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Attractions Management
2014 issue 1

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7   Editor's letter: Creating Wealth
Great companies like Merlin Entertainments generate whole ecosystems around themselves, with employees and their families, shareholders, investors, suppliers, stakeholders and customers benefiting from the wealth, energy and opportunity they create

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12   Theme park news: Texas Theme Park gets opening date
Plans to bring a massive entertainment complex and theme park in Houston, Texas, US have taken a step forward after an opening date of Q1 2015 was set

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14   Waterpark news: Third Splash Kingdom for Texas
Splash Kingdom Waterparks will be adding to its portfolio of Texas, US venues after Greenville City Council voted to allow the creation of a park off Interstate 30

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16   Attractions news: Merlin reports steady growth in 2013
Merlin Entertainments plc enjoyed a positive year in 2013, with the attractions company reporting like-for-like revenue growth of 6.7 per cent

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18   Science centre news: Science centre seeks new home
An educational group looking to acquire an art museum in Aspen, Colorado, US, wants to transform it into a new not-for- profit science centre

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20   Zoo news: Plans revealed for New Doha Zoo
A masterplan design has been revealed for the New Doha Zoo in Qatar, with the 75-hectare attraction planned to provide visitors with a sustainable focus on the natural and climatic features of three different continents

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22   Museum and gallery news: Ronaldo opens Ronaldo museum
Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has announced that he is opening a museum devoted to himself

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24   Heritage news: Stonehenge opens visitor centre
Global icon Stonehenge, UK has a new exhibition and visitor centre, aimed to transform the site from a quick stop off and photo opportunity into an immersive visitor experience, giving a sense of what it was like to live back in the Bronze Age

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26   Profile: Alberto Zamperla
The Italian ride entrepreneur is attracting international attention for his ambitious plans to build a new cultural attraction in the heart of Venice. Liz Terry finds out more

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30   Interview: Nick Varney
Merlin's CEO Nick Varney on the future as a plc

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32   Profile: Merlin and the money men
Analyst Nigel Bland looks at how Merlin financed its way to the top

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36   Merlin: Secrets of success
Liz Terry on Merlin company's road to success and its key strategies along the way

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38   Planetariums: Science in the sky
We talk to Techmania's CEO Vlastimil Volak and designer Glenn Smith about the opening of the first 3D Planetarium in the Czech Republic

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42   Museums: Sea Views
Exploring underwater museums with eco-sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor

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48   Heritage: Completing the circle
A new £27m visitor scheme for Stonehenge opens to the public

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54   Museums: The history channel
ICOM's president Hans-Martin Hinz talks about the museum council's focus for the future

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58   Eco development: Green paradise
We look at the early plans for an eco

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On the Cover...: Nick Varney, CEO of Merlin Entertainments
 
60   Mystery Shopper: River tales
Jennifer Harbottle explore's Asia's first river-themed wildlife park with her family
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64   Show review: IAAPA 2013
News, products and industry views from the IAAPA exhibition and conference which took place in Orlando, Florida
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70   IAAPA 2013 show report: Industry Viewpoints
What were the hot topics and trends being discussed at the show?
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72   IAAPA 2013 show report: Show time
Lesley Morisetti reports on key messages from the IAAPA conference
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74   Conservation: Panda Power
Jak Phillips investigates the lucrative world of panda leasing
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78   Waterparks: The next wave
Franceen Gonzales on the latest trends in waterpark entertainment
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82   Apps and audio guides: Mobile communications
A look at the latest technology helping to make attractions a multi-media affair
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86   Technology: 3D printing
The new wave of 3D printers can offer the attractions world exciting possibilities
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90   Kitbag: Special effects
The latest technology designed to excite the senses at today's attractions
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92   Show preview: DEAL 2014
A look ahead to this year's show in Dubai
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94   Web gallery:
A source of attractions services
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