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08 May 2018
Laguna Waterpark opening at Dubai's newest waterfront destination
Laguna Waterpark opening at Dubai's newest waterfront destination   Dubai's new beachfront leisure destination, La Mer, is about to add to its offering, with the launch of a major new waterpark this weekend. Set to open on Saturday (12 May), the Laguna Waterpark will feature five main attractions, two of which are firsts for the Middle East. The park will include the .... More>>
08 May 2018
Revealed: The winners of the 2018 James Beard Foundation Restaurant Design Awards
Revealed: The winners of the 2018 James Beard Foundation Restaurant Design Awards   The James Beard Foundation (JBF) has held its 2018 Restaurant Design Awards, presenting a hat-trick of prizes to the new eateries it judges to be the best-designed in North America. New York-based concept, design and branding studio The MP Shift have been recognised for their work designing De Maria in the .... More>>
08 May 2018
Venue plans completed for Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Venue plans completed for Tokyo 2020 Olympics   The Tokyo Organising Committee for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOPG), has finalised its plans for the venues for the Games. In a statement, TOCOPG said it had added the "final pieces to the facility puzzle" by agreeing deals for the seven venues needed to host the Olympic football competition. The .... More>>
08 May 2018
Arizona Spa & Wellness Association inks health insurance coverage deal for spa employees
Arizona Spa & Wellness Association inks health insurance coverage deal for spa employees   In what it says is the first programme of its kind for the spa and fitness industry in the US, the Arizona Spa & Wellness Association has announced a new partnership with insurance broker NFP and nonprofit health insurer EMI Health to facilitate new statewide insurance and health benefits for people working in .... More>>
08 May 2018
Results improving for SeaWorld as operator records strong first quarter
Results improving for SeaWorld as operator records strong first quarter   SeaWorld could finally be about to turn a financial corner, after the operator reported a strong start to the year with its first quarter results. Following a series of poor financial results after several years of decline stemming from the Blackfish controversy, SeaWorld's cost-cutting initiatives and .... More>>
08 May 2018
Purcell win approval for Manchester Museum expansion
Purcell win approval for Manchester Museum expansion   Architecture firm Purcell will create an extension to the historic home of the University of Manchester - Manchester Museum, after winning planning and listed building consent last week. The design team have imagined a contemporary new entrance and two new galleries, which will double the capacity of the museum .... More>>
04 May 2018
Azerai opens resort with Vietnamese-inspired spa
Azerai opens resort with Vietnamese-inspired spa   Azerai’s first resort in Vietnam has opened, complete with a spa set beneath a canopy of banyan trees. Designed by architect Pascal Trahan, Azerai Can Tho is inspired by traditional architecture with a contemporary interpretation and features 60 bedrooms. The Azerai Spa includes six treatment rooms and two .... More>>
04 May 2018
DW Fitness First reveals plans to becoming "UK’s largest sports participation brand"
DW Fitness First reveals plans to becoming   Gym chain DW Fitness First has revealed its strategic vision to become the UK’s largest sports participation brand. Formed following DW Fitness' takeover of Fitness First's 62-strong UK portfolio in September 2016, the business now boasts 120 gyms and 90 DW Sports-branded retail stores – a mix which the firm .... More>>
04 May 2018
Public artist Steed Taylor creates 'world's longest' street mural in West Palm Beach
Public artist Steed Taylor creates 'world's longest' street mural in West Palm Beach   Public artist and designer Steed Taylor has completed the largest continuous street mural in the world, spanning the full length of Downtown West Palm Beach in Florida. The mile-long ‘road tattoo’ is called Genii Loci, or ‘the protective spirits of a place.’ Local people were invited to paint parts of the .... More>>
04 May 2018
Mandarin Oriental to open Omani resort
Mandarin Oriental to open Omani resort   Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will manage a new resort and branded residences in Muscat, the capital of Oman, which is expected to open in 2021. Mandarin Oriental, Muscat will feature 150 guestrooms and suites, five restaurants and bars, a Spa at Mandarin Oriental and an outdoor swimming pool. The spa will .... More>>
04 May 2018
Saudi Arabia plans US$13.3bn investment into lifestyle destinations
Saudi Arabia plans US$13.3bn investment into lifestyle destinations   Saudi Arabia's government has revealed plans to invest SAR50bn (US$13.3bn, €11.2bn, £9.9bn) into entertainment, health, sports and education initiatives, as the country attempts to modernise and improve its citizens' quality of life. Announced yesterday (3 May) by the Kingdom's General Entertainment Authority .... More>>
04 May 2018
Babor opens spas in Vancouver, Tallinn
Babor opens spas in Vancouver, Tallinn   German skincare brand Babor is continuing its global expansion, with the opening of branded spas in Vancouver, Canada and Tallinn, Estonia. The Vancouver spa is located in Gastown, the city’s old-town district, and set between shops, hotels and restaurants. The 300sq m spa includes a reception area with ample .... More>>
04 May 2018
Four design teams shortlisted in project to 'magnify' Eiffel Tower visitor experience
Four design teams shortlisted in project to 'magnify' Eiffel Tower visitor experience   Four design teams have been shortlisted for a project to reimagine the Eiffel Tower's visitor experience. Groups led by AL_A, Gustafson, Porter + Bowman, Agence Ter and Koz Architectes are in the running for the large-scale project, which covers a 540,000sq m area either side of the River Seine. Paris mayor .... More>>
