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19 Apr 2014 Attractions Management: industry news and jobs
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Assistant Manager
Salary: Competitive
Location: Basildon, Essex
Company: The Original Bowling Company
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
Salary: Competitive
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
Visitor Services Manager
Salary: £24,000 - £25,000
Location: Leeds, United Kingdom
Company: Royal Armouries
Head of Commercial Development
Salary: £60,000 - £65,000 + benefits package
Location: Based London, United Kingdom
Company: Science Museum
Attraction Duty Manager
Salary: £20k - £22k
Location: Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Company: The Bournemouth Pier / Rock Reef Ltd
Attractions and Shows / Entertainments Manager
Salary: Up to £28k plus benefits
Location: Warwick, United Kingdom
Company: Warwick Castle
General Manager Designate
Salary: Competitive
Location: North West Region, United Kingdom
Company: Grosvenor Casinos
General Manager Designate
Salary: Competitive
Location: South West Region, United Kingdom
Company: Grosvenor Casinos

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• 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
Speculation soars around IPO of Merlin landlord Nick Leslau  
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 £1.5bn, according to press reports. Leslau, whose Merlin assets include Thorpe Park, Alton Towers and London’s Madame Tussauds, is being backed by .... more>>
$200m Orlando hub gets new name, opening date  
$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 being developed by Orlando-based Unicorp National Developments and New York-based Circle .... 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>>
Record investment in new European attractions  
By Jason Holland

European theme parks have made a record investment in new rides and attractions for 2014, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and .... more>>
Gruppe wins Museum of London's architecture competition  
By Katie Buckley

Zurich-based architects Gruppe, have been announced as the winners of a competition organised by the Architecture Foundation and the Museum of London (MOL). .... more>>
Zaha Hadid completes Dongdaemun Design Plaza  
By Katie Buckley

Work has been completed on the US$425m (€307m, £254m) Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in South Korea. ZHA won an international .... more>>
Sweden's proposed Nobel Centre comes up against opposition from local group 
By Tom Anstey

A heritage row has erupted over plans to build a permanent home and museum for the Nobel prize – the first in the award’s 114-year history. The new headquarters threaten two historic .... more>>
Aquarium plan tanks at community meeting  
By Jason Holland

Plans for a US$3m (€2.17m, £1.8m), 8,000ft (2,438m) aquarium in St. Augustine, Florida have been put on ice after local residents opposed the project. The .... more>>
Cowabunga Bay to open with added surf-themed sections  
By Jason Holland

Las Vegas waterpark Cowabunga Bay remains on track to open this summer – with Turkish designer Polin unveiling a new giant waterslide attraction. The US$23m (€16.7m, £13.8m) Cowabunga Bay .... more>>
New California wine museum learns from mistakes of the past  
By Jason Holland

A planned 15,000sq ft (1,394sq m) wine museum in California is aiming to uncork in summer 2015 – but must first raise $3-4m (€2.17-2.9m, £1.8-2.4m) in order to launch. The California Wine .... more>>
Visitor facility at Perth Zoo simulates face-to-face ape encounter  
By Jason Holland

Perth Zoo visitors can experience the sights, smells, and sounds of orangutans high up in the rainforest with the opening of a new AUS$3.6m ($3.4m, €2.45m, £2.03m) boardwalk visitor .... more>>
Good omens for record-breaking Banshee coaster  
By Jason Holland

The longest inverted rollercoaster in the world is opening in the US on Friday. The $24m Banshee will be the main attraction when the 2014 season at Kings .... more>>
Paris zoo champions biozone layout  
By Jason Holland

The completely rebuilt Parc Zoologique de Paris (Zoological Park of Paris) opened to visitors on Saturday 12 April – having undergone a transformation in not .... more>>

Panda Power

Panda Power

Jak Phillips investigates the lucrative world of panda leasing
The next wave

The next wave

Franceen Gonzales on the latest trends in waterpark entertainment

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Merlin and the money men

Merlin and the money men

Analyst Nigel Bland looks at how Merlin financed its way to the top
Mobile communications

Apps and audio guides:
Mobile communications

A look at the latest technology helping to make attractions a multi-media affair
3D printing

3D printing

The new wave of 3D printers can offer the attractions world exciting possibilities
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
Third Splash Kingdom for Texas

Waterpark news:
Third Splash Kingdom for Texas

Splash Kingdom Waterparks will be adding to its portfolio of Texas, US venues after Greenville City Council voted to allow the creation of a park off Interstate 30
River tales

Mystery Shopper:
River tales

Jennifer Harbottle explore's Asia's first river-themed wildlife park with her family
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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West Hall, Olympia, London, United Kingdom

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Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis , United States

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