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The highly-anticipated Eden Project Dundee has received planning permission from councillors, meaning the £130m (US$165.3m, €153.5m) project can now go ahead


The French are famous for their cheese and now it’s being celebrated with the launch of a new cheese museum in Paris - the first in the country


New research has found that museums in the UK need a 10-20% increase in funding just in order to stabilise their finances, with many concerned over ongoing funding shortfalls


The Albergo dei Poveri, one of Europe’s biggest historic buildings, is undergoing nearly €150m worth of work that will see it house the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, as well as university facilities and the city’s National Library


UK charity Guide Dogs has partnered with Warner Bros Studio Tour London in order to enhance the visitor experience for those with visual impairments and to create a best-in-class blueprint for other attractions to follow in the future


The reopening of an attraction in Bristol, UK, is being celebrated with a city-wide hunt for free tickets to the popular science centre.


Christie is offering a showcase of “95 years of innovation” at this year’s InfoComm, with the AV specialists set to showcase a range of integrated and interactive technology at this year’s event.


Despite facing a number of global challenges, the cruise industry is on target to break a pre-pandemic record as nearly 35 million passengers are expected to take to the seas for a cruise vacation


In a world affected by conflict, climate change and economic uncertainty, culture and cultural icons are under threat, but the British Council and its partners are leading projects across 19 countries to protect and preserve the world's cultural heritage. Stephanie Grant, director of the Cultural Protection Fund explains how this work is being done and why it is essential


India’s largest chain of theme parks, Wonderla, is set to launch its fourth offering with the May 24 launch of Wonderla Bhubaneswar.


Australia’s Perth Zoo has started the next phase of its government-backed AUS$51m expansion with work starting on a new gibbon habitat that will triple the animals’ space while also offering visitors new ways to see them


Universal Destinations & Experiences has said that as much as 92% of 6,000 local residents surveyed are in favour of plans for a Universal theme park in the UK.


Hallmark is launching its own immersive Christmas experience, with the themed event coming to Kansas City this holiday season


Visiting zoos and aquariums can influence positive behavioural changes and attitudes, a new study has found.


Safari style lodges overlooking giraffes grazing on a savannah have been given the go ahead at Chester Zoo.


WhiteWater has been named as the supplier to Qiddiya’s Aquarabia, with the company set to deliver a range of groundbreaking and record-breaking products to the under-construction attraction


London’s Natural History Museum has announced its newly transformed gardens will open to the public this July


An ex-intelligence officer from Saudi Arabia has alleged that Saudi forces were instructed to use ‘lethal force’ against those resisting relocation as a result of the under-construction linear mega city The Line


The German city of Bad Harzburg has a new dark ride addition, with its operator HarzVenture hoping the new attraction proves popular as tourists seek entertainment options during the winter months


An increasing trend at Disney World is somewhat surprisingly seeing more and more people choosing to work remotely from the resort’s theme parks.


French theme park and zoo Le Pal is celebrating the launch of Fjord Explorer - its brand new Water Coaster ride from Mack Rides and BoldMove


Two men have been charged with criminal damage following the felling of the famous Sycamore Gap tree along Hadrian’s Wall


The European Commission is inviting tourism destinations across Europe to showcase their innovative sustainable tourism practices, with the launch of the 2025 edition of the European Green Pioneer of Smart Tourism competition.


More than 40 cultural heritage sites in Gaza have been damaged in the Israel-Gaza conflict, Unesco has revealed.


A new attraction has arrived at Germany’s Heide Park, with Dämonen Gruft frighting and delighting visitors since its launch in March. Alterface’s Stéphane Battaille spoke to Planet Attractions about what went into the horror-filled ride’s creation


Changes set to be made to Disney’s Disability Access Service will punish those with disabilities rather than prevent use by able-bodied ‘disability fakers’, a group has said


Over a dozen people have been injured following an incident at Universal Studios Hollywood that saw a tram carrying passengers crash.


As the city of Amsterdam continues to attempt to reduce tourism numbers, the city is taking its next big step by saying ‘no’ to new hotels.


A new immersive experience is coming to Las Vegas, with ‘Bob Marley Hope Road’ set to open at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino later this year.


Design consultancy Mather & Co has been appointed to reimagine the Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, with the project set to see the museum's Grade II-listed building transformed into a contemporary cultural destination for local people and tourists.


Queues of up to an hour were in place ahead of the first public event about Universal’s UK theme park plans, with the operator saying the local people have embraced the project, keen for it to become a reality.


Disney says it is changing its policy for guests with disabilities at its theme parks, with the changes coming alongside the threat of a lifetime ban from its parks for those who attempt to misuse the programme.


DEAL celebrated its 30th edition with a record-breaking show that saw more people than ever visit the regional meeting point. Here's what happened:


Cedar Fair is making use of Attractions.io’s MapLayr, utilising the interactive and layered mapping technology to add 'flair and functionality' as it reimagines the mobile experience across all 13 of its US theme parks


Already the largest of its kind in Europe, here’s how the Signal light festival worked with Christie to bring the spectacle to life


After overseeing a transformation of London’s National Portrait Gallery, Nicholas Cullinan has been chosen to do the same again, this time as director of the British Museum


Oklahoma City Zoo officials and supporters gathered Tuesday to celebrate the long-awaited opening of Expedition Africa, the largest habitat in the zoo’s 122-year history.


Archaeologists undertaking excavations on Insula 10 (Regio IX)—a central area of the city of Pompeii—have discovered an ancient Roman construction site.


Thailand is looking to its calendar of major festivals to draw tourists to the country, with its government eyeing to generate more income through the sector.


‘Evolution of Cruise’ will be the theme for this year’s Seatrade Cruise Global ahead of the industry-leading event’s return in April


First-of-its-kind research from Historic England has quantified the impact of local heritage on residents, with the annual economic benefit of historic sites in the country worth an estimated £29bn


English Heritage is testing body-worn cameras at four of the national organisation’s sites in an attempt to deter anti-social behaviour and crime, as well as to protect its staff during ‘confrontational situations’



Natalia Szczepanczyk, segment manager for Experiential and Immersive Applications at Holoplot, shares insights into the status quo of immersive entertainment and the advances in audio technology Holoplot brings


Aura: The Forest at the Edge of the Sky is among the outstanding projects to be recognised with a Thea Award, with the Weta Workshop celebrating its achievements in creating the multisensory retail experience


BoldMove’s expanded Smash and Reload formats, as well as its new Voodoo Festival IP will be a key focus for the company through 2024


Saudi Arabia’s tourism push is gaining momentum with more than US$13bn of private investment attracted by the kingdom’s ongoing spending spree


Holovis technology has been celebrated at the 30th annual TEA Thea Awards, with SeaWorld Yas Island, Abu Dhabi claiming one of the prestigious prizes


With the entertainment industry expected to contribute around US$23bn to Saudi Arabia by 2030, it’s no wonder that SEA Expo continues to grow at pace with the rapidly expanding market. Here’s what to expect for its sixth edition this May


Perth’s Elizabeth Quay is set to welcome an immersive art experience from award-winning studio Atelier Sisu next month, with large-scale ‘bubbles’ to captivate audiences through a vibrant sound and light spectacle.


An iconic British rollercoaster is about to reopen to the public following a complete track replacement, with Nemesis Reborn opening to the public for the new season at Alton Towers starting March 16.


The Smithsonian Institution will introduce a new policy on human remains that will see descendants or communities of origin able to decide what happens to their ancestors


There’s a trend on social media that is seeing more and more virtual and AI influencers gain significant popularity, should you be using them to promote your attractions? Tom Anstey explores...


The UK’s Science Museum Group has revealed a significant partnership with the Saudi Ministry of Culture which includes the development of a new Museums Hub in Riyadh as the two nations focus on boosting co-operation, cultural exchange and more in the museum sector


McDonald’s is bringing its manga counterpart to life with its new ‘WcDonald's’ campaign introducing an immersive dining experience among other anime-themed products


Fans of My Neighbor Totoro will finally get the chance to ride the iconic Catbus for real starting next month when a fleet of special vehicles make their debut at Japan’s Ghibli Park


Normandy’s historic D-Day landing beaches could finally be named a Unesco World Heritage Site with the cultural organisation now ready to consider a new application 80 years on from the event that marked the beginning of Europe’s liberation from the Nazis


Ripley’s is offering out its latest annual free of charge after some of its titles were pulled from school libraries as a direct result of Florida’s controversial law restricting the discussion of LGBTQ+ issues in public schools.


John Wick is the latest major IP to be announced for Las Vegas’s immersive entertainment district Area15, with the new experience taking visitors inside the world of the franchise as they navigate their own high-stakes action adventure


Gone are the days of stuffy and quiet museums. In today's world, people seek unique experiences, an escape from reality, and a place where they can immerse themselves and express their creativity. With this in mind, we have asked our designers about the trends that are currently shaping museums. Read on to discover their insights


Workers who bring characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Cinderella to life could be about to unionise.


Belgium’s Bellewaerde Park is investing €21m in a new themed land for 2024. Erik Huijing visited Mundo Amazonia ahead of its opening next month to get a behind the scenes look at the upcoming addition to the park


Saudi Arabia’s tourism push is hitting the rails with the country investing US$75m into an Orient Express-style luxury train that will travel to two of the Kingdom’s World Heritage Sites


The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) Highland Wildlife Park has announced that it has joined the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).


The fire that has almost totally destroyed Swedish theme park Liseberg’s under-construction Oceana Water World waterpark continues to burn, with emergency services saying that firefighting efforts are being complicated by risk of building collapse.


Two people are in critical condition following an incident in which a tree fell onto PortAventura’s Tomahawk coaster


From waterpark suppliers and media specialists to creative designers, dark ride producers and operations specialists, Planet Attractions has gone to every corner of the globe to find out what’s hot in 2024


Liseberg’s under construction Oceana waterpark has been almost totally destroyed following a major fire that has seen 22 people seek medical care, while one man remains missing


Triotech and BoldMove have jointly announced the launch of the new Smash and Reload Maxi dark ride product alongside a new IP - Voodoo Festival


The streets, hotels and restaurants around the ruins of Machu Picchu - Peru’s most famous tourist attraction - remained almost deserted Wednesday, with train services to the area canceled amid a week-long protest over the outsourcing of entry ticket sales to a private company.


With records for the tallest, fastest and longest rollercoaster all set to be broken by a single ride, it should give you an idea of the kind of thrills in-store for thrillseekers this year as we list 26 of the biggest coaster launches coming in 2024


Director Steven Spielberg has said the upcoming Epic Universe theme park in Orlando from Universal is being “built on an amazing concept”.


