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22 Jan 2019
ClassPass acquires Asian aggregator GuavaPass
ClassPass acquires Asian aggregator GuavaPass   Fitness subscription service ClassPass acquired GuavaPass, a fitness aggregator operating in Asia and the Middle East. ClassPass will take over GuavaPass' operations in 11 cities across the two regions, including Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Singapore. GuavaPass founders Jeffrey .... More>>
21 Jan 2019
Chicago residences to get first-of-its-kind halotherapy facility
Chicago residences to get first-of-its-kind halotherapy facility   The 1000M South Michigan property in Chicago, Illinois is set to become the first residential building in the US to introduce a Himalayan Salt Room. The new amenity will be a major wellness feature of the 74-story, Helmut Jahn-designed complex, which is expected to break ground later this year. In addition to .... More>>
21 Jan 2019
New wireless system adds to the magic at Disneyland Paris
New wireless system adds to the magic at Disneyland Paris   In a move that takes Disneyland Paris somewhat closer to its Florida brother in terms of technological sophistication, the French theme park has launched a new wireless system allowing guests to pay more easily for everything from park tickets to food. Since it opened in 1992, Disneyland Paris has used paper .... More>>
21 Jan 2019
Bosalavage named to Green Spa Network Board
Bosalavage named to Green Spa Network Board   The Green Spa Network (GSN) has appointed Wendy Bosalavage, president of LIVunLtd, to its board of directors in the role of treasurer. A pioneer in the health and wellness industry, Bosalavage serves on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards, and also currently serves as vice chair of the Global Wellness .... More>>
21 Jan 2019
Major new waterpark opens doors in Johannesburg
Major new waterpark opens doors in Johannesburg   A major new waterpark operation has opened its doors in Johannesburg, South Africa, with the US$36m (€31.8m, £28m) Happy Island Waterworld offering among its attractions, the continent's largest wave pool. Opened to the public on 27 December as a soft launch, the park – owned and operated by South African .... More>>
21 Jan 2019
Greensboro Science Centre expansion pushes forward with new attractions to open this year
Greensboro Science Centre expansion pushes forward with new attractions to open this year   Work is progressing on the expansion of the Greensboro Science Centre (GSC) in North Carolina, US, with a number of new additions scheduled to open in 2019 as part of the multi-million dollar project. The centre, which comprises a museum, planetarium, zoo and aquarium is creating a number of new exhibits, .... More>>
21 Jan 2019
UK culture gets £20m investment
UK culture gets £20m investment   Local culture, heritage and creative industries in five parts of the UK are set to benefit from a share of £20m (US$25.77m, €22.65m), with funding awarded by the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The money is being distributed through the Cultural Development Fund (CDF), .... More>>
21 Jan 2019
Travel and attractions affected as US government shutdown bites deeper
Travel and attractions affected as US government shutdown bites deeper   The body representing tourism in the US, has said that the ongoing shutdown of the US government is starting to impact the travel sector. Worth an estimated US$2.4tn (€2.11tn, £1.86 tn) to the US economy, the travel industry accounts for one in every nine US jobs, according to US Travel – the organisation that .... More>>
21 Jan 2019
New Welsh Luxury Lodges with views that inspired Dylan Thomas to include £8m spa
New Welsh Luxury Lodges with views that inspired Dylan Thomas to include £8m spa   UK-based Luxury Lodges will introduce the latest addition to their portfolio of self-catering accommodation in Laugharne, on the south coast of Carmarthenshire, Wales, in the summer of 2019. Built at a cost of more than £30m, Luxury Lodges Laugharne will feature an on-site Milkwood Spa set at the heart of the .... More>>
18 Jan 2019
New plans released for Sacramento's Powerhouse Science Center
New plans released for Sacramento's Powerhouse Science Center   Renderings have been released for a new science centre and planetarium coming to Sacramento, California, in 2020. Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture in Sacramento was tasked with designing a site that would adapt a prominent landmark in the city - a historic riverfront power station next to Interstate 5 - for use .... More>>
18 Jan 2019
New aquarium to open in Montenegro in 2020
New aquarium to open in Montenegro in 2020   Montenegro’s Institute of Marine Biodiversity is building an aquarium, with the new attraction to sit underneath the Marine Biodiversity Conservation Centre in the coastal town of Kotor. Aquarium Boka will have 16 pools across 250sq m (2,690sq ft) and will comprise three main areas when it opens to the public in .... More>>
18 Jan 2019
Eddie Kemsley returns to Dreamland as CEO
Eddie Kemsley returns to Dreamland as CEO   Dreamland – the heritage theme park in Margate, England – has confirmed the reappointment of its former chief executive officer Eddie Kemsley to the same position, two years after she left the business to take over at Kidzania London. Dreamland has struggled financially in recent years, with the park falling .... More>>
18 Jan 2019
Canadian National Gallery CEO Marc Mayer steps down
Canadian National Gallery CEO Marc Mayer steps down   Marc Mayer is stepping down as director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada today to pursue new challenges, following a 10-year stint in the role. During his tenure, Mayer has raised close to CA$29m (US$21.9m, €19.2m, £16.9m) for the gallery, led the renovation of the Canadian Pavilion in Venice and .... More>>
