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26 Apr 2018
QE2 cruise liner relaunched as hotel and tourist destination in Dubai dock
QE2 cruise liner relaunched as hotel and tourist destination in Dubai dock   The Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) has opened its doors to the public following a transformation of the historic cruise liner into a tourist destination and hotel by the government of Dubai. The world-famous vessel, which was decommissioned in 2008, is now docked permanently at Mina Rashid in Dubai. Reimagined as a .... More>>
26 Apr 2018
Comcast focusing Universal investments into theme park division
Comcast focusing Universal investments into theme park division   Comcast has said that it expects capital spending to increase at NBCUniversal through 2018, with the majority of investment directed towards its booming theme parks division. Universal has enjoyed a strong first quarter to the year, with increased revenues and profits, driven by investment into new rides and .... More>>
25 Apr 2018
Ian Schrager to open Edition hotel in Tampa
Ian Schrager to open Edition hotel in Tampa   Boutique hotelier Ian Schrager is bringing his Edition brand to Tampa, with a 173-room property set to open in then Florida city in 2021. Real estate firm Strategic Property Partners (SPP) has struck a deal with Schrager and Marriott International, which owns the brand, to launch the Tampa Edition within a .... More>>
25 Apr 2018
Strenuous exercise 'myth' challenged by new university research
Strenuous exercise 'myth' challenged by new university research   Research by University of Bath could finally overturn the persistent myth that strenuous exercise suppresses the body's immune system and makes people "more susceptible to infections". Published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, the research reinterprets scientific findings from the last few decades .... More>>
25 Apr 2018
Landmark Polish stadium reopens following addition of Europe’s largest polycarbonate roof
Landmark Polish stadium reopens following addition of Europe’s largest polycarbonate roof   International architecture practice von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have completed a conversion of Slaski Stadium in Chorzów, Poland, adding the largest translucent polycarbonate roof in Europe to the 50s-era landmark. The original building dates from 1956, and was design by architect Julian Brzuchowski .... More>>
25 Apr 2018
New attractions drive profits as Universal reports strong Q1
New attractions drive profits as Universal reports strong Q1   Continued impressive results from Universal's theme park division has fueled strong revenue's for Comcast's first quarter, with theme park revenues increasing by 14.5 per cent. For Q1, revenues for the operator at its parks were US$1.28bn (€1.04bn, £918m) – an increase from the US$1.12bn (€918m, £803m) .... More>>
25 Apr 2018
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group to bring wellness to guests in-room with new Grokker partnership
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group to bring wellness to guests in-room with new Grokker partnership   The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced a new partnership with Grokker that will see the health and wellness platform deliver bespoke health and wellness video programmes directly to the guests' rooms. Guests will be given complimentary access to a digital library of custom health and fitness video .... More>>
25 Apr 2018
Three more theme parks for China as Six Flags enjoys record start to 2018
Three more theme parks for China as Six Flags enjoys record start to 2018   Off the back of a record financial start to the year, Six Flags has announced plans to develop three more theme parks in China, as the operator continues to ride the international wave of momentum it has created. For the first quarter of the year, Six Flags revenues jumped by US$29m (€23.8m, £20.8m) – a 30 per .... More>>
24 Apr 2018
Unesco mobilises academics to promote heritage protection in Africa
Unesco mobilises academics to promote heritage protection in Africa   Unesco's World Heritage Centre will this week be hosting a heritage workshop as part of its mandate to promote culture and education in Africa. Taking place at the Great Zimbabwe University in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, between 26 and 28 April, World Heritage and Education Institutions in Africa has been .... More>>
24 Apr 2018
Cream of tourism crop revealed with VisitEngland's latest Awards for Excellence
Cream of tourism crop revealed with VisitEngland's latest Awards for Excellence   VisitEngland has named the best Britain's tourism industry has to offer, announcing the winners of its annual Awards for Excellence. The awards, which enter their 29th year, recognise businesses and individuals who raise the bar of England’s tourism offer. The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire .... More>>
24 Apr 2018
HLF invests in Skills for the Future campaign with Welsh railway training scheme
HLF invests in Skills for the Future campaign with Welsh railway training scheme   Wales' biggest tourist railway has secured national lottery funding to support an ambitious training scheme encouraging careers in the heritage sector. Worth £454,500 (US$633,000, €519,000), the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant – awarded to the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways – will be used to support .... More>>
24 Apr 2018
Scotland targets alco-tourism with £150m investment into Scotch Whisky projects
Scotland targets alco-tourism with £150m investment into Scotch Whisky projects   Britain's largest alcohol distiller is looking to take a leaf out of Ireland's booming alco-tourism trade by announcing plans to invest £150m (US$209m, €171.3m) into initiatives promoting whisky tourism at sites and distilleries across Scotland. The investment comes from Diageo, which is the world's .... More>>
23 Apr 2018
Greater Palm Springs CVB is first US destination to join WTA