Charity organisation Survival International has called on Prince Harry to ‘distance himself’ from African Parks and step down from its board, after allegations emerged accusing some of its guards of abuse against Indigenous people


Red Sea Global, a developer behind a number of major tourism-focused projects in Saudi Arabia, has unveiled beach cleaning robots designed to keep its waterfronts plastic free.


The game changing Epic Universe has been dubbed Universal’s ‘most ambitious theme park yet’, with the operator offering a first official look at its fourth Orlando gate





The Caribbean island of St Vincent is eyeing cruise visitors for a major new theme park based on the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise


The Giant has its first location, with the mammoth moving attraction and accompanying exhibition set to open at the American Dream Mall in New Jersey, US, in 2025


It's a big number for a small museum.


Japanese authorities are fighting over tourism on Mount Fuji by announcing plans to introduce a toll and visitor cap on the World Heritage site’s most popular hiking trail


Buda, Texas, will be the location of a brand new US$1.5m golf-themed family entertainment centre, after city council members approved incentive funding of up to US$400,000 to realise the project.





The American Heritage Museum has unveiled the restoration of a WWII-era German Deutsche Reichsbahn Rail Car in the first phase of a project aiming to develop a comprehensive permanent exhibit remembering the Holocaust


A Wild West theme park has been severely damaged by fire, with two people injured and millions in damage caused by the blaze.


Pokémon cards meant to be released at the Van Gogh Museum will return to the cultural attraction in February or March after the cards were originally removed from sale as a result of a public riot.


Malta National Aquarium has opened a brand new attraction from Triotech that blends state-of-the-art technology with special effects to create an exciting and educational underwater experience


The Gold Coast’s theme parks will be among the attractions to benefit from a scheme that will see 50,000 vouchers worth AU$50 (US$33, £26) each offered to spend on experiences in the area.


For 40 years, Battersea Power Station was closed to the public and one of London’s largest (literally) enigmas. But these days the old power station is open for all to explore. Following a mega redevelopment completed in 2022, BPS boasts everything from designer shopping and swanky bars with incredible vistas to glitzy multi-million-pound penthouses and a shiny new tube station.


Blackpool Pleasure Beach in Lancashire, UK, has launched a recruitment drive to fill more than 100 job vacancies as the theme park gears up for its 2024 season.


More than 4,000 people representing FECs, leisure attractions and more are expected to attend this year’s EAG Expo, with the annual event representing one of the first in-person gatherings for the attractions industry on the 2024 calendar.


Artists from across the world are set to travel to the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius later this month as they display their illumination projects for the sixth annual Vilnius Light Festival.


Entering 2024, companies across the attractions and themed entertainment industries are on the hunt for new talent. Check out some of the positions available right now worldwide


A new AI-powered Elvis Presley concert experience billed as a celebration of the artist’s life and legacy is coming to London later this year


The Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) in the US, has received a US$6.5m (€5.3m, £5.1m) donation, the largest in the institution’s history.


A cultural attraction dedicated to China’s Great Wall will become a national museum when it reopens in 2025 following an extensive renovation


An animal attraction that earns the vast majority of its revenue from visiting tourists is suffering significant declines as a result of the cruise industry.


The British Museum has been branded ‘astonishingly out of touch’ after announcing its decision to accept a record-breaking £50m donation from oil giant BP


A new visitor attraction dedicated to Manchester City has opened its doors in Abu Dhabi, with the new City Challenge offering visitors a chance to show off their footballing skills through a range of immersive experiences


The Blue Lagoon - one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions - has reopened for the first time in over a month following fears of a volcanic eruption.


Former Walt Disney Attractions chairman Dick Nunis has died aged 91.


The cruise industry is lined up for a record year, with travellers from across the globe booking trips in greater numbers than even before as the travel sector bounces back from the effects of the global pandemic


International tourism has almost completely recovered from the Covid-19 pandemic with many destinations reaching or even exceeding pre-pandemic levels, according to UNWTO


Outernet London - the West End’s visually stunning immersive entertainment district is now one of the British capital’s most popular attractions after welcoming 6.25 million visitors since opening in November last year.


A new attraction has opened its doors inside the Rockefeller Center, with the New York landmark now offering visitors a chance to recreate one of the most iconic images in history -


Criminal orders have been issued against two Legoland employees, after a rollercoaster crash that injured 29 people.


Sansei Technologies has announced the acquisition of leading experience design firm Forrec, with the Japanese ride and equipment manufacturer promising to elevate the guest experience through the new partnership


Peru’s government is planning to significantly increase the number of people allowed to visit the iconic Machu Picchu on a daily basis.


Renowned artist Tracey Emin has been appointed a trustee of the British Museum, with Emin becoming the first female Royal Academician appointed to the role in the institution’s history.


Storyland Studios is behind the development of Libertyland USA - a world class theme park and resort development coming to South Dakota in 2026


Saudi Arabia has won a bid to host World Expo 2030 in Riyadh, with US$7.8bn set to be invested into building a site that focuses on ‘shaping a prosperous and sustainable future’


Daleks, the Tardiss and other icons of


A new theme park nestled within the forests of Japan’s northern Okinawa Prefecture will open in 2025, with the surrounding nature inspiring the soon-to-debut Jungalia.


A post-pandemic surge in tourist arrivals to the Middle East is fuelling a shift towards experiences over products, with destinations such as the upcoming Six Flags Qiddya and the SEVEN entertainment destinations predicted to net the region a combined US$14bn (€12.79bn, £11.89bn) annually by 2028.


A recent study has revealed that people from the Gen Z age bracket are seeking more sustainable brands, with customers feeling significantly more positive about those that make sustainability a priority.


Formula 1 and Tottenham Hotspur are joining forces to deliver a first-of-its-kind karting experience that will allow people of all abilities to feel as though they are part of an F1 Grand Prix


Triotech has unveiled a brand new attraction at IAAPA Expo, with SuperFly set to debut in Canada at FEC NEB's Fun World.


Dual additions to accesso’s product portfolio have strengthened the attractions technology provider’s offering in 2023. Steve Drake, accesso’s senior vice president of Global Initiatives, speaks to Planet Attractions


September saw the debut of a brand-new addition to Salt Lake City’s Lagoon Park - a hybrid rollercoaster and dark ride experience known as Primordial. Planet Attractions speaks to Ernest Yale and Nol Van Genuchten about the experience and how its team brought the first-of-its-kind attraction to life


One of the Edwardian era’s last remaining passenger steamships has docked in Kingston, Ontario, with the vessel set to become a permanent heritage attraction.


Benoit Cornet, CEO of dark ride specialists BoldMove Nation, has said that visitors are looking more and more for experiences they can immerse themselves in, with attention to detail being key to creating such an attraction.


Intamin’s Lukas Spieldiener speaks to Planet Attractions on the launch of a number of immersive projects this year, with further such attractions also in the pipeline for 2024 and beyond


The 2024 edition of the Museums + Heritage Awards will be open for nominations starting November 1.


The Messi Experience - an immersive visitor attraction dedicated to global footballing megastar Lionel Messi - will open its doors in Miami in April next year


Officials from Israeli museums have called on the International Council of Museums to recognise Hamas as a terror organisation “akin to the Taliban”


A major cultural attraction has opened its doors in Manchester, with the £210m Aviva Studios representing the largest investment in a national cultural project since the opening of Tate Modern in 2000


Attractions industry veteran Clara Rice has been named global marketing director of Adirondack Studios (ADKS), a creative solution provider targeting designers, producers, artists and other themed entertainment professionals.


Yorkshire’s Craven Museum has beaten off competition from some of the UK’s top museums, galleries, historic homes and heritage sites to be named the winner of this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award


A new free-roaming immersive Angry Birds experience has made its debut, with the Pigvasion sending players on a mission to recover stolen eggs from some villainous pigs


Morty - an experience app which describes itself as ‘the ultimate social copilot for you and your friends’ - has raised more than US$2.2m as the company expands operations into the haunted attractions market


Dr Nick Merriman is set to replace Kate Mavor CBE as chief executive of English Heritage, the charity has announced.


Benoit Cornet shares a fascinating insight into the world of dark rides and the emergence of his new company - BoldMove Nation


The Association of Science and Technology Centers has announced the winners of this year’s Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards, with each recognised for their dedication to increasing the understanding of and engagement with science and technology among all people


ADG’s Julie Kline speaks to Planet Attractions on everything the company has to offer, including the upcoming US$400m Okana development in Oklahoma


Alex Book, co-founder and chief strategy officer at Arcade – The Creative Reality Company, explains how attractions and cultural institutions can make use of immersive technologies to reach new audiences


A new exhibit from the National WWII Museum in New Orleans will give its visitors the opportunity to have conversations with some of the heroes of World War II, with AI technology powering the upcoming Voices from the Front experience


Disney’s ability to create high-quality content on movies and TV along with real-world versions of these experiences allows the company to “occupy an unrivalled presence within the minds of people across the globe”.


The 2023 edition of the Brand Licensing Expo is to host a new location-based entertainment trail offering special events in partnership with several major brands and IP


IAAPA Expo Europe has come to its conclusion, with lots of news coming out of the record-breaking event in Vienna


There’s a transformative shift happening when it comes to use of technology in attractions management. Anthony Palermo, co-founder of Connect&GO, spoke to Tom Anstey...


Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center is set to welcome a popular Titanic exhibition, with visitors to be immersed in full-scale room re-creations of the doomed vessel alongside 154 authentic artefacts when it opens to the public next month.


The Pokémon Company has announced an unusual collaboration that will see the popular Pokémon IP arrive at the Vincent Van Gogh Museum for a special event


Visitors to this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe will be able to walk away with a number of unique items and VIP experiences thanks to a charity auction to be held at the event in Vienna


A US$14.5m project, including a new planetarium, has been approved for the town of Spartanburg in South Carolina, US


A controversial housing development on the former site of Bristol Zoo in Clifton, UK, is to go ahead despite public backlash.


The Great Wall of China has suffered ‘irreversible damage’ after two people dug a hole through the wall with an excavator to create a shortcut


Up to seven people could soon be charged with the theft of a solid gold toilet stolen from Blenheim Palace in 2019 following a major breakthrough in the case


A Banksy exhibition has broken box office records at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art, attracting more than 180,000 visitors during its 10 week run


Path Entertainment Group and Hasbro recently worked together to produce a world-first immersive Monopoly experience. Path CEO David Hutchinson shares all with Planet Attractions


The head of the Smithsonian Institution has apologised for its collection of human remains.


The Disney World resort has hosted its largest-ever wish-granting event with more than 50 children invited to the resort for its Once Upon A Wish Party


Pink paint being smeared onto a Tom Thomson work at the National Gallery of Canada is the latest in a long line of recent attacks against art in the name of protest.


