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02 Aug 2014 Attractions Management: industry news and jobs
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Vice President - Regional Business Development
Salary: Competitive Six Figure Package
Location: North America, United States
Company: Picsolve

Admissions and Reservations Team Leader
Salary: £14,000 – £15,225 per annum
Location: York , United Kingdom
Company: JORVIK Viking Centre
Head Receptionist
Salary: Competitive
Location: Bolton, United Kingdom
Company: Grosvenor Casinos
Site Manager (Jorvik Group)
Salary: between £17,000 and £18,270 per annum
Location: York, United Kingdom
Company: JORVIK Viking Centre
Assistant Director of Operations
Salary: Negotiable
Location: NW England, United Kingdom
Company: Executives Online
Technical Manager
Salary: Competitive
Location: Ontario-Vaughan Mills, Canada
Company: LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto
Studios Manager
Salary: Competitive
Location: Florida-Orlando, United States
Company: Merlin Entertainments Group Ltd
Entertainments Supervisor
Salary: Competitive
Location: Arizona-Tempe, United States
Company: Sea Life
Digital Marketing and eCommerce Specialist
Salary: Competitive
Location: California-Carlsbad, United States
Company: LEGOLAND California
Head of Operations
Salary: Competitive annual salary
Location: London, United Kingdom
Company: EDF Energy London Eye
Sales Manager
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Location: Florida-Winter Haven, United States
Company: LEGOLAND Florida
Duty Manager
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Location: California-San Francisco, United States
Company: Madame Tussauds San Francisco

in this issue

• Pure Gym to push expansion despite failed merger
• ukactive criticises NICE guidelines
• Maiden voyage for Titanic Hotel

Property & tenders
Leisure Management Business Opportunity
Location: Company: Powys County Council
Expression of interest for golf service
Location: Company: Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Rhyl Coastal Facilities Expressions of Interest
Location: North Wales Company: Denbighshire County Council
Leisure Contract Briefing Day
Location: Hornchurch, London Company: London Borough of Havering
Tender for the sole concession to trade in ice creams, cold drinks and confectionery
Location: Milton Keynes Company: The Parks Trust
Adventure Play and Day Nursery - Freehold
Location: Company: Christie + Co
Request for Quotations
Location: Company: Bridgend County Borough Council
A fantastic opportunity to acquire a prime Family Entertainment Centre
Location: Company: GVA
A Diverse Leisure Portfolio in the Mendip District of Somerset
Location: Company: GVA
Leisure Development Land for Sale
Location: Company: Carmarthenshire County Council
Attractive Mixed Holiday Park Within Beautiful Tourist Location For Sale
Location: Blairgowrie, Perth and Kinross Company: Colliers International
Inverclyde Leisure is inviting Fitness Equipment supplier to tender for the supply and Delivery of our Fitness and resistance equipment
Location: Company: Inverclyde Leisure
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News headlines
Multiple attraction launches in first half of 2014 spur on Merlin's profit numbers  
Multiple attraction launches in first half of 2014 spur on Merlin's profit numbers

By Tom Anstey

Merlin Entertainments has posted its half year results through to 28 June 2014, marking a 10 per cent growth in operating profit compared to the same period last year. Operating profits for the attractions operator increased to £71m (US$119.8m, €89.5m) for the first half of the year, compared to £64m (£108m, €80.7m) profit from the same period in 2013. Visitor .... more>>
Palestine Museum on schedule despite ongoing Gaza conflict  
Palestine Museum on schedule despite ongoing Gaza conflict

By Tom Anstey

Plans for a museum to be built in Palestine remains on schedule to open in 2016 – despite the major escalating conflict in the region. Designed by .... more>>

BIG to design freedom-focused safari experience for Givskud Zoo, Denmark  
By Katie Buckley

Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG) has been commissioned to design a new form of enclosure at Givskud Zoo, Denmark – Zootopia. Zootopia is based on the concept of man .... more>>
Noah's Ark theme park to push forward despite controversy  
By Tom Anstey

Plans for a controversial US$120m (£71m, €86.5m) Old Testament theme park in Kentucky, US, based around a central Noah’s Arc .... more>>
£3m HLF grant for Scotland national parks includes youth training  
By Tom Anstey

A £3m (US$5m, €3.78m) grant given to two of Scotland’s national parks will be used in-part to help train young people for a future working to preserve the country’s outdoor attractions. .... more>>
Significant part of Eastbourne Pier destroyed in fire  
By Tom Anstey

A large part of Eastbourne Pier was reduced to a burned out shell yesterday (30 July) after a blazing inferno tore through the Grade II-listed structure, destroying a significant amount of .... more>>
Bulgarian designer unveils innovative concept for diving complex  
By Katie Buckley

Mocked up for his project called ‘The Art of Diving,' Bulgarian-based designer Kristian Terziev has designed a new diving centre-cum-public space to showcase .... more>>
BREAKING: Fire rips through Eastbourne Pier  
By Tom Anstey

