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07 Feb 2019
Disney reaping rewards for park investments, says Bob Iger
Disney reaping rewards for park investments, says Bob Iger   Disney chair and CEO Bob Iger has revealed that the company’s investments into its theme parks and resorts division has paid off, with substantial increases in popularity as a result. Speaking during an earnings call, the Disney chief highlighted the various new areas the company is installing or has installed .... More>>
08 Feb 2019
Halo fan events to tour US with immersive experiences
Halo fan events to tour US with immersive experiences   A touring fan experience based on the science fiction franchise Halo is due to call at five US cities this summer, giving fans a chance to experience immersive and interactive “in-universe” encounters. Microsoft’s Halo: Outpost Discovery attraction will fill some 300,000sq ft (91,440sq m) of play .... More>>
07 Feb 2019
Oklahoma City Zoo planning US$70m renovation and new African area
Oklahoma City Zoo planning US$70m renovation and new African area   Oklahoma City Zoo has plans for a new African enclosure that would see a dedicated area for giraffes, penguins and African wild dogs, with other renovations also planned. The US$71m (€62.5m, £54.7m) masterplan, which runs through to 2028, would also include a three-acre expansion for the Sea Lion Cove, a new .... More>>
07 Feb 2019
Lefay Wellness Residences to launch in the Dolomites this fall
Lefay Wellness Residences to launch in the Dolomites this fall   The Lefay Wellness Residences – part of the Lefay Resort and Spa Dolomiti – are set to debut in September. Situated in Pinzolo – within the UNESCO-recognised Brenta Dolomites section of the Italian Alps – the residential complex, which is currently under construction, will comprise 23 condos outfitted by .... More>>
07 Feb 2019
Historic Grand Port of Marseille to be reborn as seafront leisure hub
Historic Grand Port of Marseille to be reborn as seafront leisure hub   French architecture firm Reichen and Robert (RR&A) have been selected to spearhead a €100m (US$113.4m, £87.3m) makeover of Marseille-Fos Port (the Grand Port of Marseille) – the largest seaport in France. Dubbed the "J1, La Passerelle", the new 29,106 sq m mixed-use structure, which will be located minutes away .... More>>
07 Feb 2019
Six Flags Dubai on hold as DXB sees finance options evaporate
Six Flags Dubai on hold as DXB sees finance options evaporate   DXB Entertainments – the owner of Dubai Parks and Resorts – has slammed the brakes on its under-development Six Flags-branded theme park in Dubai, citing withdrawal of financing as the reason behind the move. Originally scheduled to open later this year, the project was placed into a strategic review of "future .... More>>
07 Feb 2019
Traditional onsens to deliver healing at upcoming Aman Kyoto
Traditional onsens to deliver healing at upcoming Aman Kyoto   Luxury hotel operator Aman will open its third resort in Japan this November with the launch of Aman Kyoto, which will include a spa concept themed around the property’s natural spring water. Situated in a hidden garden close to Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion), the resort, with 24 bedrooms and two .... More>>
07 Feb 2019
Museums Association details 'No Deal Brexit' concerns
Museums Association details 'No Deal Brexit' concerns   The UK’s Museums Association (MA) has urged politicians to take “all necessary action” to avoid the UK leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement. Brexit is due to take place on 29 March 2019, and despite two years of negotiations between the UK and the EU, no agreement is in place, with the UK .... More>>
08 Feb 2019
Jude Daunt encourages guests to 'BHappy' with new retreat at Ramside Spa
Jude Daunt encourages guests to 'BHappy' with new retreat at Ramside Spa   The spa at Ramside Hall Hotel in Durham, UK, has partnered with life coach and psychotherapist Jude Daunt to launch a two-day event designed to help attendees build their self-confidence. Called the BHappy Retreat, the event takes place between 29 and 30 April and will feature a number of talks and workshops .... More>>
07 Feb 2019
Study: exercise improves cognitive performance in older adults
Study: exercise improves cognitive performance in older adults   Exercise alters brain blood flow and improves cognitive performance in older adults, according to research by the University of Maryland School of Public Health (UMD). The study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, showed that exercise was associated with improved brain function in a group of .... More>>
08 Feb 2019
Questions remain but Rio slave wharf museum still planned to go ahead
Questions remain but Rio slave wharf museum still planned to go ahead   The provision of a new museum of Afro-Brazilian culture at a Unesco World Heritage site in Rio de Janeiro remains on the cards, despite speculation that delays could cause it to lose its Unesco status. Valongo Wharf is the location where nearly one million captive Africans first disembarked in Brazil between .... More>>
06 Feb 2019
Tyra Banks to open Modelland attraction in Santa Monica
Tyra Banks to open Modelland attraction in Santa Monica   Supermodel Tyra Banks has announced that she will launch a new experiential attraction later this year themed on the modelling industry in Santa Monica, US. Modelland will take visitors through a fantasy version of the modelling world via interactive entertainment, creative collaborations, curated retail, .... More>>
06 Feb 2019
SeaWorld announces Carnival's Gus Antorcha as new CEO
SeaWorld announces Carnival's Gus Antorcha as new CEO   Carnival Cruise Lines COO Gus Antorcha has been named as the new CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment. Antorcha has worked at Carnival Corporation – the world's largest leisure travel company – for more than eight years and prior to that was partner and managing director at Boston Consulting Group, advising clients on .... More>>