Attractions across Florida have made preparations and many have closed following the arrival of Hurricane Idalia and predicted storm surges


The Gorman Museum of Native American Art will reopen next month with a celebratory weekend marking the institution’s 50th anniversary


France is taking action at a national level to counter over-tourism in major tourism locations such as the Unesco World Heritage site of Mont Saint Michel.


Heritage operation Severn Valley Railway (SVR) has confirmed the sale of one of its most popular locomotives in an effort to secure its financial future.


The Museums Association has said ‘categorically’ that theft from collections is ‘incredibly rare, after more than 1,500 priceless artefacts were found to have been stolen from the British Museum


Norway’s cruise industry is booming, with 5.5 million passengers expected to make a port call during 2023 as individual visits shoot up by 29%


Peter van der Schans has now been at the helm of IAAPA’s EMEA operations for more than a year. He shares with Planet Attractions how that year has gone and the progress being made in the global attractions markets of Europe, the Middle East and Africa


The Orlando Museum of Art is suing its former director Aaron De Groft for allegedly seeking to profit from the sale of several fake Jean-Michel Basquiat artworks


Republican governor Ron DeSantis has called for Disney CEO Bob Iger to drop the company’s federal lawsuit against the state of Florida


Astronaut and space diplomat Namira Salim has revealed plans to develop a new space tourism concept offering a space hotel, themed restaurants, a stargazing deck and a possible theme park


Historic England has announced the appointment of Conservative peer Lord Neil Mendoza as its new chair.


The Gunpowder Plot is a multilayered immersive experience set at the Tower of London. Planet Attractions spoke to the team behind the development to see exactly how it came to life...


Chessington World of Adventures has been announced as the host for this year’s UK Theme Park Awards, with George Akid set to return to his role as presenter during the awards ceremony at the popular attraction


French theme park and animal attraction Le Pal is celebrating its 50th year in 2023. Its CEO, Arnaud Bennet speaks to Planet Attractions on half-a-century of one of the country’s most popular offerings


Japanese people are opting to stay at home rather than travel overseas despite the complete end to Covid-travel restrictions in the country as of October 2022.


London’s Horniman Museum has been awarded £5.7m by the National Lottery Heritage Fund for its Nature + Love project


Seven has announced the latest entertainment mega destination to come to Saudi Arabia following the breaking ground of its SAR1.3bn development in the city of Al-Madinah


China’s Hangzhou Zoo has had to assure its visitors that its sun bears are not just people in costume, after footage of one of the animals standing like a person went viral online.


The Dr Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry (NMD) in Baltimore, US, has been awarded a US$1.28m (€1.2m, £1m) grant from the Science Education Partnership Award to transform how young people are taught about oral health.


The recently launched Sensational Museum project has outlined its goal to challenge the hierarchical split between museum provision for disabled and non-disabled people, and create museums that "work for everyone".


The UK’s national tourism board VisitBritain/VisitEngland is to open a new head office in Birmingham.


Unesco says it’s deeply dismayed over an attack carried out by the Russian forces, which hit several cultural sites in the city centre of Odesa, while President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has pledged retaliation for the act


The Roald Dahl Museum has announced plans to develop free resources for schools as part of its commitment to anti-racism.


A lioness currently being hunted in the southwestern outskirts of Berlin is not thought to be from any local zoos, animal sanctuaries or circuses.


Extreme flooding in northern India has seen water make it all the way to the walls of the Taj Mahal - the first time such an occurrence has happened in 45 years


A senior politician for the island nation of Tobago has said that a US$300m waterpark development must not come ‘at the expense of ordinary citizens’ as the country faces a water deficit


A young entrepreneur has raised upwards of US$100,000 in her ambition to build a theme park dedicated to the US state of Texas.


The proposed Eden Project Dundee attraction has begun the formal planning process after submitting a proposal of application notice to Dundee City Council


Sir Patrick Vallance, chairman of the board of trustees at London’s Natural History Museum, says he believes he is in “exactly the right place”,


Efteling saw record attendance in 2022, with 5.43 million people visiting the popular Dutch theme park.


A former Disney Imagineer has said the operator’s theme parks are more stressful and less fun for families.


Passenger and freight shipping company Arctic Umiaq Line and cruise operator Hurtigruten Norway have announced a new partnership designed to boost growth and opportunities in Greenland's tourism industry.


Molly Murphy has been named the new president of Universal Creative, with the former Gensler principal set to lead the design and creation of Universal theme park experiences across the world


The Sphere, MSG’s new entertainment arena in Las Vegas, US, was lit up for the first time this month as part of a pre-launch ahead of its official debut in September


Football could be coming home to Sheffield in the UK, following an application to develop an immersive football experience in a disused timber depot in the city


Renowned British broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has unveiled a quote of his own outside London’s Natural History Museum.


The post-pandemic return of tourism worldwide has seen Merlin Entertainments move back to profit, with the operator returning to its pre-pandemic growth trajectory.


Virgin Voyages has partnered with Jennifer Lopez to launch Jen A.I. a new tool that enables guests to receive personalised invitations from the pop superstar


The leaders of London’s National Portrait Gallery say the historic institution is now more accessible to all, with a complete reimagining of the attraction focused on increasing representation and inspiring people


Lionel Messi is about to get his own touring attraction, with ‘The Messi Experience, A Dream Come True’ set to debut in the US in 2024


Eighteen museums from across the UK have been shortlisted for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award.


The UK’s Chester Zoo has been awarded £318,323 (US$405,000, €370,000) by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) that will be used to help create and restore vital habitats to support local wildlife.


The PIF-owned Red Sea Global has been announced as the sponsor of the Al-Ahli Football Club, also owned by PIF, in Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Pro League


Florida’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis is seeking to dismiss Disney’s federal lawsuit against him, claiming that he has “legislative immunity”.


One person has died and nine have been left seriously injured after a rollercoaster car derailed at Sweden’s Gröna Land amusement park


The UK’s Peace Museum has been awarded a £250,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund that will see the museum relocate to Saltaire, a World Heritage village in West Yorkshire


Five people have been killed after the Titan tourist submarine imploded less than two hours into a dive exploring the wreckage of the Titanic


On 18 May 2023, experts in resilience-based management and local teams from Unesco marine World Heritage sites met online to share best practices and first-hand insights on designing and implementing resilience strategies that take a holistic approach in addressing the impacts of climate change and help communities to adapt to the inevitable change.


A new exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, UK, will explore the city’s, and its famous university’s, links to the slave trade and exploitation.


accesso has announced the acquisition of leading ticketing and visitor management system provider VGS, with the award-winning SnApp platform to be rebranded accesso Horizon


Europa-Park has reopened following a major fire at the park earlier this week


Around 10,000 people gathered at Stonehenge for the annual summer solstice, with 154,000 more watching the event online.


The Sursock Museum in Beirut, Lebanon, has reopened to the public, almost three years after it was destroyed in a deadly explosion that claimed the lives of more than 200 people.


The conflict in Sudan has left experts fearing for the country’s cultural heritage, with museums unable to adequately protect their collections


Open for the summer season, the Kalahari Resort in Round Rock has significantly expanded its outdoor waterpark with the addition of a lazy river, a new kids area, a swim up bar and more


Saudi Arabia is set to invest a further US$800bn on top of the US$1tn investment it has already made in tourism, with even more new projects set to come up in the kingdom over the course of the next decade


Kingda Ka - the world’s tallest rollercoaster - is closed indefinitely following an incident where the ride’s launch cable snapped while riders were still on the attraction.


With huge floods hitting northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region in May, the country’s museums are playing their part in helping recovery, raising prices by €1 as part of a wider €2bn aid package.


A new immersive visitor attraction will open its doors at the Dubai Mall later this year


A new VR cinema attraction that allows guests to observe a family group of endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda has opened at Zoo Atlanta


BT has launched an all-new experience in the UK that uses camera and HD projection to bring 360° content to life in a range of realities powered by 5G


The Biden administration has banned all new gas and oil drilling at Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site in New Mexico, US, for the next 20 years.


Disney Cruise Line (DCL) has teamed up with several community organisations in the Bahamas to build a new garden at the Ranfurly Homes for Children, which is hoped will inspire the young residents to grow and eat their own produce.


Majid Al Futtaim Entertainment is offering sub-zero temperatures to visitors in the UAE with the launch of its newest attraction - Snow Abu Dhabi


Russia’s assault on Ukraine has claimed the lives of 300 animals after massive flooding of the Kazkova Dibrova Zoo occurred following the Kakhovka dam blast.


The China Science and Technology Museum says it has served more than 500 million people over the past two decades, with mobile projects aimed at popularising science taking place in some of the country’s most remote regions.


Miirage is a new modular holographic system bringing the virtual world to life without any additional need for mobile devices, screens or wearables. The creators behind the technology speak to Planet Attractions about the new product and exactly what it can do...


Qatar has launched an exhibition showcasing plans for four new museums, with the Art Mill Museum, Lusail Museum, Qatar Auto Museum and Dadu Children’s Museum of Qatar all to open in the country by the end of the decade


An expansion of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) in Delhi will make the institution the largest art and culture centre in India when it opens in 2026.





London’s Horniman Museum is to undergo a £10m (US$13m, €12m) renovation that will ‘reinvigorate and re-interpret’ the Grade-Ilisted building and its surrounding hilltop gardens.


Scotland’s Natural & Cultural Heritage Fund (NCHF) has awarded a share of £22m (US$27m, €25m) to more than a dozen tourist attractions in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, as part of a new scheme to promote tourism in the area.


Cairns Aquarium is on the hunt for a new investor, with Colliers appointed to seek expressions of interest for the popular Queensland attraction


A late ninth- or early 10th-century book thought to be the earliest, most complete copy of the Hebrew Bible has sold at auction for US$38.1m (€35.5m, £30.5m), with the religious artefact set to become part of the permanent collection at the Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, Israel.


How can you leverage user-generated content and photo purchases to drive revenue and simultaneously promote your attraction? Attractions.io’s Peter O’Dare has the answers...


The Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Colorado, US, is to close a gallery dedicated to Indigenous people and culture, which it says perpetuates racist stereotypes.


The Expo 2020 Dubai site continues to undergo its repurposing following the event, with more than 3,000 workers set to be based on-site by September.


London’s Vagina Museum will be forced to close its doors permanently if fundraising efforts are unsuccessful, the museum has announced


Seven architects and design firms have been named on a shortlist of seven to design a £100m attraction in the heart of Belfast, Northern Ireland.


A revamped museum at the home of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club has doubled attendance over the last 10 months, the Premier League club has said.


UN experts have expressed alarm after three people evicted from homes to make way for Saudi Arabia’s The Line, now face the death penalty


US civil rights organisation the NAACP has warned minority tourists against visiting Florida due to several ‘discriminatory’ laws supported by Republican governor Ron DeSantis


The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) has appointed celebrated architects Lina Ghotmeh and Asif Khan to design two major museums in Saudi Arabia.


