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01 Mar 2015 Attractions Management: industry news and jobs
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Salary: Competitive
Location: Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom
Company: Everyone Active
SeaQuarium Attraction Manager
Salary: £25,000 dependant on experience
Location: Weston-Super-Mare, United Kingdom
Company: SeaQuarium
Marketing Coordinator
Salary: Competitive
Location: Norwich, United Kingdom
Company: Bewilderwood
Hylands House Manager
Salary: Grade 10 - £39,741 - £42,399 pa
Location: Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Company: Chelmsford City Council
Entertainment Supervisor
Salary: -
Location: California-Carlsbad, United States
Company: LEGOLAND California
Salary: Competitive
Location: Minnesota-Bloomington, United States
Company: Sea Life
Guest Experience Manager
Salary: Competitive
Location: Nevada-Las Vegas, United States
Company: Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
Hotel Resident Manager
Salary: Competitive
Location: Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy
Company: Gardaland Resort
Aquarist Sea Life Jesolo
Salary: -
Location: Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy
Company: Gardaland Resort
Visitor Experience Supervisor
Salary: £14,650.00 per annum
Location: Hardwick Hall, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Company: National Trust
Hotel Operations Managers
Salary: Competitive
Location: Warrington, United Kingdom
Company: Gullivers Theme Park

in this issue

• David Stalker to step down as ukactive CEO
• Boutique market 'coming of age'
• Gleneagles Hotel and golf resort up for sale

Property & tenders
Outsourcing of Food and Beverage operation
Location: Cambridgeshire Company: MW Estates
Leisure Management Opportunity
Location: Company: Milton Keynes Council
Soft Market Testing Opportunity
Location: Company: Carmarthenshire County Council
Inverclyde Leisure IT Provision Partner
Location: Company: Inverclyde Leisure
Consultancy Services
Location: Company: Three Rivers District Council
Inverclyde Leisure Development Partner
Location: Inverclyde Company: Inverclyde Leisure
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
Sandbanks Recreational Business Opportunities
Location: Company: Borough of Poole
Market Sounding
Location: Poole, Dorset Company: Borough of Poole
Sports facility provision
Location: Company: Borough of Poole
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
Feasibility study next big step for proposed US$120m Jacksonville Aquarium  
Feasibility study next big step for proposed US$120m Jacksonville Aquarium

By Tom Anstey

Jacksonville Florida's chances of getting a world-scale aquarium in a downtown location have taken a step forward with the news that a feasibility study is about to be launched – it's a significant step forward for a project that has been two years .... more>>
South Africa's largest waterpark to anchor Scottburgh development  
South Africa's largest waterpark to anchor Scottburgh development

By Tom Anstey

Work on a major development, centred around what will be South Africa’s largest waterpark, will start in January 2016 according to the company behind the multi-million dollar project. To be located in the town of Scottburgh – tipped by some as the next hot tourist destination for South Africa – the park will .... more>>

Kris Yoa | Artech wins contest for New Taipei City Museum of Art  
By Tom Anstey

Kris Yoa | Artech has been selected to design the New Taipei City Museum of Art after winning an architectural contest with .... more>>
Work to start on US$19m California planetarium development  
By Tom Anstey

Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, will start work this year on a US$19m (€16.8m, £12.3m) planetarium .... more>>
Merlin posts strong end of year results after successful 2014  
By Tom Anstey

Merlin Entertainments has posted strong end of year results, recording a compounded annual growth rate from 2010 to 2014 of 12.6 per cent. Over the year, Merlin generated £1.25bn (US$1.9bn, €1.7bn) in revenue, posting a .... more>>
Bob Chapek to head up Disney's theme park division  
By Tom Anstey

The Walt Disney Company has named company veteran Bob Chapek as its new chair of Parks and Resorts, succeeding Thomas Staggs, who this month was appointed chief operating officer for Disney. Chapek, who has been with .... more>>
Zoos SA outlines 20-year masterplan for major zoos  
By Tom Anstey

Zoos South Australia (ZSA) has unveiled a 20-year masterplan for the proposed transformation of both its Adelaide and Monarto Zoos. The plans, drawn up by .... more>>
4D film based on Lego Movie coming to Lego theme parks and Discovery Centres  
By Tom Anstey