06 Feb 2019
Disney’s parks make losses despite revenue gains in Q4 2018
Disney’s parks make losses despite revenue gains in Q4 2018   Disney’s latest financial results show that its Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products division made increased year-on-year revenues in Q4 2018 but is still unable to turn a profit. Revenues rose in the quarter to US$6.8bn (€6bn, £5.2bn) from Q4 2017’s figure of US$6.5bn (€5.7bn, £5bn), a 4 per cent rise. .... More>>
06 Feb 2019
Henning Larsen to lead redesign of largest opera house in Paris
Henning Larsen to lead redesign of largest opera house in Paris   Scandinavian architecture practice Henning Larsen have been tapped to expand the Opéra Bastille – the largest opera house in Paris. The renovated structure will feature an extended foyer, an 800-seat concert hall, workshop facilities, and a public garden path with links to the Viaduc des Arts and the rue de .... More>>
06 Feb 2019
Miraval’s new Austin resort includes 20,000sq ft Clodagh-designed Life in Balance Spa
Miraval’s new Austin resort includes 20,000sq ft Clodagh-designed Life in Balance Spa   Hyatt has opened Miraval Austin in Texas, US, the brand’s second wellness resort to open outside of its flagship property in Tucson, Arizona, US. Set on 220 acres in Texas Hill Country overlooking Lake Travis, Miraval Austin was previously the Travaasa Austin Resort, which was acquired by Miraval in December .... More>>
06 Feb 2019
Reimagined Museum of Modern Art to open its doors in October
Reimagined Museum of Modern Art to open its doors in October   The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York has announced that it will close this summer and reopen with expanded exhibition spaces on 21 October 2019. Designed by New York architecture practice Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) in collaboration with Gensler, the MoMA's extensions will feature more than 40,000 sq .... More>>
06 Feb 2019
eGym names Sir George Buckley as chair – hints at possible IPO
eGym names Sir George Buckley as chair – hints at possible IPO   Fitness tech group eGym has appointed Sir George Buckley as its new chair. Sir George's distinguished corporate career includes a stint as CEO of Brunswick Corporation, the parent company for a number of fitness equipment brands – including Life Fitness, Cybex, Hammer Strength, Scifit and Indoor Cycling. .... More>>
05 Feb 2019
Center Parcs Longleat Forest to invest £4.7m in Aqua Sana Spa redesign
Center Parcs Longleat Forest to invest £4.7m in Aqua Sana Spa redesign   The Aqua Sana Spa at Center Parcs Longleat Forest in Wiltshire is set to undergo a significant refurbishment that will see its World of Spa replaced with a new forest spa concept. The project, which is worth a reported £4.7m, will consist of five phases, taking place over the course of 14 months, with normal .... More>>
05 Feb 2019
Devimco to build residential extension to 130-year old sports club in Montreal
Devimco to build residential extension to 130-year old sports club in Montreal   Real estate developer Devimco has been selected to build the MAA Condominiums and Penthouses – a residential addition to the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association (Club Sportif MAA), Canada's oldest athletic club. The CAD$150m (US$114m, €100m, £88m) project, which is being spearheaded by Devimco's lead .... More>>
05 Feb 2019
MQ Studio design modernist retreat in Beijing's Forbidden City
MQ Studio design modernist retreat in Beijing's Forbidden City   Chinese interior designers MQ Studio Shanghai have created the PuXuan Spa and Hotel – the latest venture from the Urban Resorts Concepts (URC) brand – in China's famous Forbidden City. Housed in the Ole Scheeren-designed Guardian Arts Centre in the Wangfujing district, PuXuan is situated opposite the National .... More>>
05 Feb 2019
LGBTQ community invited for first official Disney event in Paris
LGBTQ community invited for first official Disney event in Paris   Disneyland Paris is to host the first ever official LGBTQ event held at a Disney theme park when it privatises the Walt Disney Studios Park for a Magical Pride Party on 1 June 2019. The event, which is open to people from the LGBT community and their friends and families, will include meet and greets with Disney .... More>>
05 Feb 2019
Dyaco signs licensing deal with Philips to launch medical fitness equipment
Dyaco signs licensing deal with Philips to launch medical fitness equipment   Fitness kit manufacturer Dyaco has revealed plans to launch a new line of medical and rehabilitation fitness equipment under a brand licensing agreement with technology giant Philips. The new Philips Physical Therapy Solutions will form a new category for Philips' brand licensing portfolio. Developed using .... More>>
05 Feb 2019
European museums partner to help "re-establish" Cairo’s Egyptian Museum
European museums partner to help   A consortium of major European museums are to collaborate with Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities on a project to help renovate and re-establish the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, with the ultimate aim being to gain UNESCO recognition for the museum as a World Heritage Site. The 3-year, €3.1m (US$3.54m, £2.72m) .... More>>
05 Feb 2019
Spa Metropole by Givenchy expands service offering with high-tech additions
Spa Metropole by Givenchy expands service offering with high-tech additions   Spa Metropole by Givenchy in Monte Carlo has expanded its service offering with two high-tech additions - BGA InSoles and X Body by Fuse Concept. Handmade by French chiropodists, the BGA InSoles are offered in the spa's Bastien Gonzalez Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio. Tailored to service then and there, the insoles can .... More>>
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