The Carnival Dream cruise liner helped a number of people in need after their boat capsized in the Belize Channel.


Disney has scrapped plans for a US$1bn corporate campus in Lake Nono, Florida, as the company’s public feud with Florida governor Ron DeSantis continues


Showcasing exactly what it means to produce an immersive entertainment experience, RWS Entertainment Group and MSC Cruises have turned their eyes to fitness and wellbeing, with a new programme on MSC’s Euribia debuting in May and June for teens and kids.


Attractions.io has teamed up with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to develop a brand new experience platform for guests of the popular destination


A major Transformers attraction is planned for Seven’s upcoming entertainment destination in Riyadh, with plans for two further attractions in the kingdom as Saudi Arabia’s PIF continues to expand its entertainment offerings


A new exhibition, sharing multiple perspectives on The Troubles in Northern Ireland, will open at London’s Imperial War Museum at the end of May


Andreas Andersen speaks to Planet Attractions about what's coming for Liseberg following the launch of Luna Park, the opening of the Grand Curiosa Hotel and the soon-to-open Oceana waterpark


A consortium of art foundations and charitable organisations has launched a new funding initiative that aims to promote diversity and inclusion in art museum leadership roles across the US


The board appointed by Florida governor Ron DeSantis has filed a lawsuit against Disney just days after the entertainment giant sued the board for stripping it of its self-governed status


Ohio’s Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is set to debut a Ferris wheel attraction later this month, with the new Adventure Sky Wheel set to open to the public on May 27.


The British Museum has launched a new audio app to enhance its visitor experience.


A new brand home dedicated to Pilsner Urquell has opened its doors in Prague. BRC’s Christian Lachel tells Planet Attractions how the attraction celebrates the brand’s place in Czech history and culture


Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum has announced a new partnership with the Landmark Trust, which will see one of the UK city’s oldest surviving Georgian properties transformed into a heritage holiday home.


A UK-based military museum has become not only the first museum in the world to reach 100 million views on Youtube but also the most-watched museum-based YouTube channel in the world


Chester Zoo is set to host "Planet Shark: Predator or Prey," a touring exhibition dedicated to sharks. Taking visitors through 310 million years of shark evolution, the immersive experience debuts in May


A new blockbuster exhibition based on hit CBBC show Operation Ouch! will open at the Science and Industry Museum (SIM) in Manchester, UK, in July



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Dundee’s £130m Eden Project gets council approval


The highly-anticipated Eden Project Dundee has received planning permission from councillors, meaning the £130m (US$165.3m, €153.5m) project can now go ahead

Paris welcomes France’s first cheese museum


The French are famous for their cheese and now it’s being celebrated with the launch of a new cheese museum in Paris - the first in the country

Two-thirds of UK museum directors concerned over funding shortfalls


New research has found that museums in the UK need a 10-20% increase in funding just in order to stabilise their finances, with many concerned over ongoing funding shortfalls

Museum plans included as Italy begins major redevelopment of one of Europe’s largest historic buildings


The Albergo dei Poveri, one of Europe’s biggest historic buildings, is undergoing nearly €150m worth of work that will see it house the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, as well as university facilities and the city’s National Library

Dogwarts: Warner Bros Studio Tour partners with guide dog charity to improve accessibility for visually impaired


UK charity Guide Dogs has partnered with Warner Bros Studio Tour London in order to enhance the visitor experience for those with visual impairments and to create a best-in-class blueprint for other attractions to follow in the future

STEM attraction launches city-wide ticket hunt ahead of reopening


The reopening of an attraction in Bristol, UK, is being celebrated with a city-wide hunt for free tickets to the popular science centre.

Christie to offer end-to-end solutions at InfoComm 2024


Christie is offering a showcase of “95 years of innovation” at this year’s InfoComm, with the AV specialists set to showcase a range of integrated and interactive technology at this year’s event.

Cruise industry on target for record year as passenger numbers set for all-time high


Despite facing a number of global challenges, the cruise industry is on target to break a pre-pandemic record as nearly 35 million passengers are expected to take to the seas for a cruise vacation

The world is on fire, so why should we care about cultural heritage?


In a world affected by conflict, climate change and economic uncertainty, culture and cultural icons are under threat, but the British Council and its partners are leading projects across 19 countries to protect and preserve the world's cultural heritage. Stephanie Grant, director of the Cultural Protection Fund explains how this work is being done and why it is essential

India’s Wonderla to launch new theme park in Bhubaneswar


India’s largest chain of theme parks, Wonderla, is set to launch its fourth offering with the May 24 launch of Wonderla Bhubaneswar.

Perth Zoo masterplan in full swing as work starts on multi-million dollar gibbon habitat


Australia’s Perth Zoo has started the next phase of its government-backed AUS$51m expansion with work starting on a new gibbon habitat that will triple the animals’ space while also offering visitors new ways to see them

Universal says 92% of people support UK theme park plan


Universal Destinations & Experiences has said that as much as 92% of 6,000 local residents surveyed are in favour of plans for a Universal theme park in the UK.

Hallmark to launch immersive Christmas-themed experience


Hallmark is launching its own immersive Christmas experience, with the themed event coming to Kansas City this holiday season

Zoo and aquarium visits influence people to change behaviour and be more sustainable


Visiting zoos and aquariums can influence positive behavioural changes and attitudes, a new study has found.

Chester Zoo set to open safari lodges where guests can watch giraffes from their rooms


Safari style lodges overlooking giraffes grazing on a savannah have been given the go ahead at Chester Zoo.

WhiteWater to supply record-breaking attractions for Qiddiya’s Aquarabia waterpark


WhiteWater has been named as the supplier to Qiddiya’s Aquarabia, with the company set to deliver a range of groundbreaking and record-breaking products to the under-construction attraction

Transformed Natural History Museum gardens to reopen in July


London’s Natural History Museum has announced its newly transformed gardens will open to the public this July

Lethal force allegations made against Saudi Arabia’s The Line


An ex-intelligence officer from Saudi Arabia has alleged that Saudi forces were instructed to use ‘lethal force’ against those resisting relocation as a result of the under-construction linear mega city The Line

Germany’s HarzVenture expands operations with new Bad Harzburg dark ride attraction


The German city of Bad Harzburg has a new dark ride addition, with its operator HarzVenture hoping the new attraction proves popular as tourists seek entertainment options during the winter months

Disney World theme parks are becoming remote working hotspots


An increasing trend at Disney World is somewhat surprisingly seeing more and more people choosing to work remotely from the resort’s theme parks.

Le Pal’s €11m Fjord Explorer opens to the public alongside new themed neighbourhood


French theme park and zoo Le Pal is celebrating the launch of Fjord Explorer - its brand new Water Coaster ride from Mack Rides and BoldMove

Two charged over felling of famous Sycamore Gap tree


Two men have been charged with criminal damage following the felling of the famous Sycamore Gap tree along Hadrian’s Wall

European Commission seeks Green Pioneer of Smart Tourism for 2025


The European Commission is inviting tourism destinations across Europe to showcase their innovative sustainable tourism practices, with the launch of the 2025 edition of the European Green Pioneer of Smart Tourism competition.

More than 40 heritage sites damaged in Israel-Gaza conflict, Unesco confirms


More than 40 cultural heritage sites in Gaza have been damaged in the Israel-Gaza conflict, Unesco has revealed.

Alone in the Dark: Alterface’s Stéphane Battaille on Heide Park’s terrifying new Dämonen Gruft dark ride attraction


A new attraction has arrived at Germany’s Heide Park, with Dämonen Gruft frighting and delighting visitors since its launch in March. Alterface’s Stéphane Battaille spoke to Planet Attractions about what went into the horror-filled ride’s creation

Disney rule change punishes people with disabilities for actions of able-bodied ‘disability fakers’, says group


Changes set to be made to Disney’s Disability Access Service will punish those with disabilities rather than prevent use by able-bodied ‘disability fakers’, a group has said

Universal tram accident injures more than a dozen people


Over a dozen people have been injured following an incident at Universal Studios Hollywood that saw a tram carrying passengers crash.

Amsterdam bans new hotel development in latest bid to reduce tourism numbers


As the city of Amsterdam continues to attempt to reduce tourism numbers, the city is taking its next big step by saying ‘no’ to new hotels.

Bob Marley immersive experience making its way to Las Vegas


A new immersive experience is coming to Las Vegas, with ‘Bob Marley Hope Road’ set to open at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino later this year.

Mather appointed to reimagine Hereford Museum and Art Gallery


Design consultancy Mather & Co has been appointed to reimagine the Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, with the project set to see the museum's Grade II-listed building transformed into a contemporary cultural destination for local people and tourists.

Locals queue for hours ahead of public consultation for UK Universal theme park


Queues of up to an hour were in place ahead of the first public event about Universal’s UK theme park plans, with the operator saying the local people have embraced the project, keen for it to become a reality.

Disney threatens guests who lie about disabilities with lifetime bans from theme parks


Disney says it is changing its policy for guests with disabilities at its theme parks, with the changes coming alongside the threat of a lifetime ban from its parks for those who attempt to misuse the programme.

Landmark 30th edition of DEAL makes its mark on MENA region


DEAL celebrated its 30th edition with a record-breaking show that saw more people than ever visit the regional meeting point. Here's what happened:

Attractions.io’s MapLayr utilised for reimagined Cedar Fair guest experience app


Cedar Fair is making use of Attractions.io’s MapLayr, utilising the interactive and layered mapping technology to add 'flair and functionality' as it reimagines the mobile experience across all 13 of its US theme parks

Bright and beautiful: How Europe’s biggest light festival delivered with Christie


Already the largest of its kind in Europe, here’s how the Signal light festival worked with Christie to bring the spectacle to life

Nicholas Cullinan to join British Museum as new director


After overseeing a transformation of London’s National Portrait Gallery, Nicholas Cullinan has been chosen to do the same again, this time as director of the British Museum

Oklahoma City Zoo unveils $35M Expedition Africa exhibit


Oklahoma City Zoo officials and supporters gathered Tuesday to celebrate the long-awaited opening of Expedition Africa, the largest habitat in the zoo’s 122-year history.

An ancient construction site, complete with cement recipe, is discovered in Pompeii


Archaeologists undertaking excavations on Insula 10 (Regio IX)—a central area of the city of Pompeii—have discovered an ancient Roman construction site.

Thailand places emphasis on festivals in bid to attract more tourists


Thailand is looking to its calendar of major festivals to draw tourists to the country, with its government eyeing to generate more income through the sector.