A fire has engulfed the historic Eastbourne Pier in Sussex, UK. About 60 firefighters are battling the blaze, which broke out in the arcade building. The Grade II listed pier has been .... more>>
Baltics' largest theme park opens on former Soviet missile base  
By Tom Anstey

The largest theme park in the Baltics opened in Pärnu, Estonia on Saturday (26 July), based around the Estonian children’s series Lotte. Showcasing .... more>>
VAT rate puts British tourism at 'disadvantage' says Merlin's Nick Varney  
By Jak Phillips

In the wake of a new report which says cutting the value added tax (VAT) rate on visitor accommodation and attractions would massively boost the UK’s tourism economy, Merlin CEO Nick Varney has said that the current VAT rate .... more>>
V&A museum launches UK photography training scheme for regional museums  
By Tom Anstey

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is launching a two-year pilot training scheme to enable regional museums in the UK to develop their photography collections .... more>>
Puss in Boots coming to Universal Studios Singapore  
By Tom Anstey

Universal Studios Singapore has announced plans for a Puss In Boots-themed suspended roller coaster. To be located in the Shrek-themed ‘Far .... more>>
Armed looters and violence putting Egypt's heritage at risk of being 'lost forever'  
By Tom Anstey

Egypt’s heritage sector is in disarray following revolution and the collapse of the country’s government in 2011, with armed gangs, looters and general .... more>>
UNESCO raises concerns about Irish heritage site being used for new Star Wars film  
By Tom Anstey

UNESCO has enquired about whether appropriate authorisation was granted for the use of World Heritage site Skellig Michael as a film set for the latest .... more>>
Ellensburg US$80m waterpark and hotel plans finally off the ground as funding is secured  
By Tom Anstey

After nearly a decade of delays, plans for a waterpark in Ellensburg, Washington, US, look finally set to go ahead, with developers saying that construction should begin in a matter of .... more>>

Multi story

Multimedia and AV:
Multi story

A round up of some of the latest multimedia and AV projects
Notts Castle eyes £24m revamp

Heritage news:
Notts Castle eyes £24m revamp

A Trust has been established to help push forward £24m (US$40.4m, €29.1m) plans for the regeneration of Nottingham Castle in the UK
Product focus

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Product focus

The latest products for the industry


A review of the fifth annual IMERSA conference held in Denver, Colorado
Olympic Movement

Olympic Movement

Director Francis Gabet describes how The Olympic Museum's extensive refurbishment reflects the excitement and diveristy of the modern Games
Puy du Fou-style park for Auckland Castle

Theme park news:
Puy du Fou-style park for Auckland Castle

French theme park Puy du Fou has announced it will partner with Auckland Castle in the UK to create its first international location
Beautiful minds

Beautiful minds

The founders of MoMath, the New York Museum of Mathematics, tell us how they're on a mission to get ordinary people to fall in love with maths
Ecsite 2014

Show preview:
Ecsite 2014

A look ahead to this year's conference for science centres
Mario Mamon

Mario Mamon

The current chair of IAAPA talks about his role with the organisation, doubling the size of family theme park Enchanted Kingdom in the Philippines and the devastation of Super Typhoon Haiyan
Attractions product news

Jora Entertainment announces two new productions

Jora Entertainment announces two new productions


A cowboys and Indians show with a twist and an animal adventure are the themes for Jora Entertainment’s two latest productions.
Defender system saves California water park

Defender system saves California water park


California’s City of Antioch Waterpark has reported a saving of more than 250,000 gallons of water in one month after using Neptune Benson’s Defender filtration system.
4D theatre is launchpad for Angry Birds Land’s success

4D theatre is launchpad for Angry Birds Land’s success


Simworx has created the world’s first Angry Birds 4D experience theatre as part of the new themed area based on the popular game at Thorpe Park Resort.
Museum product news

Formula D AV design to show wonders of the Gulf Stream

Formula D AV design to show wonders of the Gulf Stream


A South African design consortium led by Formula D Interactive has won a contract to design and build an interactive audiovisual environment at a Miami science museum.
Attractions software specialist Gamma Dataware acquired by Access Group

Attractions software specialist Gamma Dataware acquired by Access Group


Business management software company Access Group has acquired leisure solutions specialist Gamma Dataware.
Three new contracts for Syx Automations

Three new contracts for Syx Automations


Syx Automations has been selected by Royal Museums Greenwich to become its software partner, among a number of recent contract wins for the company.
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International Play Company was established in 1999. Iplayco Corporation Ltd is the owner and key stakeholder.

Commercial play structures; playground equipment; custom theming; FEC development; soft toddler play; climbing walls; sport courts; air trek; ballistic ball shooters; tuff stuff; soft sculpted foam play; toddler rinks; jungle gyms; and playframes.
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