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25 Apr 2014 Attractions Management: industry news and jobs
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Casino Various
Location: Southend, United Kingdom
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Assistant Manager
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Location: Basildon, Essex
Company: The Original Bowling Company
People Engagement Officer
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Location: Sidlesham West Sussex, United Kingdom
Company: RSPB
Wales Outdoor Enterprises Manager
Salary: £33,135 per annum
Location: Wales (Location flexible across the region), United Kingdom
Company: National Trust Wales
Visitor Experience Manager X 2
Salary: £Circa 30,000 per annum
Location: Kent & Surrey, United Kingdom
Company: National Trust
General Manager
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Location: London, W12, United Kingdom
Company: KidZania
Operations / Visitor Service Manager
Salary: £26,000 - £29,000 + bonus and other benefits
Location: Blackpool, United Kingdom
Company: Blackpool Zoo
Head of Commercial Development
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Location: Based London, United Kingdom
Company: Science Museum
Attraction Duty Manager
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Location: Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Company: The Bournemouth Pier / Rock Reef Ltd
General Manager Designate
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Location: North West Region, United Kingdom
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in this issue

• Olympic Park opens to public after £300m investment
• Disregard 'feelings' over obesity
• Bill Shankly hotel plans revealed

Property & tenders
Maximise Your Property Asset Potential With Natural Retreats
Location: Company: Natural Retreats
Commercial Development Opportunities At Brockholes Visitor Centre And Nature Reserve
Location: Company: Lancashire Wildlife Trust
Invitation to provide a quotation to conduct an Options Appraisal for the future management of Chichester District Council's Sport and Leisure facilities
Location: Chichester Company: Chichester District Council
Edinburgh Leisure Fitness Equipment Tender
Location: Edinburgh Company: Edinburgh Leisure
Leisure Opportunity To Lease
Location: Isle of Wight Company: Scotcher and Co
Seasonal Coastal Visitor - Transport Operator
Location: North Tyneside Company: North Tyneside Council
Commercial development of multiple buildings
Location: Redbridge Company: Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure Ltd
Former Ten Pin Bowling Centre - Offers Invited Leasehold
Location: Company: Christie + Co
Prime Seafront Development Opportunity
Location: Company: Jones Lang Lasalle
Promenade Park Concessions
Location: Company: Maldon District Council
Outdoor Leisure Centres for Sale
Location: Company: GVA
Invitation to let by formal tender for the Operation and maintenance of a nine hole, Par 3, golf course in oakwood park
Location: Company: Enfield Council
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News headlines
New York Wheel project sets annual target of six million visitors  
New York Wheel project sets annual target of six million visitors

By Jason Holland

The world’s tallest observation wheel will be at the heart of a US$790m (€571m, £471m) transformation of Staten Island in New York City that aims to attract six million visitors annually. Construction on the New York Wheel will begin later this year. .... more>>
Monster attraction boosts Sesame Street park  
Monster attraction boosts Sesame Street park

By Jason Holland

Sesame Place, the US theme park based on long-running children’s show Sesame Street, will open an entirely new themed area next month – its largest ever renovation. The Langhorne, Pennsylvania park’s new Cookie’s Monster Land features five new rides, a three-storey net climb and a soft play area. The popular Cookie Monster character and a plethora of monster .... more>>

US theme park first as solar energy powers Legoland Florida  
By Jason Holland

Legoland Florida ran completely on renewable solar energy yesterday (22 April) to mark Earth Day – the first theme park in the US to do so. The park .... more>>
Controversial Tiananmen Square museum opens this week  
By Jason Holland

The world's first museum about the Tiananmen Square massacre is set to open in Hong Kong this week. Commemorating the pro-democracy protesters killed in .... more>>
US$371m Sochi theme park nearing completion  
By Jason Holland

A new theme park in Sochi adjacent to the site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games has been given an official opening date of early June 2014 – but will let its first visitors through the gates .... more>>
Europe’s first triple-launch coaster debuts in Germany  
By Jason Holland

Germany’s Holiday Park has opened a new themed area based on vampires and zombies – with Europe’s first triple-launch rollercoaster at its undead heart. Baltimore, US-based Premier Rides designed and manufactured the new .... more>>
July opening for Universal Japan’s Harry Potter world  
By Jason Holland

Universal Studios Japan has announced a 15 July opening date for its $500m (€362m, £297m) Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction. The theme park is hoping to build on the 10.5 million .... more>>
Mystery delay means Musée Picasso won’t reopen until year-end  
By Jason Holland

