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23 Jan 2019
Shanghai Disneyland to build Zootopia-themed expansion
Shanghai Disneyland to build Zootopia-themed expansion   Shanghai Disney Resort has announced another major expansion – the second since it opened in June 2016 – which will be themed on the animated film Zootopia. The Zootopia area will be the park’s eighth and will feature the popular Judy and Nick IPs, among others, from the movie. The success of .... More>>
23 Jan 2019
Rio de Janeiro named as World Capital of Architecture for 2020
Rio de Janeiro named as World Capital of Architecture for 2020   The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union of Architects (UIA) have named Rio de Janeiro as the first World Capital of Architecture. In its capacity as the 2020 architecture capital, the seaside metropolis, which currently boasts a population of more .... More>>
22 Jan 2019
Quebec’s Méga Parc reopens with a host of new rides
Quebec’s Méga Parc reopens with a host of new rides   Canada’s Méga Parc has reopened following a multi-million dollar steampunk-themed redevelopment that includes the building of North America’s first spokeless Ferris Wheel. The Quebec park – situated at Les Galeries de la Capitale shopping destination – is the second largest amusement park in Canada, and has 18 .... More>>
22 Jan 2019
Newcastle Art Gallery set for AU$45m expansion
Newcastle Art Gallery set for AU$45m expansion   Newcastle Art Gallery in New South Wales, Australia, is gearing up for a long-awaited AU$45m (US$32.1m, €28.3m, £24.8m) expansion. The gallery currently only exhibits around 2 per cent of the 6,400 works in its collection each year and the expansion would provide the gallery with more exhibition space to .... More>>
22 Jan 2019
Simba and Cuckooz join up to improve sleep wellness with womb-like 'sanctuary' in London
Simba and Cuckooz join up to improve sleep wellness with womb-like 'sanctuary' in London   Craving a good night’s rest? Hospitality company Cuckooz and bedroom furniture brand Simba have created the "Womb Room", a space that promotes REM sleep by simulating the prenatal experience. The peach-coloured home away from home, which is part of Cuckooz’s recently outfitted Zed Rooms – a series of serviced .... More>>
01 Feb 2019
Edward James Salons launches 'Mindful Haircut Meditation' with Malminder Gill
Edward James Salons launches 'Mindful Haircut Meditation' with Malminder Gill   Edward James Salons has partnered with leading hypnotherapist Malminder Gill to create a new mindful in-salon experience. With a focus on 'holistically luxurious' approach to beauty, Edward James Salons' USP is to create a relaxing ambience with 'peace-inducing' interiors .... More>>
22 Jan 2019
Major openings planned for Chester Zoo in 2019
Major openings planned for Chester Zoo in 2019   Walking with ring-tailed lemurs and seeing endangered Asiatic lions in a specially-developed new habitat are among the new experiences planned for Chester Zoo in 2019, as it continues with its multi-year, multi-million-pound expansion masterplan. The zoo has announced a number of new features set to debut this .... More>>
22 Jan 2019
Chicago sees launch of new regional spa association
Chicago sees launch of new regional spa association   Chicago is the third-largest city in the US, with a population of 2.7 million, and is home to world-class shopping, hospitality, cultural, and arts & entertainment options. The Chicago downtown area alone has more than 75 high-quality spas, yet in spite of this ripe environment, the Chicago spa industry has .... More>>
22 Jan 2019
Javanese wisdom provides inspiration for immersive ocean-facing spa at The Apurva Kempinski Bali
Javanese wisdom provides inspiration for immersive ocean-facing spa at The Apurva Kempinski Bali   Kempinski Hotels is opening its second Indonesian resort, The Apurva Kempinski Bali, in the upmarket Nusa Dua area on 1 February. The 475-bedroom beachfront resort, whose name comes from a word meaning ‘unique and magnificent’ in Sanskrit, will include an immersive ocean-facing spa and fitness centre offering .... More>>
22 Jan 2019
Dive Bahrain underwater site to feature submerged Boeing airliner
Dive Bahrain underwater site to feature submerged Boeing airliner   An underwater playground for divers with a submerged Boeing 747 jumbo jet as its centrepiece has been announced by the government of Bahrain, and is set to open in time for divers to explore this summer. Under the banner of Dive Bahrain, the 100,000sq m (328,000sq ft) site will be the world’s largest .... More>>
22 Jan 2019
Studio Egret West to develop new master plan for Horniman Museum
Studio Egret West to develop new master plan for Horniman Museum   The Horniman Museum and Gardens has selected British architects Studio West Egret (SWE) to develop a master plan to expand its estate. SEW will lead the design for a number of as-yet-undescribed projects, which – when complete – will help the South London institution work towards its goal of attracting a .... More>>
22 Jan 2019
Puy du Fou España to generate €200m in economic impact by 2021
Puy du Fou España to generate €200m in economic impact by 2021   French historic theme park Puy du Fou’s forthcoming Spanish site – located in Toledo, near Madrid – is set to open this year and the people behind it have made a number of bold forecasts for its potential success. A total budget of €242m (US$275.1m, £213.2m) has been designated to the construction of the park for .... More>>
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>>
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