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Attractions News: Blooloop Facts Round Up May & June 2011

By Tracy Kahner

@BlooloopFacts, 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 May and June, 2011:

Theme Parks / Amusement Parks

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May 2ndFuturoscope: 93% of visitors are French, of which 70% live more than a 2 1/2 -hour drive away.   Source: Futuroscope

May 2ndFuturoscope: 44% of visitors stay for 2 or more days, spending at least one night in a local hotel.   Source: Futuroscope.

May 6thOLC, Theme Park Net Sales per Guest (yen), Previous FY vs Actual FY: 9, 743 vs. 10, 022.

May 9th – Average Length of Visit for OLC's theme parks (hours): 6.2 in FY '84; 6.9 in '89; 7.7 in '94; 8.4 in '99; 8.5 in 99; and 8.4 in '11

May 9th OLC's Breakdown of Guests by Age, FY '11: 19.1% (over 40 yrs); 52.4% (18 to 39 yrs); 10.1% (12 to 17 yrs); 18.4% (4 to 11 yrs).  Source: OLC

May 10th – We are encouraging our guests to book further in advance of their vacation by providing them with early-booker discounts and they are responding favorably, " commenting on the results of 2nd Q, Philippe Gas, CEO of Euro Disney S.A.S, said.

May 23nd –Composition of visitors to Efteling Park, ‘09:  Netherlands 89.5% ,   Belgium 7.9%, Germany 1.6% and 1.0% from other countries.  Source: Efteling

May 27thUniversal Studios Singapore is projecting 4 million visitors this year . 

June 15thPortAventura reached new records during '10; one of them was celebrating the 50 M visitors since opening in '95.   Source: Criteria CaixaCorp

June 16thTokyo Disney Resort Guest Profile, '10:  71% Female / 29% Male and Age Breakdown: 19.1% (40+ )  52.4% (18-39), 10.1% (12-17) and 18.4% (4-11)

June 16thTDR Guest Breakdown by Region: 66.4% are from Kanto, 11.9% Chubu/Koshinetsu, 7.6% Kinki, 7.2% Other  (Japan); 6.9% Overseas.   Source: OLC Group

June 16th – With 15 million visits in 2010, Disneyland® Paris is the most visited tourist destination in Europe.

June 17th Destination parks resurge as operators invest in outstanding new attractions. 

June 17th – “Despite the recession, European theme parks turned in relatively strong attendance performance.”


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May 22nd – Nearly Half of US Museums Offer Mobile Information Access to Visitors.  Source:  AAM

May 22nd – In 2011 the Fastest Growing Mobile Platform Will Be Smartphone Apps.  Source:  AAM

May 29th2010 Science Center Statistics: Paid on-site attendance also increased for 52.2% of the 136 respondents providing that data;

May 29th – On average, member visits accounted for 24% of paid on-site visits to the 118 institutions providing this data;

May 29th – On average, earned income, which comes primarily from ticket sales and program fees, is the largest source of operating revenue.   Source: ASTC

Zoos and Aquariums

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May 22ndJohn G. Shedd Aquarium, 2010  – Attendance: 2, 063, 694; Student Visits: 293, 127; Free Days: 52   Source:  Museums Work for Chicago

May 22ndChicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo, 2010: Attendance: 2, 283, 065; Student Visits: 204, 329; Free Days: 27   Source:  Museums Work for Chicago)

June 2nd Jurong Bird Park – Opened on January 1971; Land area: 20.2 hectares; Initial Cost: S$3.5 million; # Visitors: Approx. 900, 000.   Source: RWS

June 2ndNight Safari – Opened: 26 May 1994; Land area: 40 hectares; Initial Cost: S$63 million; # Visitors: 1.1 million per year.   Source: RWS

June 2ndSingapore Zoo – Opened: 27 June 1973; Land area: 28 hectares; Initial Cost: S$9 million (govt grant); Visitors: 1.6 million/yr.   Source: RWS

June 5thDublin Zoo's Attendance: 2010: 960, 000; 2009: 898, 469; 2008: 932, 000; 2007: 900, 005; 2006: 754, 208; 2005: 746, 291.  Source: Fáilte Ireland

June 6thAmerican Zoos And Aquariums Contribute $16.0 Billion To Economy


Museums Image: Kind courtesy of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

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