21 Jul 2017 | Digital editions, magazines, websites, e-zines, handbooks and contract publishing for the leisure industry

Attractions Management issue 2, 2017 is now out!

Blogs:

Attractions Management bloggers:

Liz Terry
CEO,
Leisure Media

Kate Cracknell
editor-at-large,
Health Club Management

Eva McDiarmid
Chief Executive,
ASVA

Kurt Janson
Policy Director,
Tourism Alliance

Ufi Ibrahim
Chief Executive,
British Hospitality Association

Aleatha Ezra
Director of park member development,
World Waterpark Association

Jennifer Fields
Communications Coordinator,
Association of Zoos and Aquariums

John Goodbody
Sports Journalist

Sam Coulstock
Customer Relationship Director,
Springboard

Tim Lewthwaite
Publications manager,
Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Maria Zolotonosa
Project Manager,
Ecsite

Linda Cendes
Program Assistant, Comms,
AZA

Julie Becker
Communications and Events Manager,
Ecsite

Michel Buchel
President of Ecsite and CEO of NEMO, Amsetrdan,
NEMO

Hannah Carmichael
Membership Services Manager,
BALPPA

Antonio Gomes Da Costa
Co-ordinator of PLACES,
Ecsite

Jean-Baptiste Desbois
Director General,
Cité de l'espace

Hans Gubbels
Director,
Continium Discovery Center, NL

Maya Halevy
Director,
Bloomfield Science Museum, Jerusalem

Sheena Laursen
Director of international Affairs,
Experimentarium

Adrian Mahon
Chair,
BALPPA

Valentina Montalto
EU consultant,
KEA European Affairs

Matt Partridge
Executive board member,
CLOA

Malcolm Roughead
Chief Executive,
VisitScotland

Lucy Schweingruber
Fundraising and Events Manager,
Ecsite

Andrew Wade
Partner,
Lawrence Graham LLP

Duncan Wood-Allum
Director,
Sport, Leisure and Culture Consultancy

Good deeds quietly done

by Liz Terry

When illness strikes, it’s normality which suffers, along with time with loved ones and family fun. But there are charities working hard to mend this gap, by offering seriously ill children and adults the opportunity for days out, with all the care they need to make these the best they can be. [more...]

Shifting practices and techniques in face-to-face facilitation

by Brad Irwin

The thinking around face-to-face interactions in science centres and museums is changing. Previously, “explainer” was the go-to-noun for people who interacted with the public within our institutions, the key figures who were responsible for connecting scientific ideas to visitors’ hearts and minds in new and meaningful ways. [more...]

Every waterpark has a story – make sure your staff are telling it

by Aleatha Ezra

Hundreds of waterpark professionals came together for the World Waterpark Association Show, held from 11-14 October in New Orleans, Louisiana. [more...]

Four facilities host US Department of State’s first Zoohackathon

by Jennifer Fields

Poaching and wildlife trafficking are decimating populations of animals such as elephants, rhinoceroses, and tigers. The US government is working with governments and members of the public around the world to reduce demand of these products. [more...]

High-tech Place-Shifting is a new dimension for attractions to explore

by Liz Terry

New technology is giving us the power to Place-Shift experiences to create on-demand, immersive attractions in any location. Combining live streaming, haptics, AR and virtual reality with authentic artefacts and storytelling, this thinking will open up huge new markets for growth. [more...]

New trends drive up attendance in waterpark industry

by Aleatha Ezra

The TEA/AECOM Theme and Museum Index was recently released, charting attendance figures in the global attractions industry in 2015. [more...]

Education is the only antidote to disease of fear and hatred

by Michel Buchel

People feel uncertain and scared amid current events in Europe and beyond, including the Brexit, the coup in Turkey, racial tensions in the US and terrorist attacks around the globe. These events impact on our daily lives as global trends increasingly influence local situations. [more...]

Aquariums and zoos fight to save critically endangered vaquita

by Jennifer Fields

With approximately 60 individuals left in the upper Gulf of California, the vaquita is one of 10 signature species included in AZA’s Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) programme. The AZA community is focusing expertise and resources on projects to ensure this critically endangered small porpoise species is not lost forever. [more...]

How is your science centre responding to the refugee crisis?

by Julie Becker

No one can ignore the headlines. Migrants have been arriving in Europe in unusually large numbers, causing reactions from unconditional solidarity to pure xenophobia – and all the complex shades in between. [more...]

AZA training course equips future leaders of zoos and aquariums

by Jennifer Fields

It’s imperative that the next generation of executive directors of AZA-accredited zoological facilities are trained, educated, and prepared to lead their communities in environmental stewardship while advancing their facility with strong business and operational skills. [more...]

Waterpark professionals benefit from finding a work-life balance

by Aleatha Ezra

In October, the World Waterpark Association hosted its 35th symposium and trade show in Palm Springs, California. Known for its in-depth education program and community-building networking events, the WWA Show welcomed attendees from 30 countries. [more...]

Staying ahead

by Liz Terry

After decades of crazy inventions being the stuff of sci-fi, this year marks the point where they hit the mainstream, with affordable tech coming to market in everything from VR to drones, robots and augmented reality. We need to grab it with both hands, figure it out and make it our own. [more...]

Are you connected?

by Eva McDiarmid

Scottish Government has a ‘Scottish Business Pledge’ that it wants us all to sign up to. Within it there are a number of elements, some are simply good, common sense and some are just aspirational. But on the face of it, as over- arching points there is little to argue with, it’s just that the aspirational elements will remain just that unless government leads at a macro level. [more...]

Seasonality

by Eva McDiarmid

Towards the end of last month, Easyjet started actively engaging with Greek tourism leaders to try to encourage hotels, restaurants and other parts of the industry to stay open during October and November and reopen in March not May, as is currently the case. For all of us here trying to grow the season, it may come as a surprise that many Greek businesses close at the end of September and remain closed until May – a short five month season. [more...]

BE THERE! ASVA conference 2015

by Eva McDiarmid

The interest in this year's conference has been amazing, it looks like we've taken a record number of bookings so early. We are not at capacity – yet – but it looks like we are heading that way, which is just great! [more...]

Value of domestic breaks

by Eva McDiarmid

Research undertaken recently by ATS Euromaster, and published at the end of last month, found that 75 per cent of Brits plan to take a holiday in the UK this year. The sample size was 2000 and also found that of those who had already been away, 72 per cent had stayed in the UK. [more...]

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