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Attractions News: Blooloop Facts Round Up February 2011

By Tracy Kahner

@Blooloop Facts, a Twitter feed that has run on the Blooloop News page for the last year, highlights key statistics and information relating to theme parks, amusement parks, waterparks, zoos, aquariums, museums, planetariums, waterparks, FECs and other visitor attractions as well as other data relevant to the Tourism and Visitor Attractions Industry.

Related:  Blooloop News / The Major New Theme Park Rides for 2011 / Amusement Park Chains, 2010: A Guide to Who Owns What

Each Blooloop Fact is typically a key abstract taken from an article that appeared as Blooloop News or has been taken from an annual report or other such document.   In the majority of cases a source has been listed, or a link to the article has been provided. 

Here are a few of the Blooloop Facts listed in February, 2011:

Theme Parks / Amusement Parks

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Related: Interview with Joel Manby, President and CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment / Interview with Merlin Entertainment's Mark Fisher, MD Theme Parks / Blooloop interviews Tom Mehrmann, Chief Executive, Ocean Park Corporation / Gamepocalypse or Gametopia : What Can Gamification Offer Theme Parks And Attractions? / Leveraging Mobile Technology to Enhance the Guest Experience – The Hand Held Amusement Park Experience

February 2nd – Due to seasonality, "… over 95% of annual turnover is recorded during the first half & less than 5% in the second."   Source: Parc Paradisio SA

February 7thOcean Park closes the ticket counters when the in-park attendance reaches 90% of the max in-park capacity of 36, 000.

February 10th Oriental Land Company revises attendance forecast from 25, 818, 000 to 27, 000, 000 based on the robust performance of the 3Q, FY 2010.

February 11th – Theme Parks – Attendance (in millions) : 15.0 in 2010; 15.4 in 2009; 15.3 in 2008 Source: Euro Disney S.C.A.

February 11th – Theme Parks – Average Spending Per Guest (in €): 45.30 in 2010; 44.22 in 2009; 46.32 in 2008 Source: Euro Disney S.C.A.

February 12th – Japan: Revenues at leisure and theme parks rose 5.5% in 2010, according to preliminary data by METI . 

February 13thHong Kong Disneyland can accommodate up to 36, 000 visitors a day and still comply with government safety rules.  

February 14th – For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2010, Universal Orlando reported a 20 % increase in attendance, to 11.2 million.  Source: UCDP

February 17thFuturoscope reinvests 10% of turnover each year to renew 20% of attractions, and thereby bring back 60% of visitors.

February 24th – 3 out of 4 guests visit both Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios® Parks Source: Euro Disney S.C.A

Zoos and Aquariums

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Related: Interview with Joel Manby, President and CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment / Interview with Merlin Entertainment's Mark Fisher, MD Theme Parks / Blooloop interviews Tom Mehrmann, Chief Executive, Ocean Park Corporation

February 9th  – The Toronto Zoo drew 1, 308, 788 visitors in 2010, compared to 1, 459, 574 in 2009.

February 9th Oregon Zoo, FY 2010 — Total Admission: 1, 634, 978 (Paid: 719, 307, Members: 751, 087 and Free: 165, 584)

February 9thVisitor surveys indicate nearly one in four visitors to Oregon Zoo hails from out of state. 

February 19th – On average the Honolulu Zoo welcomes 600, 000 visitors a year … 55% are Hawaii residents and 45% from out of state. 

February 12th – Did you know? 31% of aquarium visitors purchased food or beverages. Source: Morey Group

February 20th – Admissions comprised 46% of Support and Revenues for Monterey Bay Aquarium during 2009.

February 21stSeaWorld San Antonio will become a multi-day experience, according Dan Decker, President of this park.

Visitor Attractions and Miscellaneous

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Related:  Catching the Wave: the Next Generation of Surf Simulators / Gamepocalypse or Gametopia : What Can Gamification Offer Theme Parks And Attractions?  / From Twister to Potter: Thinkwell's Craig Hanna / Leveraging Mobile Technology to Enhance the Guest Experience – The Hand Held Amusement Park Experience

February 4th – The latest research from Visit London has revealed that the capital’s attractions saw attendance figures rise 3.1% compared to 2009. S: VL

February 7thWorld Expo in Silicon Valley would generate $5.6 billion in economic activity for Bay Area, according to a new report.  Source: Bay Area Council

February 20thMichigan Attractions, 2010 Attendance: Meijer Gardens, 686, 222, John Ball Zoo, 425, 423, Henry Ford & Detroit Zoo, 1.4+ mil. 

February 20th – Attendance for Alabama Attractions (2010): U.S. Space & Rocket Center, 540, 153 & Birmingham Zoo, 431, 061   Source: Alabama Tourism Department.

February 22ndBiltmore, with 1.1 mil visitors, ranks as the largest historic attraction in North Carolina during 2010. …followed by Ft Macon Historic Site with 799, 322; NC Zoo with 755, 531; NC Museum of Natural Sciences with 708, 398 …

February 23rdBritain's leading tourist attractions have reported an increase in visitor numbers over the past year …with many reaping the benefits of appearing as the backdrop to a Hollywood blockbuster. 
 

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