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18 Dec 2014 Attractions Management: industry news and jobs
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Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)
Salary: Up to £16,962 per annum (40 hours a week pro rata
Location: Tower Hamlets, United Kingdom
Company: GLL
Visitor Centre Attraction Manager
Salary: Up to £50,000 plus bonus and excellent benefits
Location: Pontyclun, South Wales, United Kingdom
Company: The Royal Mint
Internal Sales Representative
Salary: Competitive
Location: Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy
Company: Gardaland Resort
Marketing Coordinator
Salary: Competitive
Location: New York-New York, United States
Company: Madame Tussauds New York
Duty Manager - Admissions
Salary: Competitive
Location: Florida-Orlando, United States
Company: Merlin Entertainments Group Ltd
Marketing Coordinator
Salary: Competitive
Location: California-Hollywood, United States
Company: Madame Tussauds Hollywood
Commercial Supervisor
Salary: Competitive
Location: New York-Yonkers, United States
Company: Legoland Discovery Center
General Manager Mansion Hotel
Salary: Competitive Salary commensurate with experience
Location: Kent, United Kingdom
Company: Howletts & Port Lympne Wild Animal Park
Hotel Resident Manager
Salary: Competitive
Location: Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy
Company: Gardaland Resort
Visitor Welcome and Sales Manager
Salary: £20,401 per annum
Location: Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset, United Kingdom
Company: National Trust
Senior Visitor Reception Assistant
Salary: £14,650 per annum
Location: Greenway/Coleton Fishacre, Galmpton, near Brixham, United Kingdom
Company: National Trust

in this issue

• Liverpool FC kicks off £75m stadium expansion
• Les Mills: No workout, no meeting
• Harry Potter-themed hotel aims to enchant

Property & tenders
Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield – opportunities for leisure licences/leases
Location: Company: Wakefield Council
Unique opportunity to acquire a Grade II* listed building in the heart of the picturesque Dee Valley
Location: Company: Lambert Smith Hampton
Procurement Consultancy support for the Tendering of a Leisure Centre Management Contract
Location: Company: Test Valley
Sandbanks Recreational Business Opportunities
Location: Company: Borough of Poole
Market Sounding
Location: Poole, Dorset Company: Borough of Poole
Aldershot Lido – Expressions of interest sought for complementary attractions
Location: Aldershot Company: Rushmoor Borough Council
Sports facility provision
Location: Company: Borough of Poole
Conference Director - for 7th International UNESCO conference on Global Geoparks
Location: Torquay, United Kingdom Company: Global Geoparks Network
Specialist leisure operator required to deliver quality sports and leisure services
Location: Powys Company: Powys County Council
Sports Playing Field for sale
Location: Company: Stiles Harold Williams
Fitted treatment rooms at Lee Valley VeloPark
Location: Company: Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
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News headlines
Noah theme park denied US$18m in tax credits for refusing to hire non believers  
Noah theme park denied US$18m in tax credits for refusing to hire non believers

By Tom Anstey

A controversial theme park development based around Noah’s Ark in Kentucky, US, has been denied more than US$18m (€14.4m, £11.5m) in state tourism tax .... more>>
Canberra Zoo luxury lodges allow guests to take a walk on the wildside  
Canberra Zoo luxury lodges allow guests to take a walk on the wildside

By Tom Anstey

Australia’s Canberra National Zoo & Aquarium is about to launch a unique new hotel offering, allowing guests the opportunity to reside alongside sharks, bears, lions and an array of other wildlife in its new range of luxury suites. The Jamala .... more>>

Blow for Chester Zoo as 'Our Zoo' axed by the BBC  
By Tom Anstey

Our Zoo, the popular TV drama about the history of Chester Zoo, has has been cancelled “to create room for new shows” according to the BBC. The news .... more>>
Taylor Swift gets dedicated exhibition at Grammy Museum  
By Tom Anstey

A new exhibit dedicated to the life and times of Taylor Swift has been launched at Los Angeles’ Grammy Museum. Opened on 13 December – the date of the .... more>>
Bollywood star's RS10bn theme park to be 'like Disneyland'  
By Tom Anstey

Bollywood star Sanjay Khan’s RS10bn (US$162m, €127.5m, £99.7m) theme park in Agra, based on developing replicas of past and future civilisations, will be .... more>>
American Museum of Natural History planning US$325m expansion  
By Tom Anstey

New York’s American Museum of Natural History is planning a major expansion with the addition of a US$325m (€261m, £207m), six storey building, intended to expand the institution’s role for scientific research and education. .... more>>
Kentucky Science Center to enhance kids experience with US$3.3m revamp  
By Tom Anstey

