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18 Apr 2019
£15m waterpark opens in Wales ahead of Easter weekend
£15m waterpark opens in Wales ahead of Easter weekend   A new £15m (US$19.5m, €17.3m) waterpark has opened its doors to the public in Rhyl, Wales, with three flumes for thrillseekers to enjoy. SC2, which stretches across 1,200sq m (13,000sq ft), opened on 12 April and welcomed more than 2,000 visitors over the weekend. It will be this weekend, however, with .... More>>
18 Apr 2019
GWI’s ATM agenda to focus on medical and wellness tourism
GWI’s ATM agenda to focus on medical and wellness tourism   The agenda for the Global Wellness Institute’s (GWI) Wellness Symposium at the 2019 Arabian Travel Market (ATM) has been set and will feature experts in both medical tourism and wellness tourism, who will explore emerging trends and opportunities in both sectors. Attendees will also hear the latest GWI .... More>>
18 Apr 2019
Lithuania’s Spa Hotel Esé invites millennials to tell their own story
Lithuania’s Spa Hotel Esé invites millennials to tell their own story   International spa and wellness consultants The E77 Company are working on a spa hotel in Lithuania designed specifically for millennial customers, which is due to open in late summer 2019. The Spa Hotel Esé – pronounced ‘essay’ – will be located in the spa town of Birštonas, surrounded by pine forests and the .... More>>
18 Apr 2019
Elton John makes significant V&A donation for photography collaboration
Elton John makes significant V&A donation for photography collaboration   London’s V&A Museum has announced a partnership with Elton John and his husband, David Furnish, that will see its Gallery 101 in the newly opened V&A Photography Centre renamed 'The Sir Elton John and David Furnish Gallery'. The musician and his husband have also made a huge but undisclosed donation to the .... More>>
18 Apr 2019
Line-Inc create eclectic home away from home in landmark from the days of Imperial Japan
Line-Inc create eclectic home away from home in landmark from the days of Imperial Japan   Tokyo-based architecture studio Line-Inc have transformed a 1930s-era hotel in Hokkaido, Japan into the Unwind Hotel and Bar Otaru. Erstwhile known as the Etchuya Hotel, the building was originally designed by Japanese architect Kuniharu Karasawa, who devised its master plan during the country's pre-war period .... More>>
18 Apr 2019
Climate Emergency campaign draws support from UK culture sector
Climate Emergency campaign draws support from UK culture sector   More than 190 UK institutions and individuals from the arts and culture sectors have pledged their support to Culture Declares Emergency (CDE), which is part of the Climate Emergency Declaration campaign. The Museums Association, Somerset House, Battersea Arts Centre, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London National .... More>>
18 Apr 2019
Disney makes US$5m donation to Notre-Dame rebuild following blaze
Disney makes US$5m donation to Notre-Dame rebuild following blaze   Disney has donated US$5m (€4.4m, £3.8m) toward the restoration efforts of Notre-Dame Cathedral, following the huge fire that destroyed much of the iconic landmark in Paris, France. The 850-year-old Gothic building – a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the world’s most recognisable attractions, welcoming .... More>>
18 Apr 2019
French PM announces global design competition to restore Notre Dame
French PM announces global design competition to restore Notre Dame   Following the tragic destruction of Notre Dame's 19th-century spire, the French prime minister, Édouard Philippe, has invited architects to put forward ideas for its restoration. "The international competition will allow us to ask the question of whether we should even recreate the spire as it was conceived by .... More>>
18 Apr 2019
Mandarin Oriental’s Lago di Como spa takes inspiration from the pristine Italian lake
Mandarin Oriental’s Lago di Como spa takes inspiration from the pristine Italian lake   Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como opened this week, following the renovation of the historic lakefront property. The hotel is located in Blevio, and is surrounded by natural beauty, enjoying a private, serene setting on the sunlit shores of the lake, nestled within verdant botanical gardens. Mandarin Oriental .... More>>
17 Apr 2019
May date announced for Texas safari park opening
May date announced for Texas safari park opening   A new zoo and safari park is set to open in Texas, US, next month, with the Aggieland Safari describing itself as the "Serengeti of the South". The name "Aggie" is the term for a student at Texas A&M University. The safari park is owned and operated by the student body, born, it says, from "a love of animal .... More>>
17 Apr 2019
Opulent Mayfair residences to feature Jouin Manku-designed spa centre
Opulent Mayfair residences to feature Jouin Manku-designed spa centre   The Mayfair Park Residences, an upscale development currently under construction in London, will boast a variety of leisure facilities, including a spa created by French interior designer Jouin Manku. The new property, which overlooks Hyde Park, will comprise 26 one- to four-bedroom apartments as well as an .... More>>
17 Apr 2019
Zoo Knoxville plans US$18m reptiles and amphibian habitat
Zoo Knoxville plans US$18m reptiles and amphibian habitat   Zoo Knoxville in Tennessee, US, is to rehouse its reptiles and amphibians in a new US$18m (€15.9m, £13.8m) home. Called the amphibian and reptile conservation campus (ARCC), the new space will stretch across 2.5 acres, replacing the existing bird aviary, and will also allow for a new species of Cuban .... More>>
17 Apr 2019
IAAPA members meet with US lawmakers to press industry views
IAAPA members meet with US lawmakers to press industry views   Amusement ride safety, visa exchange visitor programmes and drone operation restrictions were among the key topics that attractions leaders were able to discuss with US lawmakers at IAAPA’s most recent Advocacy Days meeting in Washington, D.C. The two-day event (8-9 April 2019) gave US members of IAAPA the .... More>>
