is ABQ...
Lessons in Business Louis Alfieri

7 lessons I learned when starting a (location based entertainment) business

When I started my own location based entertainment (LBE) design firm, Raven Sun Creative, five years ago, my decision was driven by something I suspect a great many entrepreneurs have...