Greater Palm Springs CVB is first US destination to join WTA   The Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau has become the first marketing organisation in the US to join the newly formed Wellness Tourism Association (WTA). Organisers at the Greater Palm Springs, California CVB said it joined the WTA because one of its primary tourism growth strategies is to focus .... More>>
23 Apr 2018
Mapping the Museum Digital Skills Ecosystem: New research aims to transform digital use in museums
Mapping the Museum Digital Skills Ecosystem: New research aims to transform digital use in museums   New research aimed at transforming the ways museums in the UK use digital technologies to share their collections and engage new audiences with their work has suggested that the key to success lies within improving digital literacy of staff across all levels. Called Mapping the Museum Digital Skills .... More>>
23 Apr 2018
Crystal Palace edges closer to stadium revamp after council votes to approve design plan
Crystal Palace edges closer to stadium revamp after council votes to approve design plan   English Premier League football club Crystal Palace has been given the green light to build an “iconic” new Main Stand at its Selhurst Park home, after Croydon Council resolved to grant permission for the project designed to redevelop the stadium for the modern era. Sports architects KSS are overseeing the .... More>>
23 Apr 2018
Design unveiled for cinema centre in Seoul's movie district
Design unveiled for cinema centre in Seoul's movie district   The Seoul Metropolitan Government has released the first design images for a new Seoul Cinematheque – a complex celebrating the visual arts to be built in Chungmuro, the heart of South Korea’s domestic film industry. Opening in February 2021, the venue will show non-commercial, independent, artistic, and .... More>>
23 Apr 2018
Exclusive: Thorpe Park's Dominic Jones upping the ante with new immersive ride experiences
Exclusive: Thorpe Park's Dominic Jones upping the ante with new immersive ride experiences   Dominic Jones, the man in charge of Britain's Thorpe Park, wants to up the ante when it comes to theme parks, with plans to take its IPs to a whole new level as part of immersive ride experiences. Thorpe Park has heavily invested in ride theming, particularly in recent years, with Derren Brown's Ghost Train .... More>>
23 Apr 2018
Southeast Asian therapies to be highlighted at the upcoming Retreat Spa at The Sukhothai Shanghai
Southeast Asian therapies to be highlighted at the upcoming Retreat Spa at The Sukhothai Shanghai   The Retreat spa at The Sukhothai Shanghai, a new lifestyle destination in Shanghai, is slated to open on 15 May 2018. With a contemporary aesthetic from design firm Neri&Hu, The Retreat will present a series of Southeast Asian-inspired treatments designed to deliver a renewing experience to guests. Located .... More>>
23 Apr 2018
OMA complete latest expansion for Milan's Fondazione Prada
OMA complete latest expansion for Milan's Fondazione Prada   International architects OMA have completed their latest addition to fashion house Prada’s arts complex in southern Milan, on the site of a former gin distillery. Torre is a nine-level, 60m (197ft) high tower with a facade that alternates between glass and white concrete surfaces. Devoted to “the development of .... More>>
23 Apr 2018
Six Senses Fiji opens with nature-focused Spa Village
Six Senses Fiji opens with nature-focused Spa Village   Six Senses’ newest resort in Fiji has opened with a Six Senses Spa designed as a contemporary interpretation of a traditional Fijian village. Designed by New Zealand-based architect Richard Priest, Six Senses Fiji includes 24 pool villas and 60 residential villas located along a private sandy beach. The 60 .... More>>
23 Apr 2018
Movenpick’s 6,000sq m Dead Sea spa undergoes full renovation
Movenpick’s 6,000sq m Dead Sea spa undergoes full renovation   Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea in Jordan has unveiled a comprehensive renovation to its 6,000sq m (64,583sq ft) Zara Spa, including a new dedicated Turkish bath area with eight different hammam experiences. The spa has retained its Arabian design but has also added a nail studio, retreat lounge, meditation .... More>>
23 Apr 2018
Earth Day 2018: Remove plastics from World Heritage Sites, says Unesco
Earth Day 2018: Remove plastics from World Heritage Sites, says Unesco   Unesco has sent out a message on Earth Day 2018, calling for an end to plastic pollution at World Heritage sites. Research suggests that rubbish and pollution are a significant problem at many World Heritage sites. Increased tourism means that more people are leaving trash at the world’s most iconic sites. .... More>>
23 Apr 2018
Deloitte report: European fitness market worth €26.6bn
Deloitte report: European fitness market worth €26.6bn   A 4 per cent increase in the number of people having health club memberships helped European fitness club operators record total revenues of €26.6bn (£23.3bn, US$32.7bn) during 2017. The figures come from the European Health & Fitness Market Report 2018, published by EuropeActive and Deloitte at the .... More>>
20 Apr 2018
Video: Attractions Management News Flash 20 April 2018
Video: Attractions Management News Flash 20 April 2018   The latest Attractions Management News Flash Video is now live! In this broadcast, we look at Disney chief Bob Iger's Presidential ambitions, Universal Studios' Orlando rumoured expansion, U2's 'The Claw' heading to a Salt Lake Aquarium and National Geographic's move into the Saudi Arabian attractions market. .... More>>
20 Apr 2018
Prepare the youth to protect world heritage in the future, says Unesco
Prepare the youth to protect world heritage in the future, says Unesco   Mechtild Rössler, director of Unesco's World Heritage Centre, has said the youth population must be prepared to protect the world's heritage for future generations. Speaking on 18 April – the International Day for Monuments and Sites – Rössler said the education of young people would be the best way to protect .... More>>
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