Seatrade Cruise Global to explore ‘Evolution of Cruise’ at 2024 event


‘Evolution of Cruise’ will be the theme for this year’s Seatrade Cruise Global ahead of the industry-leading event’s return in April

Wellbeing created by local heritage in England creates £29bn a year in economic benefits, says study


First-of-its-kind research from Historic England has quantified the impact of local heritage on residents, with the annual economic benefit of historic sites in the country worth an estimated £29bn

English Heritage sites trial body cameras in attempt to deter anti-social behaviour


English Heritage is testing body-worn cameras at four of the national organisation’s sites in an attempt to deter anti-social behaviour and crime, as well as to protect its staff during ‘confrontational situations’

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Spatial Sound, Immersive Audio: What is it and is it here to stay?


Natalia Szczepanczyk, segment manager for Experiential and Immersive Applications at Holoplot, shares insights into the status quo of immersive entertainment and the advances in audio technology Holoplot brings

Forest at the edge of the sky: Wētā Workshop celebrates Thea recognition for immersive mall experience


Aura: The Forest at the Edge of the Sky is among the outstanding projects to be recognised with a Thea Award, with the Weta Workshop celebrating its achievements in creating the multisensory retail experience

BoldMove’s Smash and Reload iterations and new IP company focus for 2024


BoldMove’s expanded Smash and Reload formats, as well as its new Voodoo Festival IP will be a key focus for the company through 2024

Saudi Arabia attracts US$13bn of private investment as tourism industry continues to grow at pace


Saudi Arabia’s tourism push is gaining momentum with more than US$13bn of private investment attracted by the kingdom’s ongoing spending spree

Holovis technology celebrated as SeaWorld Yas Island Abu Dhabi recognised with Thea Award


Holovis technology has been celebrated at the 30th annual TEA Thea Awards, with SeaWorld Yas Island, Abu Dhabi claiming one of the prestigious prizes

SEA Expo positioned as key industry event as Saudi attractions market continues to surge


With the entertainment industry expected to contribute around US$23bn to Saudi Arabia by 2030, it’s no wonder that SEA Expo continues to grow at pace with the rapidly expanding market. Here’s what to expect for its sixth edition this May

Atelier Sisu’s ‘Ephemeral’ making its way to Perth


Perth’s Elizabeth Quay is set to welcome an immersive art experience from award-winning studio Atelier Sisu next month, with large-scale ‘bubbles’ to captivate audiences through a vibrant sound and light spectacle.

Iconic UK coaster Nemesis to reopen at Alton Towers following refurbishment


An iconic British rollercoaster is about to reopen to the public following a complete track replacement, with Nemesis Reborn opening to the public for the new season at Alton Towers starting March 16.

Smithsonian to introduce new human remains policy following task force investigation


The Smithsonian Institution will introduce a new policy on human remains that will see descendants or communities of origin able to decide what happens to their ancestors

How can attractions capitalise on the rise of AI and virtual influencers?


There’s a trend on social media that is seeing more and more virtual and AI influencers gain significant popularity, should you be using them to promote your attractions? Tom Anstey explores...

Science Museum Group to develop Riyadh hub after announcing partnership with Saudi Ministry of Culture


The UK’s Science Museum Group has revealed a significant partnership with the Saudi Ministry of Culture which includes the development of a new Museums Hub in Riyadh as the two nations focus on boosting co-operation, cultural exchange and more in the museum sector

McDonald’s to host immersive anime and manga dining experience as restaurant chain launches ‘WcDonald’s’ campaign


McDonald’s is bringing its manga counterpart to life with its new ‘WcDonald's’ campaign introducing an immersive dining experience among other anime-themed products

Ghibli Park’s real-life ‘Catbus’ vehicles to debut in March


Fans of My Neighbor Totoro will finally get the chance to ride the iconic Catbus for real starting next month when a fleet of special vehicles make their debut at Japan’s Ghibli Park

D-Day landing beaches could be named World Heritage Site as Unesco considers listing


Normandy’s historic D-Day landing beaches could finally be named a Unesco World Heritage Site with the cultural organisation now ready to consider a new application 80 years on from the event that marked the beginning of Europe’s liberation from the Nazis

Ripley’s responds to Florida book ban by offering free books to residents


Ripley’s is offering out its latest annual free of charge after some of its titles were pulled from school libraries as a direct result of Florida’s controversial law restricting the discussion of LGBTQ+ issues in public schools.

John Wick the latest major addition to Area15 as new immersive experience announced for Las Vegas entertainment district


John Wick is the latest major IP to be announced for Las Vegas’s immersive entertainment district Area15, with the new experience taking visitors inside the world of the franchise as they navigate their own high-stakes action adventure

Museum exhibition design trends


Gone are the days of stuffy and quiet museums. In today's world, people seek unique experiences, an escape from reality, and a place where they can immerse themselves and express their creativity. With this in mind, we have asked our designers about the trends that are currently shaping museums. Read on to discover their insights

Disneyland’s costumed performers consider unionisation


Workers who bring characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Cinderella to life could be about to unionise.

Mundo Amazonia: Exploring Bellewaerde Park’s new themed area for 2024


Belgium’s Bellewaerde Park is investing €21m in a new themed land for 2024. Erik Huijing visited Mundo Amazonia ahead of its opening next month to get a behind the scenes look at the upcoming addition to the park

Saudi Arabia investing US$75m for region’s first luxury train experience


Saudi Arabia’s tourism push is hitting the rails with the country investing US$75m into an Orient Express-style luxury train that will travel to two of the Kingdom’s World Heritage Sites

Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park joins WAZA


The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) Highland Wildlife Park has announced that it has joined the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).

Liseberg fire still burning three days in


The fire that has almost totally destroyed Swedish theme park Liseberg’s under-construction Oceana Water World waterpark continues to burn, with emergency services saying that firefighting efforts are being complicated by risk of building collapse.

Two in critical condition after tree falls on to PortAventura rollercoaster


Two people are in critical condition following an incident in which a tree fell onto PortAventura’s Tomahawk coaster

Supplier Showcase 2024: The biggest attractions projects landing worldwide this year


From waterpark suppliers and media specialists to creative designers, dark ride producers and operations specialists, Planet Attractions has gone to every corner of the globe to find out what’s hot in 2024

One missing as Liseberg’s under construction Oceana waterpark destroyed by fire


Liseberg’s under construction Oceana waterpark has been almost totally destroyed following a major fire that has seen 22 people seek medical care, while one man remains missing

Triotech and BoldMove introduce Smash and Reload Maxi alongside Voodoo Festival IP


Triotech and BoldMove have jointly announced the launch of the new Smash and Reload Maxi dark ride product alongside a new IP - Voodoo Festival

Protests over new ticketing system for Machu Picchu


The streets, hotels and restaurants around the ruins of Machu Picchu - Peru’s most famous tourist attraction - remained almost deserted Wednesday, with train services to the area canceled amid a week-long protest over the outsourcing of entry ticket sales to a private company.

Twenty-six of the biggest rollercoaster launches coming in 2024


With records for the tallest, fastest and longest rollercoaster all set to be broken by a single ride, it should give you an idea of the kind of thrills in-store for thrillseekers this year as we list 26 of the biggest coaster launches coming in 2024

‘Epic Universe is built on an amazing concept’ says Steven Spielberg


Director Steven Spielberg has said the upcoming Epic Universe theme park in Orlando from Universal is being “built on an amazing concept”.

Prince Harry urged by charity to step down from African Parks board following serious abuse allegations against rangers


Charity organisation Survival International has called on Prince Harry to ‘distance himself’ from African Parks and step down from its board, after allegations emerged accusing some of its guards of abuse against Indigenous people

Beach cleaning robots remove plastics from Saudi beaches


Red Sea Global, a developer behind a number of major tourism-focused projects in Saudi Arabia, has unveiled beach cleaning robots designed to keep its waterfronts plastic free.

‘Most ambitious theme park yet’: Harry Potter, Mario and more set to feature as Universal shares official first look at upcoming Epic Universe resort


The game changing Epic Universe has been dubbed Universal’s ‘most ambitious theme park yet’, with the operator offering a first official look at its fourth Orlando gate

Protesters throw soup at the Mona Lisa in the Louvre museum in Paris



Pirates of the Caribbean theme park planned for St Vincent


The Caribbean island of St Vincent is eyeing cruise visitors for a major new theme park based on the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise

The Giant coming to New Jersey’s American Dream


The Giant has its first location, with the mammoth moving attraction and accompanying exhibition set to open at the American Dream Mall in New Jersey, US, in 2025

Sacramento History Museum reaches 1 billion views on YouTube channel


It's a big number for a small museum.

Visitor cap for Mount Fuji as Japan cracks down on tourist pollution


Japanese authorities are fighting over tourism on Mount Fuji by announcing plans to introduce a toll and visitor cap on the World Heritage site’s most popular hiking trail

Tap In golf FEC coming to Texas in 2025


Buda, Texas, will be the location of a brand new US$1.5m golf-themed family entertainment centre, after city council members approved incentive funding of up to US$400,000 to realise the project.

Denmark says people ‘need to chill’ in new tourism campaign



Holocaust-era train car goes on display at American Heritage Museum


The American Heritage Museum has unveiled the restoration of a WWII-era German Deutsche Reichsbahn Rail Car in the first phase of a project aiming to develop a comprehensive permanent exhibit remembering the Holocaust

German theme park damaged by fire


A Wild West theme park has been severely damaged by fire, with two people injured and millions in damage caused by the blaze.

Pikachu card that caused riot and employee thefts to go back on sale at Van Gogh Museum


Pokémon cards meant to be released at the Van Gogh Museum will return to the cultural attraction in February or March after the cards were originally removed from sale as a result of a public riot.

Triotech instals new attraction at Malta National Aquarium


Malta National Aquarium has opened a brand new attraction from Triotech that blends state-of-the-art technology with special effects to create an exciting and educational underwater experience

Australian government boosts weather impacted Gold Coast attractions with voucher scheme


The Gold Coast’s theme parks will be among the attractions to benefit from a scheme that will see 50,000 vouchers worth AU$50 (US$33, £26) each offered to spend on experiences in the area.

Battersea Power Station officially one of London’s most popular attractions


For 40 years, Battersea Power Station was closed to the public and one of London’s largest (literally) enigmas. But these days the old power station is open for all to explore. Following a mega redevelopment completed in 2022, BPS boasts everything from designer shopping and swanky bars with incredible vistas to glitzy multi-million-pound penthouses and a shiny new tube station.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach launches recruitment drive ahead of 2024 summer season


Blackpool Pleasure Beach in Lancashire, UK, has launched a recruitment drive to fill more than 100 job vacancies as the theme park gears up for its 2024 season.

London’s Excel prepares to host EAG Expo


More than 4,000 people representing FECs, leisure attractions and more are expected to attend this year’s EAG Expo, with the annual event representing one of the first in-person gatherings for the attractions industry on the 2024 calendar.