04 May 2018
Disney Research ups VR game with haptic jacket
Disney Research ups VR game with haptic jacket   Disney's research arm is aiming to take virtual reality to the next level, developing a new haptic technology to simulate impact on the human body. Dubbed the "Force Jacket", 26 inflatable compartments are used to simulate pressure and force, adding a physical response to the VR realm. Disney Research led the .... More>>
04 May 2018
Vintage radio and Spanish surrealism inspire design of Hyatt Centric Madrid hotel
Vintage radio and Spanish surrealism inspire design of Hyatt Centric Madrid hotel   Self-proclaimed “designer of whimsy” Henry Chebaane has completed the guest rooms and public areas of the new Hyatt Centric Gran Via hotel in Madrid, taking inspiration from Spanish surrealism and the history of radio. Tasked with converting the partially-listed spaces behind the historic facade of a 1920s-era .... More>>
04 May 2018
Dublin's new €5m tourist attraction to tell the history of Ireland through theatre
Dublin's new €5m tourist attraction to tell the history of Ireland through theatre   A new tourist attraction in Dublin will combine theatre with history, telling the 800-year story of Ireland when the €5m (US$6m, £4.4m) experience opens its doors to the public in July. Called The Vaults, the attraction sits in the Irish capital's historic John’s Lane area. The Vaults will be housed inside in .... More>>
03 May 2018
VisitEngland teams with National Autistic Society for new online guide
VisitEngland teams with National Autistic Society for new online guide   VisitEngland has teamed with the National Autistic Society to launch a digital platform helping tourism businesses better understand autistic customers. Called Welcoming Autistic People, the online guide has been created to help tourism operators to increase business by better understanding autism and .... More>>
03 May 2018
Bannatyne Group appoints manager for new spa at Ingleby Barwick
Bannatyne Group appoints manager for new spa at Ingleby Barwick   The Bannatyne Group has appointed a new manager for its Ingleby Barwick health club spa launch. Ashleigh Baker, who has been with the Bannatyne Group for several years and previously worked at the spa at its Darlington club, takes up the new role, progressing from therapist to manager. Designed to offer guests .... More>>
03 May 2018
Art Fund Museum of the Year shortlist revealed
Art Fund Museum of the Year shortlist revealed   The shortlist for this year's Museum of the Year Award has been revealed, with the Brooklands Museum, Ferens Art Gallery, Glasgow Women’s Library, the Postal Museum and Tate St Ives all in the running for the prestigious prize. The Art Fund – a non-profit charity which raises funds to aid the acquisition of .... More>>
03 May 2018
'The library’s role as public meeting space is more significant than ever': OMA's Qatar National Library officially opens
'The library’s role as public meeting space is more significant than ever': OMA's Qatar National Library officially opens   The Qatar National Library (QNL) in Doha, designed by international architects OMA, has been officially opened by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani. Conceived as a space for reading, socialising and browsing, the building houses more than a million books and space for thousands of readers over .... More>>
03 May 2018
New ride investments to drive Cedar Fair profits for 2018, says Zimmerman
New ride investments to drive Cedar Fair profits for 2018, says Zimmerman   Cedar Fair CEO Richard Zimmerman is leaning on new ride developments to buoy the company's profits in 2018 following a successful first quarter. For the first three months of the year, the company saw revenues increase by US$7m (€5.8m, £5.1m) – up to US$55m (€45.8m, £40.4m) for the quarter. Driven by increases .... More>>
03 May 2018
John Portman & Associates design nautically-inspired waterfront complex for Shenzhen's Prince Bay
John Portman & Associates design nautically-inspired waterfront complex for Shenzhen's Prince Bay   International design and engineering practice John Portman & Associates have triumphed in the international design competition for a hospitality and leisure complex for a major port in Shenzhen, China. Situated next to the waterfront’s cruise ship terminal, the Prince Bay development will feature a 5-star .... More>>
02 May 2018
Michael Mercadante to succeed David Willrich as TEA president
Michael Mercadante to succeed David Willrich as TEA president   Michael Mercadante, president of Massachusetts-based experience design firm Main Street Design, will lead the Themed Entertainment Association as its new president from November this year. Serving on the TEA board since 2012, Mercadante has carried out numerous roles for the organisation since joining, .... More>>
02 May 2018
Video: Attractions Management News Flash 2 May 2018
Video: Attractions Management News Flash 2 May 2018   The latest Attractions Management News Flash Video is now live! In this broadcast, we look at Wanda's latest multi-billion dollar development, the opening of Disney's world-first Toy Story attraction, Scotland's investment into alco-tourism and Unesco's push to prepare the youth population for future .... More>>
02 May 2018
Snøhetta look to the stars for planetarium and visitor centre in Norway inspired by the night sky
Snøhetta look to the stars for planetarium and visitor centre in Norway inspired by the night sky   International architects Snøhetta have designed a new planetarium and a visitor centre for Norway’s largest astronomical facility by studying the night sky for design inspiration. Nestled in the dense forest of Harestua, 45km north of Oslo, Solobservatoriet is the largest solar observatory North of the Alps. Its .... More>>
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