Louisville’s Kentucky Science Center is about to undergo a US$3.3m (€2.6m, £2.1m) renovation to improve its offering to children. After three years of .... more>>
SeaWorld CEO resigns as struggling company faces US$50m in cuts  
By Tom Anstey

Jim Atchison, chief executive officer for SeaWorld Entertainment, is to step down from his role, effective from 15 January 2015. Atchison and SeaWorld have .... more>>
Universal Japan introducing videogame, anime and manga attraction in the new year  
By Tom Anstey

Universal Studios Japan has unveiled plans for a new attraction to feature anime, manga and other elements of Japanese pop .... more>>
Indian zoo staff undergo training in wake of visitor death  
By Tom Anstey

Staff at New Delhi’s National Zoological Park are soon to undergo advanced training for disaster management and ensuring visitor safety, with training delivered by experts from the National Disaster Management Authority. .... more>>
Exclusive: Universal poised to rollout Harry Potter Diagon Alley attraction globally  
By Jak Phillips

After the runaway success of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at Universal Orlando, the theme park operator plans to replicate the winning formula .... more>>
French Prime Minister breaks ground on Euro Disney's 'organic city' resort  
By Alice Davis

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls yesterday afternoon (11 December) attended the breaking ground ceremony for the €700m .... more>>
Disney reveals new details about upcoming Star Wars attractions  
By Tom Anstey

Amidst continued speculation, Disney CEO Bob Iger, has revealed some details on how the Star Wars brand it purchased .... more>>
James Corner Field Operations chosen to design San Francisco's Presidio Park  
By Katie Buckley

Landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) has been chosen to create a thirteen acre public park next to the Golden Gate Bridge in San .... more>>
Cincinnati waterpark adds Snow Tubing to winter offering  
By Tom Anstey

Cincinnati’s The Beach Waterpark has opened a new US$300,000 (€242,000, £191,000) addition to its winter offering - a 400ft (121m) Snow Tubing run. The new .... more>>

How can attractions be more inclusive?

Talking Point:
How can attractions be more inclusive?

We ask our experts what attractions can do to cater for people with disabilities

Show Preview:

IAAPA returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, from 18-21 November, with more than 1,000 exhibitors and an expected 27,000 attendees
Halloween fright nights prove big business

Visitor Attractions News:
Halloween fright nights prove big business

Attractions worldwide took advantage of Halloween 2014, with a selection of seasonal shows designed to shock, terrify and amaze those in search of a funfilled fright in October
WhiteWater strikes record deal

Waterparks News:
WhiteWater strikes record deal

Zhengzhou Yinji Kaifeng Waterpark in Henan, China, has made a $25.7m (£16m, €20.2m) order for WhiteWater products – the largest ever single order for the global waterpark sector
Universal makes $3.3bn leap into China

Theme Parks News:
Universal makes $3.3bn leap into China

Universal Studios has confirmed plans to open a $3.3bn (£2bn, €2.6bn) theme park in China after more than a decade of trying to enter the market
SATE 2014

Conference Report:
SATE 2014

TEA president Christine Kerr presents the hot topics from the annual design conference devoted to Storytelling, Architecture, Technology, Experience
Jonathan Gottschall

Jonathan Gottschall

Literary scholar and author of The Storytelling Animal explains why we’re all addicted to story, and how attractions can capitalise on our love of narrative
Actions Speak Louder

Actions Speak Louder

The National Trust’s Ben Cowell describes how landscaping can build up to a reveal, and ways the organisation is using actors to bring history to life
Attractions product news

Seminar programme at VAE encourages sharing of ideas

Seminar programme at VAE encourages sharing of ideas


Details of a comprehensive seminar and education programme at the Visitor Attraction Expo (VAE) have been revealed.
Embed goes another round with operation system

Embed goes another round with operation system


An Embed System has been installed at the fourth Round 1 Bowling & Amusement location at Stratford Square in Bloomingdale, Illinois.
Three London contracts for Gateway

Three London contracts for Gateway


Gateway Ticketing Systems UK will provide software solutions at three London visitor attractions after winning separate contracts in recent months.
Museum product news

International growth projected for Danny Rose

International growth projected for Danny Rose


Paris-based art and design company Danny Rose says it has expanded its portfolio and international presence.
Norfolk museums turn to Syx software

Norfolk museums turn to Syx software


Syx Automations has successfully installed software at three museums in Norfolk, UK. The Museums – Time and Tide, Elizabethan House and The Tolhouse – are all located in Great Yarmouth.
Micro museum part of a major contract for Syx

Micro museum part of a major contract for Syx


A newly-opened Amsterdam museum has selected Syx Automations software for its POS systems and access control.
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