Artists descending on Lithuania for Vilnius Light Festival


Artists from across the world are set to travel to the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius later this month as they display their illumination projects for the sixth annual Vilnius Light Festival.

Companies seek new hires as new year rings in fresh opportunities for attractions industry


Entering 2024, companies across the attractions and themed entertainment industries are on the hunt for new talent. Check out some of the positions available right now worldwide

Return of the King: Elvis to make posthumous return with live avatar experience


A new AI-powered Elvis Presley concert experience billed as a celebration of the artist’s life and legacy is coming to London later this year

Science Museum of Minnesota receives historic US$6.5m donation


The Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) in the US, has received a US$6.5m (€5.3m, £5.1m) donation, the largest in the institution’s history.

China’s Great Wall Museum set to reopen in 2025 following major renovation


A cultural attraction dedicated to China’s Great Wall will become a national museum when it reopens in 2025 following an extensive renovation

Cruise industry affects Cayman Islands turtle centre


An animal attraction that earns the vast majority of its revenue from visiting tourists is suffering significant declines as a result of the cruise industry.

British Museum criticised after signing record-breaking £50m funding deal with BP


The British Museum has been branded ‘astonishingly out of touch’ after announcing its decision to accept a record-breaking £50m donation from oil giant BP

Manchester City launches interactive attraction in Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall


A new visitor attraction dedicated to Manchester City has opened its doors in Abu Dhabi, with the new City Challenge offering visitors a chance to show off their footballing skills through a range of immersive experiences

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon reopens following volcanic eruption fears


The Blue Lagoon - one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions - has reopened for the first time in over a month following fears of a volcanic eruption.

Former Disney chairman Dick Nunis passes away


Former Walt Disney Attractions chairman Dick Nunis has died aged 91.

Cruise industry set for bumper year with record number of passengers booked for 2024


The cruise industry is lined up for a record year, with travellers from across the globe booking trips in greater numbers than even before as the travel sector bounces back from the effects of the global pandemic

International tourism close to full recovery after 2023 arrivals close in on 90 percent of pre-pandemic figures


International tourism has almost completely recovered from the Covid-19 pandemic with many destinations reaching or even exceeding pre-pandemic levels, according to UNWTO

Outernet beats out London’s top attraction to become most visited


Outernet London - the West End’s visually stunning immersive entertainment district is now one of the British capital’s most popular attractions after welcoming 6.25 million visitors since opening in November last year.

New Rockefeller Center visitor attraction allows visitors to recreate iconic New York City beam photo


A new attraction has opened its doors inside the Rockefeller Center, with the New York landmark now offering visitors a chance to recreate one of the most iconic images in history -

Penalty orders issued against Legoland employees in Germany following coaster accident


Criminal orders have been issued against two Legoland employees, after a rollercoaster crash that injured 29 people.

Sansei Technologies promises to elevate guest experience after announcing major acquisition of Forrec


Sansei Technologies has announced the acquisition of leading experience design firm Forrec, with the Japanese ride and equipment manufacturer promising to elevate the guest experience through the new partnership

Machu Picchu footfall set to skyrocket as government raises visitor cap


Peru’s government is planning to significantly increase the number of people allowed to visit the iconic Machu Picchu on a daily basis.

Tracey Emin joins British Museum as trustee


Renowned artist Tracey Emin has been appointed a trustee of the British Museum, with Emin becoming the first female Royal Academician appointed to the role in the institution’s history.

World-class theme park and resort development coming to Mount Rushmore area


Storyland Studios is behind the development of Libertyland USA - a world class theme park and resort development coming to South Dakota in 2026

Saudi Arabia wins bid to host World Expo 2030 in Riyadh


Saudi Arabia has won a bid to host World Expo 2030 in Riyadh, with US$7.8bn set to be invested into building a site that focuses on ‘shaping a prosperous and sustainable future’

LCI produces water projections for 60th anniversary of Doctor Who


Daleks, the Tardiss and other icons of

Theme park inspired by nature to debut in Japan in 2025


A new theme park nestled within the forests of Japan’s northern Okinawa Prefecture will open in 2025, with the surrounding nature inspiring the soon-to-debut Jungalia.

Middle East’s leisure and entertainment industry predicted to hit US$14bn by 2028 as experience economy surges


A post-pandemic surge in tourist arrivals to the Middle East is fuelling a shift towards experiences over products, with destinations such as the upcoming Six Flags Qiddya and the SEVEN entertainment destinations predicted to net the region a combined US$14bn (€12.79bn, £11.89bn) annually by 2028.

Gen Z seeks brands that prioritise sustainability, says study


A recent study has revealed that people from the Gen Z age bracket are seeking more sustainable brands, with customers feeling significantly more positive about those that make sustainability a priority.

Formula 1 and Tottenham Hotspur partner on world-first karting experience


Formula 1 and Tottenham Hotspur are joining forces to deliver a first-of-its-kind karting experience that will allow people of all abilities to feel as though they are part of an F1 Grand Prix

Triotech announces new SuperFly attraction coming to NEB's Fun World


Triotech has unveiled a brand new attraction at IAAPA Expo, with SuperFly set to debut in Canada at FEC NEB's Fun World.

WATCH: Steve Drake on accesso’s expanding portfolio


Dual additions to accesso’s product portfolio have strengthened the attractions technology provider’s offering in 2023. Steve Drake, accesso’s senior vice president of Global Initiatives, speaks to Planet Attractions

Next generation: How Triotech innovated a first of its kind attraction with Lagoon Park’s Primordial


September saw the debut of a brand-new addition to Salt Lake City’s Lagoon Park - a hybrid rollercoaster and dark ride experience known as Primordial. Planet Attractions speaks to Ernest Yale and Nol Van Genuchten about the experience and how its team brought the first-of-its-kind attraction to life

Historic cruise ship offers ‘exciting legacy project’


One of the Edwardian era’s last remaining passenger steamships has docked in Kingston, Ontario, with the vessel set to become a permanent heritage attraction.

‘Immersion’ top of list for world-class dark ride development


Benoit Cornet, CEO of dark ride specialists BoldMove Nation, has said that visitors are looking more and more for experiences they can immerse themselves in, with attention to detail being key to creating such an attraction.

WATCH: Intamin’s Lukas Spieldiener on company’s immersive projects


Intamin’s Lukas Spieldiener speaks to Planet Attractions on the launch of a number of immersive projects this year, with further such attractions also in the pipeline for 2024 and beyond

Nominations for Museums + Heritage Awards to open November 1


The 2024 edition of the Museums + Heritage Awards will be open for nominations starting November 1.

Messi Experience world tour set for Miami debut in April


The Messi Experience - an immersive visitor attraction dedicated to global footballing megastar Lionel Messi - will open its doors in Miami in April next year

Israeli museum officials issue urgent appeal to ICOM to condemn Hamas attacks in open letter


Officials from Israeli museums have called on the International Council of Museums to recognise Hamas as a terror organisation “akin to the Taliban”

UK’s largest cultural investment in a generation opens doors in Manchester


A major cultural attraction has opened its doors in Manchester, with the £210m Aviva Studios representing the largest investment in a national cultural project since the opening of Tate Modern in 2000

Clara Rice joins Adirondack Studios as global marketing director


Attractions industry veteran Clara Rice has been named global marketing director of Adirondack Studios (ADKS), a creative solution provider targeting designers, producers, artists and other themed entertainment professionals.

Craven Museum named winner of Family Friendly Museum Award 2023


Yorkshire’s Craven Museum has beaten off competition from some of the UK’s top museums, galleries, historic homes and heritage sites to be named the winner of this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award

Pigvasion: Attraktion! and Rovio launch free roaming immersive Angry Birds experience


A new free-roaming immersive Angry Birds experience has made its debut, with the Pigvasion sending players on a mission to recover stolen eggs from some villainous pigs

Experience app Morty raises US$2.2m as platform expands into haunted attractions market


Morty - an experience app which describes itself as ‘the ultimate social copilot for you and your friends’ - has raised more than US$2.2m as the company expands operations into the haunted attractions market

Dr Nick Merriman named as chief executive of English Heritage


Dr Nick Merriman is set to replace Kate Mavor CBE as chief executive of English Heritage, the charity has announced.

Thought leaders: Benoit Cornet on how BoldMove is developing the total dark ride package


Benoit Cornet shares a fascinating insight into the world of dark rides and the emergence of his new company - BoldMove Nation

STEM educators celebrated as ASTC names winners of Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards


The Association of Science and Technology Centers has announced the winners of this year’s Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards, with each recognised for their dedication to increasing the understanding of and engagement with science and technology among all people

WATCH: Julie Kline on ADG, EpicSurf and company’s development pipeline


ADG’s Julie Kline speaks to Planet Attractions on everything the company has to offer, including the upcoming US$400m Okana development in Oklahoma

Using technology to take the visitor experience beyond the four walls


Alex Book, co-founder and chief strategy officer at Arcade – The Creative Reality Company, explains how attractions and cultural institutions can make use of immersive technologies to reach new audiences

Upcoming AI experience allows museum visitors to speak to the heroes of World War II


A new exhibit from the National WWII Museum in New Orleans will give its visitors the opportunity to have conversations with some of the heroes of World War II, with AI technology powering the upcoming Voices from the Front experience

Disney occupies ‘unrivalled presence within the minds of people across the globe’, says analyst


Disney’s ability to create high-quality content on movies and TV along with real-world versions of these experiences allows the company to “occupy an unrivalled presence within the minds of people across the globe”.

Brand Licensing Expo gets underway with new location-based entertainment trail


The 2023 edition of the Brand Licensing Expo is to host a new location-based entertainment trail offering special events in partnership with several major brands and IP

Record-breaking results as IAAPA Expo Europe concludes Vienna event


IAAPA Expo Europe has come to its conclusion, with lots of news coming out of the record-breaking event in Vienna

Solving the puzzle: Connect&GO’s Anthony Palermo on how technology is rapidly changing attractions management


There’s a transformative shift happening when it comes to use of technology in attractions management. Anthony Palermo, co-founder of Connect&GO, spoke to Tom Anstey...

Titanic exhibition set to arrive at Carnegie Science Centre


Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center is set to welcome a popular Titanic exhibition, with visitors to be immersed in full-scale room re-creations of the doomed vessel alongside 154 authentic artefacts when it opens to the public next month.

