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26 Apr 2019
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles creates new heritage centre for vintage Italian cars
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles creates new heritage centre for vintage Italian cars   Car manufacturing group Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has opened a new heritage centre in its famous Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy, showcasing vintage models from its leading brands. Called the Heritage Hub, the new centre showcases 258 antique, vintage and rare Fiat, Abarth, Lancia and Alfa Romeo lines, .... More>>
26 Apr 2019
UK Government funds £4m development of immersive experiences for Wallace & Gromit and Peaky Blinders
UK Government funds £4m development of immersive experiences for Wallace & Gromit and Peaky Blinders   Immersive experiences based on Wallace & Gromit and Peaky Blinders are to be developed with UK Government funding, as part of the UK's modern Industrial Strategy. An announcement by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy revealed that Wallace & Gromit producers Aardman are part of .... More>>
26 Apr 2019
Easter timing hits Q1 results for Six Flags
Easter timing hits Q1 results for Six Flags   A later Easter holiday this year than in 2018 has affected Six Flags Q1 results, with the theme park company saying that some 200,000 guest visits will instead be included in Q2 figures. Its revenue in Q1 2019 was US$128m (€115m, £99.4m) and attendance was 2.2 million guests – both down on Q1 2018 by US$1m .... More>>
26 Apr 2019
Planet Fitness to offer US teens free gym access throughout the summer months
Planet Fitness to offer US teens free gym access throughout the summer months   Health Club operator Planet Fitness is offering high school students aged 15 to 18 years the opportunity to work out for free at any of its 1,700 locations throughout the US. The offer will be available from 15 May to 1 September 2019 as part of the nationwide Teen Summer Challenge initiative. The .... More>>
26 Apr 2019
Attendance rises as TEA hosts successful Summit and Thea Awards Gala
Attendance rises as TEA hosts successful Summit and Thea Awards Gala   The Themed Entertainment Association has reported increased attendance for the attractions body’s annual Summit and Thea Awards Gala. Taking place between 11-13 April, members of the visitor attractions industry descended on the Disneyland Hotel, in Anaheim, Calfornia for the event, which saw 350 delegates .... More>>
26 Apr 2019
South African boutique hotel opens lush garden spa
South African boutique hotel opens lush garden spa   Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa in Johannesburg, South Africa, has unveiled a new garden spa, which at 1,700sq m, is one of the largest in the city. Nestled a bamboo forest within the hotel’s lush gardens, the spa includes a heated plunge pool, Kneipp therapy offering and spa bath, Chinese daybeds and pod .... More>>
26 Apr 2019
Chester Zoo’s new Grasslands area to feature overnight lodgings for visitors
Chester Zoo’s new Grasslands area to feature overnight lodgings for visitors   A brand new area being proposed by Chester Zoo in Cheshire, UK, will feature overnight accommodation where guests can wake up to Rothschild’s giraffes, Grevy’s zebras, ostriches and antelopes. The zoo has submitted plans for the new area, called Grasslands, whose centrepiece attraction will be a large, open .... More>>
25 Apr 2019
Amber, gold and crystal sound treatments: Croatia’s new Ikalia Spa inspired by ancient Illyrian mysteries
Amber, gold and crystal sound treatments: Croatia’s new Ikalia Spa inspired by ancient Illyrian mysteries   The Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa — a new ultraluxe hospitality project created by Croatian entrepreneur Pavo Zubak — has opened the Ikalia Spa, which occupies the entire third floor of the hotel. While the hotel has just 14 bedrooms, it is one of the most expensive new properties in Croatia, with the .... More>>
25 Apr 2019
Adrian Zecha opens second Azerai hotel in Vietnam
Adrian Zecha opens second Azerai hotel in Vietnam   A historic 122-room boutique hotel on the south bank of the Perfume River in Hue, Vietnam has been transformed into Azerai La Residence, Hue, the second hotel in a new group formed by hotelier Adrian Zecha, founder of Aman Resorts. The property’s expanded and completely renovated spa now features six treatment .... More>>
25 Apr 2019
Pure Gym plans further expansion following double-digit growth
Pure Gym plans further expansion following double-digit growth   Budget operator Pure Gym achieved double-digit growth in revenue and profitability during 2018, cementing its position as the UK's largest gym chain. Announcing its annual results for the year to 31 December 2018, the group reported revenues of £228.4m – an increase of 15 per cent on 2017 figures. Group earnings .... More>>
24 Apr 2019
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia to move to new CA$130m home
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia to move to new CA$130m home   The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, Canada, is moving to a new waterfront location in the city after reaching an agreement for provincial and federal government funding. Set to cost in the region of CA$130m (US$96.7m, €86.4m, £74.7m), the gallery will receive CA$70m (US$52m, €46.5m, £40.2m) from the Nova .... More>>
24 Apr 2019
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s triple launch coaster Tigris opens
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s triple launch coaster Tigris opens   Florida’s tallest launch coaster, Tigris, has now opened at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, boasting a 150ft (45.7m) skyward surge and an inverted heartline roll, getting riders to speeds of more than 60mph (97kmph). The ride is now the ninth roller coaster at Busch Gardens and mimics the agility of a tiger, running .... More>>
24 Apr 2019
Jim Root named director of wellbeing for Enchantment Group