The reopening of Paris’ Musée Picasso – scheduled for June – has been delayed again. The museum, home to one of the world’s most extensive collections of Pablo Picasso’s artwork, has been .... more>>
Samsung museum showcases electrical innovation through the ages
By Jason Holland

Technology firm Samsung has opened its own museum charting the history – and future – of electronics innovation. The 10,950sq m (117,865sq ft) Samsung .... more>>
Haynes motor museum hopes expansion drives further success  
By Jason Holland

Haynes International Motor Museum in the UK has officially re-opened after a three-year, £5m ($8.4m, €6.1m) transformation, offering a tour through time of some .... more>>
Speculation soars around IPO of Merlin landlord Nick Leslau  
By Jak Phillips

Property investor Nick Leslau – whose company Prestbury Investments own a large chunk of Merlin Entertainments' real estate portfolio – is set to make a return to the London stock exchange with an IPO likely to be worth .... more>>
$200m Orlando hub gets new name, opening date  
By Jason Holland

The opening of a new $200m (€144m, £119m) entertainment hub in Orlando has been pushed back to spring 2015 – but finally has a confirmed name. I-Drive 360 is .... more>>
Aquarium fined over illegal wildlife trafficking  
By Jason Holland

Idaho Aquarium in the US has been sentenced after pleading guilty to conspiring to harvest, transport and sell illegal wildlife. Under a plea agreement, the non-profit aquarium in Boise, .... more>>
Wright & Wright Architects to design Geffrye Museum development  
By Katie Buckley

The Geffrye Museum has named Wright & Wright Architects to lead the design of its £14m (€17m, US$23m) development scheme. The project will create new spaces for the museum’s collections .... more>>
Hitler museum launches design contest  
By Jason Holland

A museum charting the history of National Socialism in Germany has launched an open design contest for its £14m ($23.5m, €17m) expansion project. The .... more>>

Plans revealed for New Doha Zoo

Zoo news:
Plans revealed for New Doha Zoo

A masterplan design has been revealed for the New Doha Zoo in Qatar, with the 75-hectare attraction planned to provide visitors with a sustainable focus on the natural and climatic features of three different continents
Science in the sky

Science in the sky

We talk to Techmania's CEO Vlastimil Volak and designer Glenn Smith about the opening of the first 3D Planetarium in the Czech Republic
River tales

Mystery Shopper:
River tales

Jennifer Harbottle explore's Asia's first river-themed wildlife park with her family
Ronaldo opens Ronaldo museum

Museum and gallery news:
Ronaldo opens Ronaldo museum

Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has announced that he is opening a museum devoted to himself

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Merlin reports steady growth in 2013

Attractions news:
Merlin reports steady growth in 2013

Merlin Entertainments plc enjoyed a positive year in 2013, with the attractions company reporting like-for-like revenue growth of 6.7 per cent
Industry Viewpoints

IAAPA 2013 show report:
Industry Viewpoints

What were the hot topics and trends being discussed at the show?
Green paradise

Eco development:
Green paradise

We look at the early plans for an eco
Science centre seeks new home

Science centre news:
Science centre seeks new home

An educational group looking to acquire an art museum in Aspen, Colorado, US, wants to transform it into a new not-for- profit science centre
Attractions product news

Tornado water slide blasts into Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas

Tornado water slide blasts into Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas


Thrill-seekers visiting Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas will be able to experience the Tornado – an extreme funnel water slide that simulates a natural storm – when the park opens for its second season on 12 April.
DJW installs new AV system at historic Dorset hotspot

DJW installs new AV system at historic Dorset hotspot


AV specialist DJ Willrich (DJW) is helping visitors get closer to nature at one of the South Coast's most historic hotspots.
Neptune-Benson to supply its Defender filtration system to Chinese waterpark

Neptune-Benson to supply its Defender filtration system to Chinese waterpark


Water systems company Neptune-Benson is to supply its award-winning Defender® aquatic filtration system to the La Viva Waterpark in north east China.
Museum product news

Imagineear sends in the cavalry with interactive audioguide

Imagineear sends in the cavalry with interactive audioguide


Imagineear has developed an interactive audioguide for the Household Cavalry museum, set to re-open in April 2014 following redevelopment.
App tracks Pompeii's devastation

App tracks Pompeii's devastation


Apadmi has created an app for The British Museum's Life and Death Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition.
Acoustiguide creates a Dickensian Christmas

Acoustiguide creates a Dickensian Christmas


Acoustiguide has launched its new Acoustiguide Mobile application at the Charles Dickens Museum, London, UK.
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