17 Apr 2019
US$1.2bn leisure airport with tallest indoor waterfall opens in Singapore
US$1.2bn leisure airport with tallest indoor waterfall opens in Singapore   The Moshe Safdie-designed Jewel Changi Airport – an atmospheric leisure complex and air terminus in Singapore – has finally opened its doors to the public. The result of a four-year construction process, the US$1.25bn (€1.1bn, £958m) structure is roofed by a unique glass and steel geodesic dome that links to its .... More>>
16 Apr 2019
Robert D Henry Architects blend salon, medispa, inviting guests to ‘linger longer’
Robert D Henry Architects blend salon, medispa, inviting guests to ‘linger longer’   Architect Robert D Henry has created a salon and medical spa in upstate New York, integrating the two together. The 3,300sq ft location features custom millwork and lighting, as well as immersive sculptural styling stations, a “runway” separating salon functions, and shared reception and back-of-house support .... More>>
16 Apr 2019
Monarto Zoo to kick off Africa expansion project with development of AU$16.8m visitor centre
Monarto Zoo to kick off Africa expansion project with development of AU$16.8m visitor centre   Adelaide’s Monarto Zoo is to get a new AU$16.8m (US$12.1m, €10.7m, £9.2m) visitor centre, providing visitors with a "world-class" entrance to the visitor attraction. The project is the first phase of the Monarto Zoo Wild Africa expansion project, which will allow visitors to stay at Monarto Zoo for the first .... More>>
16 Apr 2019
Rock Hall amping up plans for US$30m expansion and Great Lakes Science Museum link
Rock Hall amping up plans for US$30m expansion and Great Lakes Science Museum link   The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, could soon be connected to the neighbouring Great Lakes Science Museum (GLSM) if its expansion plans are approved. The US$30m (€26.5m, £23m) plans, which will provide a weatherproof connection to GLSM via a glass enclosure along its waterfront .... More>>
16 Apr 2019
'I like art that's against the mainstream, slightly off, with a twist' says UNStudio's Caroline Bos
'I like art that's against the mainstream, slightly off, with a twist' says UNStudio's Caroline Bos   Speaking exclusively with CLAD, Caroline Bos, co-founder of Dutch architecture practice UNStudio, described her artistic influences and explained why she saw the Baroque-era sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini as a "role model". Born in the Netherlands, Caroline Bos studied art history at Birkbeck College of .... More>>
16 Apr 2019
El Paso breaks ground on three new waterparks
El Paso breaks ground on three new waterparks   Ground-breaking things are happening in El Paso, Texas. The city, famed for its desert landscape, is soon to break ground on its third new waterpark development in as many weeks. Late in March 2019, there was a ceremony for the Cohen water park in north-east El Paso – a site that will include slides, a lazy .... More>>
16 Apr 2019
Huge blaze badly damages historic Notre-Dame Cathedral
Huge blaze badly damages historic Notre-Dame Cathedral   Hundreds of millions of Euros have already been pledged to reconstruction, and priceless works of art and religious artefacts have been saved, after a major fire broke out at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris yesterday. The 850-year-old Gothic building – a Unesco World Heritage site – is one of the world’s most .... More>>
16 Apr 2019
REX reveal final "jewel box" design for future Necklace Residence
REX reveal final   New York-based architecture firm REX have released the last set of renderings for the Necklace Residence – a yet-to-be-realised multi-generational house that has been described as a "jewel box for individual lifestyles". Set to rise in Long Island, New York, the future 43,500 sq ft (4,041 sq m) living complex .... More>>
16 Apr 2019
EMS studio operator Bodystreet adds two locations – targets 200 UK sites by 2025
EMS studio operator Bodystreet adds two locations – targets 200 UK sites by 2025   Fitness studio operator Bodystreet has expanded its UK operations with the opening of two new studios. The franchise-based company has opened sites in Coventry and Edinburgh, bringing the number of properties in its portfolio to eight. Bodystreet studios offer a combination of personal training with electrical .... More>>
15 Apr 2019
Hilton debuts sprawling spa resort on Morocco's Atlantic coast
Hilton debuts sprawling spa resort on Morocco's Atlantic coast   International hospitality company Hilton Hotels and Resorts has opened the Tangier Al Houara Resort and Spa – a palatial getaway in Tangier, Morocco. The 304-key resort – the company's third property in Morocco – occupies 234 hectares of oceanfront land and boasts three swimming pools, as well as an 850 sq m .... More>>
15 Apr 2019
Le Blanc Spa Cancun undergoes multimillion-dollar renovation
Le Blanc Spa Cancun undergoes multimillion-dollar renovation   Palace Resorts has completed a multimillion-dollar renovation of Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun, the brand's flagship property, which includes a 30,957sq ft spa created in conjunction with Diana Mestre of Mestre & Mestre Spa & Wellness Consulting. Elias Architects completed extensive enhancements to its interiors .... More>>
15 Apr 2019
Donnington Valley launches gin-inspired spa package
Donnington Valley launches gin-inspired spa package   The spa at Donnington Valley Hotel in Newbury, Berkshire, UK has launched a new spa package inspired by gin. Called 'Spring into Gin', the package gives guests the opportunity to re-energise and relax in the Berkshire countryside, whilst celebrating 'the nation's favourite tipple'. The Spring into Gin .... More>>
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