Pokémon and Van Gogh collaboration to open at the end of September


The Pokémon Company has announced an unusual collaboration that will see the popular Pokémon IP arrive at the Vincent Van Gogh Museum for a special event

Big prizes up for grabs in Vienna as charity auction announced for IAAPA Expo Europe


Visitors to this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe will be able to walk away with a number of unique items and VIP experiences thanks to a charity auction to be held at the event in Vienna

Plans approved for multi-million-dollar planetarium in South Carolina


A US$14.5m project, including a new planetarium, has been approved for the town of Spartanburg in South Carolina, US

Controversial Bristol Zoo housing development to go ahead despite public backlash


A controversial housing development on the former site of Bristol Zoo in Clifton, UK, is to go ahead despite public backlash.

Construction workers attempting to create shortcut dig hole through Great Wall of China


The Great Wall of China has suffered ‘irreversible damage’ after two people dug a hole through the wall with an excavator to create a shortcut

Breakthrough in Blenheim Palace US$6m gold toilet theft


Up to seven people could soon be charged with the theft of a solid gold toilet stolen from Blenheim Palace in 2019 following a major breakthrough in the case

Banksy’s first solo exhibition in 14 years draws record numbers to Glasgow gallery


A Banksy exhibition has broken box office records at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art, attracting more than 180,000 visitors during its 10 week run

Lifesized: How Path Entertainment and Hasbro brought Monopoly to life as a visitor experience


Path Entertainment Group and Hasbro recently worked together to produce a world-first immersive Monopoly experience. Path CEO David Hutchinson shares all with Planet Attractions

Smithsonian apologises for collection of human remains


The head of the Smithsonian Institution has apologised for its collection of human remains.

Disney World hosts largest-ever wish-granting event for World Princess Week


The Disney World resort has hosted its largest-ever wish-granting event with more than 50 children invited to the resort for its Once Upon A Wish Party

Pink paint smear at National Gallery of Canada the latest in long line of art-related climate protests


Pink paint being smeared onto a Tom Thomson work at the National Gallery of Canada is the latest in a long line of recent attacks against art in the name of protest.

Attractions prepare as Hurricane Idalia arrives in Florida


Attractions across Florida have made preparations and many have closed following the arrival of Hurricane Idalia and predicted storm surges

Gorman Museum of Native American Art celebrates 50 years with opening of expanded new home


The Gorman Museum of Native American Art will reopen next month with a celebratory weekend marking the institution’s 50th anniversary

France set to combat over-tourism at popular heritage sites


France is taking action at a national level to counter over-tourism in major tourism locations such as the Unesco World Heritage site of Mont Saint Michel.

Heritage railway forced to sell historic locomotive amid rising costs


Heritage operation Severn Valley Railway (SVR) has confirmed the sale of one of its most popular locomotives in an effort to secure its financial future.

Museum theft ‘rare’ says Museums Association following British Museum revelations


The Museums Association has said ‘categorically’ that theft from collections is ‘incredibly rare, after more than 1,500 priceless artefacts were found to have been stolen from the British Museum

Norwegian cruising at an all-time high as 5.5 million sail to destination in 2023


Norway’s cruise industry is booming, with 5.5 million passengers expected to make a port call during 2023 as individual visits shoot up by 29%

Evolving the industry of fun: Peter van der Schans on the attractions markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe


Peter van der Schans has now been at the helm of IAAPA’s EMEA operations for more than a year. He shares with Planet Attractions how that year has gone and the progress being made in the global attractions markets of Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Orlando Museum of Art sues former director for seeking to profit from fake Basquiats


The Orlando Museum of Art is suing its former director Aaron De Groft for allegedly seeking to profit from the sale of several fake Jean-Michel Basquiat artworks

DeSantis calls for Disney to drop federal lawsuit against him


Republican governor Ron DeSantis has called for Disney CEO Bob Iger to drop the company’s federal lawsuit against the state of Florida

Astronaut Namira Salim reveals concept for Earth’s first ‘space hotel’ and resort


Astronaut and space diplomat Namira Salim has revealed plans to develop a new space tourism concept offering a space hotel, themed restaurants, a stargazing deck and a possible theme park

Lord Mendoza appointed chair of Historic England


Historic England has announced the appointment of Conservative peer Lord Neil Mendoza as its new chair.

Unfoiling the plot: Meet the team behind the Tower of London’s Gunpowder Plot experience


The Gunpowder Plot is a multilayered immersive experience set at the Tower of London. Planet Attractions spoke to the team behind the development to see exactly how it came to life...

UK Theme Park Awards 2023 come to Chessington World of Adventures as George Akid announced as presenter


Chessington World of Adventures has been announced as the host for this year’s UK Theme Park Awards, with George Akid set to return to his role as presenter during the awards ceremony at the popular attraction

Generational development: Arnaud Bennet on 50 years of Le Pal


French theme park and animal attraction Le Pal is celebrating its 50th year in 2023. Its CEO, Arnaud Bennet speaks to Planet Attractions on half-a-century of one of the country’s most popular offerings

Japanese tourists staying at home despite lifting of Covid travel restrictions


Japanese people are opting to stay at home rather than travel overseas despite the complete end to Covid-travel restrictions in the country as of October 2022.

Horniman Museum’s Nature + Love project awarded £5.7m in Lottery funding


London’s Horniman Museum has been awarded £5.7m by the National Lottery Heritage Fund for its Nature + Love project

Saudi Arabia’s Seven breaks ground on latest project with SAR1.3bn entertainment destination coming to Al-Madinah


Seven has announced the latest entertainment mega destination to come to Saudi Arabia following the breaking ground of its SAR1.3bn development in the city of Al-Madinah

Bears are not humans in disguise, insists Chinese zoo


China’s Hangzhou Zoo has had to assure its visitors that its sun bears are not just people in costume, after footage of one of the animals standing like a person went viral online.

National Museum of Dentistry receives US$1.28m grant to revolutionise oral health education for young learners


The Dr Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry (NMD) in Baltimore, US, has been awarded a US$1.28m (€1.2m, £1m) grant from the Science Education Partnership Award to transform how young people are taught about oral health.

Sensational Museum project aims to change how museums work for everyone


The recently launched Sensational Museum project has outlined its goal to challenge the hierarchical split between museum provision for disabled and non-disabled people, and create museums that "work for everyone".

VisitBritain to open new headquarters in Birmingham


The UK’s national tourism board VisitBritain/VisitEngland is to open a new head office in Birmingham.

Unesco and Zelenskyy condemn Russian attacks on historic World Heritage Site


Unesco says it’s deeply dismayed over an attack carried out by the Russian forces, which hit several cultural sites in the city centre of Odesa, while President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has pledged retaliation for the act

Roald Dahl Museum takes action to address legacy of author’s racism


The Roald Dahl Museum has announced plans to develop free resources for schools as part of its commitment to anti-racism.

Suspected lion roaming Berlin area not from a zoo


A lioness currently being hunted in the southwestern outskirts of Berlin is not thought to be from any local zoos, animal sanctuaries or circuses.

Floodwaters reach Taj Mahal for first time in almost half-a-century


Extreme flooding in northern India has seen water make it all the way to the walls of the Taj Mahal - the first time such an occurrence has happened in 45 years

Minister questions US$300m Tobago waterpark project over water shortages


A senior politician for the island nation of Tobago has said that a US$300m waterpark development must not come ‘at the expense of ordinary citizens’ as the country faces a water deficit

Entrepreneur eyes ‘TexasLand’ theme park


A young entrepreneur has raised upwards of US$100,000 in her ambition to build a theme park dedicated to the US state of Texas.

Eden Project Dundee formally begins planning process


The proposed Eden Project Dundee attraction has begun the formal planning process after submitting a proposal of application notice to Dundee City Council

Sir Patrick Vallance says he is in ‘exactly the right place’ as Natural History Museum chairman


Sir Patrick Vallance, chairman of the board of trustees at London’s Natural History Museum, says he believes he is in “exactly the right place”,

Efteling breaks visitor attendance record


Efteling saw record attendance in 2022, with 5.43 million people visiting the popular Dutch theme park.

Modern Disney more stressful and less fun for families, says former Imagineer


A former Disney Imagineer has said the operator’s theme parks are more stressful and less fun for families.

Arctic Umiaq Line and Hurtigruten Norway join forces to promote sustainable tourism in Greenland


Passenger and freight shipping company Arctic Umiaq Line and cruise operator Hurtigruten Norway have announced a new partnership designed to boost growth and opportunities in Greenland's tourism industry.

Molly Murphy to lead Universal Creative after being named new president


Molly Murphy has been named the new president of Universal Creative, with the former Gensler principal set to lead the design and creation of Universal theme park experiences across the world

Sphere lights up Vegas Strip for the first time ahead of September launch


The Sphere, MSG’s new entertainment arena in Las Vegas, US, was lit up for the first time this month as part of a pre-launch ahead of its official debut in September

Immersive football experience eyed for Sheffield, UK, after plans submitted


Football could be coming home to Sheffield in the UK, following an application to develop an immersive football experience in a disused timber depot in the city

Sir David Attenborough unveils quote at Natural History Museum


Renowned British broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has unveiled a quote of his own outside London’s Natural History Museum.

Return of international tourists brings Merlin back to profit


The post-pandemic return of tourism worldwide has seen Merlin Entertainments move back to profit, with the operator returning to its pre-pandemic growth trajectory.

Virgin Voyages launches next ‘Jeneration’ AI tool with Jennifer Lopez


Virgin Voyages has partnered with Jennifer Lopez to launch Jen A.I. a new tool that enables guests to receive personalised invitations from the pop superstar

Reopened and reimagined National Portrait Gallery ‘of people, for people’ following £35.5m transformation


The leaders of London’s National Portrait Gallery say the historic institution is now more accessible to all, with a complete reimagining of the attraction focused on increasing representation and inspiring people

The Messi Experience: Touring tribute to Lionel Messi set to debut in US in 2024


Lionel Messi is about to get his own touring attraction, with ‘The Messi Experience, A Dream Come True’ set to debut in the US in 2024

Shortlist revealed for Family Friendly Museum Award


Eighteen museums from across the UK have been shortlisted for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award.

UK’s Chester Zoo awarded more than £300,000 by National Lottery Heritage Fund to boost wildlife conservation and community engagement


The UK’s Chester Zoo has been awarded £318,323 (US$405,000, €370,000) by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) that will be used to help create and restore vital habitats to support local wildlife.

PIF-owned Red Sea Global announces sponsorship deal with Saudi Pro League’s PIF-owned Al-Ahli FC


The PIF-owned Red Sea Global has been announced as the sponsor of the Al-Ahli Football Club, also owned by PIF, in Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Pro League

DeSantis claims ‘legislative immunity’ in bid to dismiss Disney lawsuit


Florida’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis is seeking to dismiss Disney’s federal lawsuit against him, claiming that he has “legislative immunity”.