Merlin Entertainments has announced it will be bringing a new 4D animated film based on the popular Lego Movie franchise to come exclusively to all of its Legoland theme parks and .... more>>
Thailand’s US$60m Dino Waterpark takes shape as slides installed  
By Alice Davis

A US$60m (£39m, €52m) waterpark under construction in northern Thailand has begun installing its rides. Dino Waterpark, .... more>>
SO-IL and Freaks to redesign historic glass factory site  
By Tom Anstey

SO-IL and Freaks Freearchitects have jointly won an architectural competition to redesign a glass museum and gallery on the site of an 18th century factory in .... more>>
Captive cetacean debate  
By Tom Anstey

The captive cetacean debate has reared its head again following the death of a beluga whale – loaned to Orlando SeaWorld from Vancouver Aquarium – after an .... more>>
Over 18s waterpark coming to BH Mallorca as part of €10m redevelopment  
By Tom Anstey

Following a takeover by the Cursach Hotel Group, the former Mallorca Rocks hotel is undergoing a €10m (US$11.3m, £7.4m) .... more>>
Leisure Media unveils new CLAD titles for leisure architects, designers, investors and developers  
By Jak Phillips

Leisure Media, the global media business for professionals working across all the leisure industries, has announced the launch of a new raft of publications for leisure architects, designers, investors and developers. The company has set up a new global division called CLAD - the Community of Leisure Architects and Designers - to control the .... more>>
Comcast confirms King Kong for Universal Orlando  
By Tom Anstey

Comcast – the parent company of Universal – has confirmed that King Kong will be returning to Universal Orlando as a new visitor attraction. In August 2014, .... more>>
Historical attractions most important for UK's holiday makers  
By Tom Anstey

A new survey from QHotels has discovered that historical attractions are the most important factor for tourists when choosing a mini break destination in the UK. 55 per cent of the 2,225 .... more>>

Product Focus

Product Focus

The latest from the waterpark industry, plus product innovations
The Ride Makers

The Ride Makers

In the first of a new series, industry-leading manufacturers tell us about the latest trends and innovations in thrill coasters
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
BBC show boosts Chester Zoo

Zoos & Aquariums News:
BBC show boosts Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo’s managing director Jamie Christon has said the hit BBC show, Our Zoo, has provided the equivalent of around £30m ($48.1m, €38m) in free PR for the visitor attraction in the north of England
Kooza Came to Town

Theme Parks:
Kooza Came to Town

PortAventura’s general manager on the Spanish park’s partnership with celebrated circus troupe Cirque du Soleil and its Kooza show
Helsinki Guggenheim concepts unveiled

Museums & Galleries News:
Helsinki Guggenheim concepts unveiled

Multiple images for each of the 1,715 entries for the Guggenheim coming to Helsinki, Finland, have been released by the museum, with a huge number of anonymous stage-one entries showcased
Queen launches Science Museum gallery

Science Centres News:
Queen launches Science Museum gallery

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were in attendance 25 October for the landmark launch of the London Science Museum’s new £16m ($26m, €20m) Communications Gallery
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

The Juice-distributed 4D film wins US award

The Juice-distributed 4D film wins US award


A new ride film from The Juice has won a Silver Telly Award in a US ceremony. ‘Aerobatic Challenge’ from Crazybridge Studios was selected as a winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards.
Symetrix sounded out for Madame Tussauds audio job

Symetrix sounded out for Madame Tussauds audio job


Madame Tussauds’ Singapore site is now using a Symetrix ‘SymNet Radius’ 12x8-centric audio processing and distribution infrastructure.
Avoid the attacking zombies in Niceberg’s fear-inducing film

Avoid the attacking zombies in Niceberg’s fear-inducing film


A scary ride through an endless zombie forest, ‘Lost in Fear’ is a new 4D film from Niceberg Studios.
Museum product news

Complexity of integration helps tell Dutch museum’s story

Complexity of integration helps tell Dutch museum’s story


Rapenburg Plaza has developed a fully integrated lighting design, multimedia, audio and show control system at the recently-opened National Military Museum in the Netherlands.
Protective solution helps preserve museum textile collections

Protective solution helps preserve museum textile collections


Art galleries and museums may be able to share their textile treasures with a wider audience if a new protective solution is used.
London museum selects Syx leisure management software

London museum selects Syx leisure management software


An anthropological museum in London has selected software from Syx Automations to manage its ticketing, membership and events.
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