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28 Jul 2017
Disney legend Marty Sklar dies aged 83
Disney legend Marty Sklar dies aged 83   Marty Sklar – the legendary Disney Imagineer and IAAPA Hall of Famer who played a part in the creation of almost every Disney theme park – has died aged 83. A 54-year career in which he started out in 1955 as a writer of The Disneyland News for the then newly-opened Disneyland, Sklar went on to work .... More>>
28 Jul 2017
Redeveloped £14.8m Hadrian's Wall visitor centre opens this weekend
Redeveloped £14.8m Hadrian's Wall visitor centre opens this weekend   Northumberland’s long-awaited Landscape Discovery Centre and Youth Hostel at Hadrian’s Wall – known as “The Sill” – will open to the public this weekend (29 July) after more than three years of development for the British heritage attraction. Designed by Newcastle-based architects Jane Darbyshire and David .... More>>
28 Jul 2017
Budget chain Planet Fitness to enter Panama
Budget chain Planet Fitness to enter Panama   Low-cost US-based gym franchise Planet Fitness is opening its first club in Panama, central America. The 20,000sq ft (1,860sq m) facility in Santa Maria is due to open in autumn, with a second site planned for Centennial by the end of 2017. Planet Fitness, founded in 1992, is known for its affordable prices and .... More>>
27 Jul 2017
Toyo Ito awarded Gold Medal by International Union of Architects
Toyo Ito awarded Gold Medal by International Union of Architects   The International Union of Architects (UIA) has awarded its top honour to the Japanese architect Toyo Ito in celebration of his lifetime achievements in the sector. The UIA Bureau meets every three years to decide the winners of its prestigious UIA Prizes, which were founded in 1961 to honour professionals .... More>>
27 Jul 2017
International Garden Festival returns to Quebec with mission to inspire children to have fun outdoors
International Garden Festival returns to Quebec with mission to inspire children to have fun outdoors   The International Garden Festival has begun in Quebec’s Redford Gardens, with six award-winning garden installations open to the public for the first time. The projects – which were chosen ahead of 156 rival submissions in a special competition to be included in the 18th edition of the festival – are displayed .... More>>
27 Jul 2017
New attractions help Universal theme parks to surge in revenues
New attractions help Universal theme parks to surge in revenues   NBCUniversal's theme park division experienced a surge in revenue during Q2 thanks to its investment in new attractions. During the second three months of the year, revenue for the Comcast-owned organisation grew 15.6 per cent, up from US$1.13bn (€965m, £860m) in 2016 to US$1.3bn (€1.11bn, £989m) in 2017. .... More>>
27 Jul 2017
It takes 'more than money and cranes' to have theme park success, Six Flags tells Wanda
It takes 'more than money and cranes' to have theme park success, Six Flags tells Wanda   James Reid-Anderson, the chair of Six Flags, has told Wanda that it takes "more than money and cranes" to build successful theme parks after questions were raised about the viability of the Chinese market. During Six Flags’ latest earnings call, Reid-Anderson was asked whether there had been a "change" in the .... More>>
27 Jul 2017
Stephenson's Rocket returning to Newcastle for first time in over a century
Stephenson's Rocket returning to Newcastle for first time in over a century   Stephenson’s Rocket will act as the centrepiece for next year’s Great Exhibition of the North, with the historic locomotive returning to its home of Newcastle for the first time in more than 150 years. The Rocket, which is usually displayed at the London Science Museum, will go on display in the city in which .... More>>
27 Jul 2017
Regular Super League fixture to be hosted in Australia as part of tourism drive
Regular Super League fixture to be hosted in Australia as part of tourism drive   The Australian city of Wollongong will be the first location outside of Europe to host a regular Super League rugby fixture next year. Wigan Warriors, the most successful team in English rugby league, will take on Hull FC in Wollongong’s 23,000-capacity WIN Stadium on 10 February 2018. A week later, both .... More>>
27 Jul 2017
Majority of sports compliant with governance code, says sports minister
Majority of sports compliant with governance code, says sports minister   Fifty national governing bodies – including the Football Association (FA), England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Rugby Football Union (RFU) – have agreed action plans with the government about changes to their governance structures. The changes will be made in response to the Code of Sports .... More>>
26 Jul 2017
Virgin Holidays reveals airport departure lounge on a Barbados beach
Virgin Holidays reveals airport departure lounge on a Barbados beach   Global tour operator Virgin Holidays has announced plans to build an airport departure lounge with a difference: it will be located on a beach in Barbados. From summer 2018, flyers leaving the Caribbean country will be able to be transferred straight from their hotel to The Departure Beach, located on Brownes .... More>>
26 Jul 2017
FIBO to expand international network with event in South Africa
FIBO to expand international network with event in South Africa   Fitness trade show FIBO will be launching a two-day business summit on the African continent, as it widens its presence worldwide. The 1st FIBO Fitness Business Summit South Africa, which will take place in Cape Town on 7-8 November, will deliver insights into the industry’s latest innovations. The symposium is .... More>>
26 Jul 2017
David Chipperfield says signature buildings are taking precedence over the development of cities