Jim Root named director of wellbeing for Enchantment Group   Industry veteran Jim Root will oversee all new spa and wellbeing development projects for US hospitality group Enchantment. Root is currently general manager of the group’s destination spa Mii amo, located in Sedona, Arizona, and will take on the title of director of wellbeing for the group. Enchantment Group .... More>>
25 Apr 2019
Italian Design Museum opens in Milan with expansion plans already in place
Italian Design Museum opens in Milan with expansion plans already in place   Some of the 1,600 objects previously exhibited in the Triennale di Milano have found a permanent home in Milan's newly-opened Italian Design Museum. The museum, which was made possible by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, opened on 9 April to coincide with Milano Design Week 2019. Sitting .... More>>
24 Apr 2019
UFC Gym signs deal to enter Russian fitness market
UFC Gym signs deal to enter Russian fitness market   Franchise operator UFC Gym will enter the Russian fitness market this year. The US-based chain – a brand extension of the world’s largest mixed martial arts organization, The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) – has signed a franchise agreement with Russian Fitness Group (RFG) to open 55 clubs across the .... More>>
24 Apr 2019
Tom Dixon rolls out monastic-like restaurant and showroom in Milan
Tom Dixon rolls out monastic-like restaurant and showroom in Milan   English interior designer Tom Dixon has opened a 100-cover restaurant and bar in Milan called "The Manzoni". Likened by Dixon to a "monastic" space, the sleek eatery and showroom, which temporarily opened its doors for Milan Design Week (9-14 April) is darkly illuminated by the designer's trademark Opal ball .... More>>
23 Apr 2019
Vitali Klitschko holds talks with Europa Park about potential Kiev theme park destination
Vitali Klitschko holds talks with Europa Park about potential Kiev theme park destination   The former WBC heavyweight champion of the world, Vitali Klitschko – now mayor of Kiev, Ukraine – has held talks with bosses at German theme park Europa Park about the development of a potential theme park in the city he governs. Klitschko, who was joined by other city officials, discussed the potential .... More>>
23 Apr 2019
Hal McEvoy: attractions sector must improve sustainability
Hal McEvoy: attractions sector must improve sustainability   Sustainability remains an area where, despite some improvement, the attractions sector must do better, according to IAAPA CEO and president, Hal McEvoy. "We could be better and are improving, in terms of addressing sustainability and understanding societal trends," said McEvoy, speaking to Attractions .... More>>
23 Apr 2019
McFit founder, Rainer Schaller, announces new brand
McFit founder, Rainer Schaller, announces new brand   McFit founder, Rainer Schaller, has announced a new brand for his sprawling fitness empire. In an exclusive interview with HCM magazine, Schaller announced the company has rebranded as RSG Group, replacing the previous McFit Global Group brand. RSG stands for Rainer Schaller Global. "We will use the new RSG .... More>>
23 Apr 2019
Climate change protesters stage "die-in" at London museum
Climate change protesters stage   The Natural History Museum in London has said that an Extinction Rebellion protest that took place on its premises yesterday (Monday 22 April) passed "without incident". More than 100 protesters staged a "die-in" – laying down on the floor in the main hall, beneath the giant skeleton of a blue whale – to raise .... More>>
23 Apr 2019
Adidas reveals world's first 'fully recyclable' trainer
Adidas reveals world's first 'fully recyclable' trainer   Sportswear giant Adidas has developed what it calls the world's first "100 per cent recyclable performance running shoe". Produced under the Futurecraft.Loop brand, all components of the shoe – from the sole and laces to the traditionally woven upper – are made entirely from one single material, called .... More>>
23 Apr 2019
Morehead Planetarium and Science Centre to close for US$5.2m TakeUpSpace revamp
Morehead Planetarium and Science Centre to close for US$5.2m TakeUpSpace revamp   Morehead Planetarium and Science Centre in North Carolina, US, is to close next month to begin the first phase of a US$5.2m (€4.6m, £4m) refurbishment project. The centre will close its doors on 4 May until 17 June for renovations to its Fulldome Theatre, which is the first step in the full revamp programme .... More>>
23 Apr 2019
Stephen Hawking VR tour of the universe will launch in 2020 and go worldwide
Stephen Hawking VR tour of the universe will launch in 2020 and go worldwide   An immersive experience for museums which takes people on a 20-minute virtual reality tour of the universe, and is narrated by the late Professor Stephen Hawking, is due to launch next year. The project was a collaboration between Hawking and Atlantic Productions, the company behind a number of award-winning .... More>>
23 Apr 2019
Heatherwick Studio lift curtain on their first residential project in Asia
Heatherwick Studio lift curtain on their first residential project in Asia   London-based architecture firm Heatherwick Studio have unveiled details for "Eden", a 20-storey high-rise and the architects' first residential project in Asia. Situated in Singapore's upscale 10 Orchard Road neighbourhood and comprised of concrete shaped to resemble spinal plates, Eden features 20 four-bedroom .... More>>
23 Apr 2019
Crunch Fitness franchisee secures growth funding – targets 50 clubs in the northeast of US
Crunch Fitness franchisee secures growth funding – targets 50 clubs in the northeast of US   Fitness Holdings Northeast (FHN), one of the largest franchisees in the Crunch Fitness network, has secured growth investment from private equity group Synergy Capital. The investment will fuel FHN's plans to launch and operate a 50-club network of Crunch gyms across the northeastern US. It currently .... More>>
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