One dead and nine injured in rollercoaster crash at Sweden’s Gröna Lund


One person has died and nine have been left seriously injured after a rollercoaster car derailed at Sweden’s Gröna Land amusement park

UK’s Peace Museum to reopen in Unesco World Heritage village in 2024


The UK’s Peace Museum has been awarded a £250,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund that will see the museum relocate to Saltaire, a World Heritage village in West Yorkshire

Five die as Titan tourist submarine found to have imploded less than two hours into dive


Five people have been killed after the Titan tourist submarine imploded less than two hours into a dive exploring the wreckage of the Titanic

Unesco: Building climate resilience for people and nature at marine World Heritage sites


On 18 May 2023, experts in resilience-based management and local teams from Unesco marine World Heritage sites met online to share best practices and first-hand insights on designing and implementing resilience strategies that take a holistic approach in addressing the impacts of climate change and help communities to adapt to the inevitable change.

New exhibition at Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum explores the city’s links to slavery


A new exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, UK, will explore the city’s, and its famous university’s, links to the slave trade and exploitation.

accesso acquires VGS in major deal that sees VGS platform rebranded accesso Horizon


accesso has announced the acquisition of leading ticketing and visitor management system provider VGS, with the award-winning SnApp platform to be rebranded accesso Horizon

Europa-Park reopens following blaze


Europa-Park has reopened following a major fire at the park earlier this week

Thousands descend on Stonehenge to welcome summer solstice


Around 10,000 people gathered at Stonehenge for the annual summer solstice, with 154,000 more watching the event online.

Beirut’s Sursock Museum reopens three years after being destroyed in an explosion that killed 220 people


The Sursock Museum in Beirut, Lebanon, has reopened to the public, almost three years after it was destroyed in a deadly explosion that claimed the lives of more than 200 people.

Concerns for Sudan’s cultural heritage as armed military conflict continues


The conflict in Sudan has left experts fearing for the country’s cultural heritage, with museums unable to adequately protect their collections

Kalahari’s Round Rock resort completes outdoor waterpark expansion in time for summer season


Open for the summer season, the Kalahari Resort in Round Rock has significantly expanded its outdoor waterpark with the addition of a lazy river, a new kids area, a swim up bar and more

Saudi Arabia plans further US$800bn investment in tourism projects


Saudi Arabia is set to invest a further US$800bn on top of the US$1tn investment it has already made in tourism, with even more new projects set to come up in the kingdom over the course of the next decade

World’s tallest rollercoaster closed indefinitely following cable snap


Kingda Ka - the world’s tallest rollercoaster - is closed indefinitely following an incident where the ride’s launch cable snapped while riders were still on the attraction.

Italy raises museum prices as part of €2bn flood aid package


With huge floods hitting northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region in May, the country’s museums are playing their part in helping recovery, raising prices by €1 as part of a wider €2bn aid package.

House of Hype: New immersive attraction to open at Dubai Mall


A new immersive visitor attraction will open its doors at the Dubai Mall later this year

Zoo Atlanta’s new Immotion-designed VR attraction transports guests to jungles of Rwanda


A new VR cinema attraction that allows guests to observe a family group of endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda has opened at Zoo Atlanta

BT launches UK-first 5G-powered Immersive Spaces interactive simulation experience


BT has launched an all-new experience in the UK that uses camera and HD projection to bring 360° content to life in a range of realities powered by 5G

Biden bans drilling around Unesco World Heritage Site to preserve archaelogical ruins


The Biden administration has banned all new gas and oil drilling at Chaco Culture National Historical Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site in New Mexico, US, for the next 20 years.

Disney Cruise Line aims to inspire children in the Bahamas with backyard gardening project


Disney Cruise Line (DCL) has teamed up with several community organisations in the Bahamas to build a new garden at the Ranfurly Homes for Children, which is hoped will inspire the young residents to grow and eat their own produce.

Abu Dhabi’s first indoor snow park opens to the public


Majid Al Futtaim Entertainment is offering sub-zero temperatures to visitors in the UAE with the launch of its newest attraction - Snow Abu Dhabi

Ukraine dam explosion takes lives of 300 zoo animals


Russia’s assault on Ukraine has claimed the lives of 300 animals after massive flooding of the Kazkova Dibrova Zoo occurred following the Kakhovka dam blast.

Travelling science exhibitions serve more than 500 million people in China


The China Science and Technology Museum says it has served more than 500 million people over the past two decades, with mobile projects aimed at popularising science taking place in some of the country’s most remote regions.

Bridging realities: How Miirage’s no-glasses holographic experience could change the game for immersive experiences


Miirage is a new modular holographic system bringing the virtual world to life without any additional need for mobile devices, screens or wearables. The creators behind the technology speak to Planet Attractions about the new product and exactly what it can do...

Qatar unveils ‘next generation’ of cultural institutions at Venice Biennale


Qatar has launched an exhibition showcasing plans for four new museums, with the Art Mill Museum, Lusail Museum, Qatar Auto Museum and Dadu Children’s Museum of Qatar all to open in the country by the end of the decade

Adjaye expansion will turn museum into India’s largest art and culture centre


An expansion of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) in Delhi will make the institution the largest art and culture centre in India when it opens in 2026.

Science Centre Singapore debuts emerging technologies exhibition



London’s Horniman Museum reveals plans for £10m ‘Nature + Love’ regeneration project


London’s Horniman Museum is to undergo a £10m (US$13m, €12m) renovation that will ‘reinvigorate and re-interpret’ the Grade-Ilisted building and its surrounding hilltop gardens.

Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund commits £22m to attractions in the Scottish Highlands


Scotland’s Natural & Cultural Heritage Fund (NCHF) has awarded a share of £22m (US$27m, €25m) to more than a dozen tourist attractions in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, as part of a new scheme to promote tourism in the area.

Cairns Aquarium seeks investors as Colliers launches global search


Cairns Aquarium is on the hunt for a new investor, with Colliers appointed to seek expressions of interest for the popular Queensland attraction

Hebrew Bible to go on display at Jewish Museum following US$38.1m purchase


A late ninth- or early 10th-century book thought to be the earliest, most complete copy of the Hebrew Bible has sold at auction for US$38.1m (€35.5m, £30.5m), with the religious artefact set to become part of the permanent collection at the Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, Israel.

It takes a village: How to increase spending and social reach through micro-influencing with Attractions.io


How can you leverage user-generated content and photo purchases to drive revenue and simultaneously promote your attraction? Attractions.io’s Peter O’Dare has the answers...

Denver Museum to close ‘harmful’ Indigenous people gallery


The Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Colorado, US, is to close a gallery dedicated to Indigenous people and culture, which it says perpetuates racist stereotypes.

Expo 2020 site transformation continues as site prepares to welcome new businesses


The Expo 2020 Dubai site continues to undergo its repurposing following the event, with more than 3,000 workers set to be based on-site by September.

London’s Vagina Museum could close permanently if fundraising efforts are unsuccessful


London’s Vagina Museum will be forced to close its doors permanently if fundraising efforts are unsuccessful, the museum has announced

Major names shortlisted to create £100m Belfast visitor experience


Seven architects and design firms have been named on a shortlist of seven to design a £100m attraction in the heart of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Attendance doubles at revamped Wolverhampton Wanderers football museum


A revamped museum at the home of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club has doubled attendance over the last 10 months, the Premier League club has said.

Death penalties linked to Saudi Arabia’s The Line project condemned by UN


UN experts have expressed alarm after three people evicted from homes to make way for Saudi Arabia’s The Line, now face the death penalty

NAACP says Florida is ‘actively hostile’ to minorities, issues travel advisory to tourists


US civil rights organisation the NAACP has warned minority tourists against visiting Florida due to several ‘discriminatory’ laws supported by Republican governor Ron DeSantis

Architects selected for major museum projects in Saudi Arabia


The Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) has appointed celebrated architects Lina Ghotmeh and Asif Khan to design two major museums in Saudi Arabia.

Carnival cruise ship rescues 17 people near Belize


The Carnival Dream cruise liner helped a number of people in need after their boat capsized in the Belize Channel.

Disney scraps US$1bn Florida campus amidst DeSantis feud


Disney has scrapped plans for a US$1bn corporate campus in Lake Nono, Florida, as the company’s public feud with Florida governor Ron DeSantis continues

Turning fitness and wellbeing into entertainment with RWS and MSC Cruises


Showcasing exactly what it means to produce an immersive entertainment experience, RWS Entertainment Group and MSC Cruises have turned their eyes to fitness and wellbeing, with a new programme on MSC’s Euribia debuting in May and June for teens and kids.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex partners with Attractions.io to reimagine guest experience platform


Attractions.io has teamed up with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to develop a brand new experience platform for guests of the popular destination

Transformers announced as latest brand to come to Saudi Arabia under Seven banner


A major Transformers attraction is planned for Seven’s upcoming entertainment destination in Riyadh, with plans for two further attractions in the kingdom as Saudi Arabia’s PIF continues to expand its entertainment offerings

London’s Imperial War Museum to open exhibition exploring The Troubles in Northern Ireland


A new exhibition, sharing multiple perspectives on The Troubles in Northern Ireland, will open at London’s Imperial War Museum at the end of May

100 years of Liseberg: Andreas Andersen on park's centenary additions


Andreas Andersen speaks to Planet Attractions about what's coming for Liseberg following the launch of Luna Park, the opening of the Grand Curiosa Hotel and the soon-to-open Oceana waterpark

New funding initiative commits US$11m to promote diversity in leadership at US art museums


A consortium of art foundations and charitable organisations has launched a new funding initiative that aims to promote diversity and inclusion in art museum leadership roles across the US

Disney vs DeSantis: Florida governor’s oversight board files counter suit as Disney dispute escalates


The board appointed by Florida governor Ron DeSantis has filed a lawsuit against Disney just days after the entertainment giant sued the board for stripping it of its self-governed status

Columbus Zoo set to debut Adventure Sky Wheel


Ohio’s Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is set to debut a Ferris wheel attraction later this month, with the new Adventure Sky Wheel set to open to the public on May 27.

British Museum offers self-guided tours with new audio app


The British Museum has launched a new audio app to enhance its visitor experience.

Pilsner Urquell: BRC’s Christian Lachel on Prague’s new ‘Original Beer Experience’


A new brand home dedicated to Pilsner Urquell has opened its doors in Prague. BRC’s Christian Lachel tells Planet Attractions how the attraction celebrates the brand’s place in Czech history and culture

Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum partners with Landmark Trust to transform Georgian station house into a heritage holiday home


Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum has announced a new partnership with the Landmark Trust, which will see one of the UK city’s oldest surviving Georgian properties transformed into a heritage holiday home.

UK’s Tank Museum becomes world’s first museum to reach 100 million views on YouTube


A UK-based military museum has become not only the first museum in the world to reach 100 million views on Youtube but also the most-watched museum-based YouTube channel in the world

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