David Chipperfield says signature buildings are taking precedence over the development of cities   There is a “danger” that architects are being swayed to work on signature buildings at the expense of the coherent development of cities, according to David Chipperfield. In an exclusive interview, published in the new issue of CLADmag, the British architect said that, particularly in the UK, planning was .... More>>
26 Jul 2017
Global Wellness Summit announces three new advisory board members
Global Wellness Summit announces three new advisory board members   Investment advisor Omer K Isvan, Gwinganna owner Tony de Leede, and spa entrepreneur Yoriko Soma have all joined the Global Wellness Summit’s advisory board. “I’m thrilled to welcome each of these new advisory board members – all of whom bring powerful expertise and a crucial regional perspective on the sectors .... More>>
26 Jul 2017
UK attractions may need a licence to experiment with drones
UK attractions may need a licence to experiment with drones   Organisations in the UK attractions industry may need to apply for a licence if they wish to use drone technology. Large attractions operators such as Disney, Puy du Fou and Universal are all experimenting with drones for light shows and creating virtual reality. If UK attractions wish to follow suit they may .... More>>
26 Jul 2017
Six Flags reveals record revenues
Six Flags reveals record revenues   Six Flags has enjoyed a successful second quarter, with the operator recording record revenues for the period with numbers increasing by US$15m (€12.9m, £11.5m) year-on-year. The 4 per cent increase, which saw revenue increase to US$422m (€363m, £324.3m) was driven primarily by an attendance boost of 5 per cent .... More>>
26 Jul 2017
SB Architects design an 'inspiration home' for the Ascaya residential community in Las Vegas
SB Architects design an 'inspiration home' for the Ascaya residential community in Las Vegas   A luxurious new home, designed to emulate a stylish and intimate leisure resort, has been completed in Nevada, overlooking the Las Vegas Valley. The custom-built property, designed by US practice SB Architects, is the first architectural "inspiration home” to be added to Ascaya – a new community of 313 luxury .... More>>
26 Jul 2017
Cidesco reveals speaker line-up for World Congress in Mumbai
Cidesco reveals speaker line-up for World Congress in Mumbai   Ayurvedic specialist Dr. Kannan Nettath will be among the speakers at this year’s Cidesco World Congress and Exhibition, which will be held in Mumbai, India from 15 to 19 September. Coinciding with the Professional Beauty India show, this year’s event will be the 65th Cidesco congress – making it one of the .... More>>
26 Jul 2017
Noah's Ark theme park in hot water after US$10 land sale jeopardises US$18m tax rebate
Noah's Ark theme park in hot water after US$10 land sale jeopardises US$18m tax rebate   The biblical theme park in Kentucky centred around a full-size recreation of Noah’s Ark has transferred back land sold to its non-profit affiliate for just US$10 (€8.60, £7.70) after officials suspended a tax rebate worth US$18m (€15.5m, £13.8m) as a result of the deal. In April, the Williamstown City Council .... More>>
26 Jul 2017
Sport England takes This Girl Can to Australia
Sport England takes This Girl Can to Australia   Grassroots sport quango Sport England has signed a three-year deal to allow an Australian health promotion foundation to adopt its This Girl Can campaign. VicHealth, which aims to improve the health of residents in the state of Victoria, will launch a television ad campaign in 2018, telling the stories of local .... More>>
25 Jul 2017
Unesco welcomes liberation of Mosul Museum and plans to safeguard site
Unesco welcomes liberation of Mosul Museum and plans to safeguard site   Unesco’s director general, Irina Bokova, has welcomed the liberation of Iraq’s Mosul Museum, after Iraqi forces regained control of the city from ISIS following a nine-month military operation. The museum made headlines in February 2015 when images of its collections being destroyed with sledgehammers by ISIS .... More>>
25 Jul 2017
MCC Committee decides against residential apartments at Lord’s
MCC Committee decides against residential apartments at Lord’s   The committee that oversees London’s iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground has rejected plans to build residential apartments on site to fund ground redevelopments. Instead, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Committee has decided to improve the ground’s Compton and Edrich Stands using its own resources. The decision was .... More>>
25 Jul 2017
Copenhagen coal crane becomes unlikely home for elegant new spa
Copenhagen coal crane becomes unlikely home for elegant new spa   Danish architects Arcgency have designed an unorthodox multi-sensory spa and private retreat, located inside a former coal crane on Copenhagen’ harbourfront. Described by the studio as “an aesthetic oasis amidst an industrial landscape”, the project, called THEKRANE, is located on the edge of Nordhavn, one of .... More>>
25 Jul 2017
Dementia can be countered with physical activity, says study
Dementia can be countered with physical activity, says study   Older people taking part in regular physical activity could reduce the risk of developing dementia and cognitive impairment, according to a new study. “First of its kind” research put together by the Goethe University Frankfurt found links between physical exercise and improved brain metabolism, helping combat .... More>>
25 Jul 2017
Eden Project launches international company to open parks around the world
Eden Project launches international company to open parks around the world   Cornwall’s iconic Eden Project is set to be replicated in China, Australia and New Zealand, with further developments being planned in the Middle East, North America and the UK. The British attraction has launched a new company to drive the establishment of Eden botanical parks around the world. Eden Project .... More>>
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