18 Jan 2019
Migliore+Servetto plan new leisure-focused waterfront in South Korea
Migliore+Servetto plan new leisure-focused waterfront in South Korea   Italian architecture studio Migliore+Servetto have revealed renderings of their proposal to transform an abandoned, oceanfront railroad into a scenographic linear park in Busan, South Korea. The redevelopment project – called the "Blue Line Park" – will cover an area of 5 km and comprise a series of .... More>>
17 Jan 2019
Jora Vision creating immersive wine attraction for Hameau Dubœuf
Jora Vision creating immersive wine attraction for Hameau Dubœuf   French wine museum Hameau Dubœuf is to get a new immersive experience courtesy of Dutch attraction design and build specialist Jora Vision. The experience, called Mon Beaujolais, will tell the 2000-year history of winemaking in the Beaujolais region through a character called Toine, a fictional winegrower who has .... More>>
17 Jan 2019
Kiev’s Museum of the Great Famine: design renderings revealed
Kiev’s Museum of the Great Famine: design renderings revealed   Design renderings of the future Museum of the Great Famine in Kiev, Ukraine, have been released by Polish studio Nizio Design International, which is working with the Ukrainian design studio Project Systems on the development. The Great Famine, or Holodomor as it's known in Ukraine, claimed millions of victims .... More>>
17 Jan 2019
Work starts on major leisure and green space district in Cairo
Work starts on major leisure and green space district in Cairo   Work has started on a major development in Egypt's capital, with the country's Prime Minister on-hand for the Green River Park's groundbreaking. Set to be one of the world’s largest parks, Green River is a major aspect of Egypt’s development of a new administrative capital to the east of Cairo. Stretching .... More>>
17 Jan 2019
Kanye West lends support to James Turrell's Roden Crater installation
Kanye West lends support to James Turrell's Roden Crater installation   Transdisciplinary designer and musician Kanye West has donated US$10m (€8.7m, £7.7m) to help fund the still unfinished Roden Crater – an atmospheric complex situated within a 400,000-year-old volcano in Arizona. Designed by American artist James Turrell in the 1970s, the subterranean space, which – some have .... More>>
17 Jan 2019
Waterpark included in expansion plans as US$1.3bn takeover bid launched for Pennsylvania casino
Waterpark included in expansion plans as US$1.3bn takeover bid launched for Pennsylvania casino   Sands Bethlehem – the hotel and casino resort in Pennsylvania, US, subject to a US$1.3bn (€1.14bn, £1.1bn) acquisition bid by Wind Creek Hospitality – could be expanded with a second hotel and indoor waterpark if the buyer’s plans go forward. Currently owned by Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands organisation, .... More>>
17 Jan 2019
US zoos, WildAid and Kung Fu Panda unite to combat illegal wildlife trade
US zoos, WildAid and Kung Fu Panda unite to combat illegal wildlife trade   The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is to team up with environmental organisation WildAid to launch a campaign featuring popular DreamWorks IP Kung Fu Panda to combat the illegal wildlife trade. Aiming to educate children and families about the illegal wildlife trade and the detrimental effects it .... More>>
17 Jan 2019
FAAB Architektura present concept for revamped WWII museum in Poland
FAAB Architektura present concept for revamped WWII museum in Poland   Polish firm FAAB Architektura have revealed plans to extend the Museum of Pawiak Prison (MPP) in Warsaw. The renovated building, which will occupy the former grounds of the largest Nazi-run internment centre in Poland, will take the shape of a three-storey polyhedron and feature new exhibition spaces, a .... More>>
16 Jan 2019
Feliciano-Chon, Soma named co-chairs of 2019 GWS
Feliciano-Chon, Soma named co-chairs of 2019 GWS   The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has named Catherine Feliciano-Chon – a leading brand development and communications expert with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai – and Tokyo-based spa/wellness investor and entrepreneur Yoriko Soma to co-chair the 2019 Summit, which is set to take place 15-17 October a the Grand .... More>>
16 Jan 2019
MVRDV reveal vision for Taiwanese 'Times Square'
MVRDV reveal vision for Taiwanese 'Times Square'   Dutch architecture practice MVRDV have unveiled renderings of an eye-catching twin tower development planned for central Taipei. Dubbed a "Times Square for Taiwan" the firm's Twin Towers, which will occupy defunct or underused areas around Taipei's main station, will feature two cinemas and hotels, as well as a .... More>>
16 Jan 2019
American Alliance of Museums to launch diversity initiative
American Alliance of Museums to launch diversity initiative   The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) has launched a US$4m (€3.5m, £3.1m) initiative to diversify museum boards and leadership. Called 'Facing Change: Advancing Museum Board Diversity and Inclusion', it will provide training and resources to museum leaders to "build inclusive cultures within their institutions .... More>>
16 Jan 2019
Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa gets wellness makeover
Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa gets wellness makeover   US-based design studio SALT + BONES have completed a wellness renovation of The Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa in Sausalito, California. The overhaul, which – the architects said – was inspired both by the sea and by "the materials of luxury yachts" – saw the creation of a lobby, courtyard, and nine wellness guest .... More>>
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