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Swedish amusement park Liseberg has said that it will rebuild its Oceana waterpark following a fire that led to the death of one person and almost entirely destroyed the attraction.


With thousands of visitors from across the world expected to attend a landmark DEAL event, its organisers are urging companies to secure final booths, promising this year’s show will ‘redefine the landscape of FECs, theme parks and the amusement industry’


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


Plans for Universal’s UK theme park project are looking ‘positive’, according to Bedford MP Mohammad Yasin, who told Planet Attractions that the plans would bring ‘enormous prosperity’ to the region should it come to fruition


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.


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.


As travel to Hawaii shows signs of rebounding, legislators are once again considering adopting a fee to charge tourists for visiting the islands.


The British Royal Navy has taken scientists on an Antarctic research mission to analyse the increasing impact of tourism and climate change on the continent.


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


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





Egypt’s government has unveiled plans to build solar power stations across five World Heritage sites, with the move aimed at significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainable practices in these areas.


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.


Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry has implemented an entrance fee at a Unesco World Heritage Site in Istanbul.


Merlin Entertainments has appointed Linda Zou as its new chief strategy officer.


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


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


European tourism and attractions consultants TDAC have added former Disney Imagineer Scott Ault to its growing team of industry experts


As the MENA attractions market continues to surge, DEAL represents one of the most important business opportunities of 2024. Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, president of show organisers International Expo-Consults speaks about this year’s upcoming event


You can now pass beyond the doors of the Hobbiton Movie set in New Zealand, with director Sir Peter Jackson behind the development of two ‘83% human size’ Hobbit holes for visitors to explore


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


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’


Miral has announced a major expansion of its Yas Waterworld waterpark, with the award-winning attraction set to add more than 3.3km of slides across 16,9000sq m to the destination by 2025


This year's IAAPA Expo brought huge news from across the industry, with Falcon’s Flight - the record-breaking coaster by Intamin coming to Six Flags Qiddiya - among the headliners


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.


Six Flags and Cedar Fair are merging in an US$8bn deal that will create a new theme park powerhouse in the North American market


Saudi Arabia is investing US$800bn in tourism and looking to attract 100 million local and international tourists by 2030, according to Minister of Tourism Ahmed bin Aqeel Al Khateeb.


Shanghai’s Haichang Ocean Park has announced ambitious plans to expand its operation both in China and globally, according to its executive director.


Dubai is set to become the world’s first Real Madrid theme park, after the world-renowned football club inked a deal with Visit Dubai that aims to generate new growth opportunities for both institutions and make the UAE city the first official destination for the Real brand.


Saudi Arabia has announced plans to create a giant new nature reserve in the kingdom.


Saudi Arabia’s investment into its tourism industry is paying off, with visitor numbers growing 58% in the first seven months of the year.


Plans have been announced to develop a ‘tent city’ in northern India offering visitors to the destination water sports and hot air balloon rides among the activities available.


The famous Italian city of Venice is set to tackle over-tourism with the introduction of a €5 a day entry fee for visitors to the Unesco World Heritage Site


Sir Keir Starmer, British leader of the opposition, has named Thangam Debbonaire, MP of Bristol West, as shadow secretary of state for culture, media and sport.


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


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.


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%


Florida’s Republican governor and Presidential hopeful, Ron DeSantis, has turned his eye to benefits received by Disney employees in his latest move against the company.


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


A new Crayola Experience family entertainment centre (FEC) will open its doors in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, US, in 2024.


IAAPA has offered a first glimpse at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, taking place in Vienna, Austria, in September


The Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame has opened following a two-year planning and design process led by JRA, part of RWS Global


Work is set to start on Bali’s highly-anticipated Paramount theme park, with the major development representing the largest of its kind for the Indonesian tourist destination


Archaeologists have unearthed what they believe to be the remains of the Roman Emperor Nero’s private theatre in the Italian capital


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.


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


The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia has announced the launch of Asfar - a new company designed to support the growth of the kingdom’s tourism sector


Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism has announced the protection of 64 cultural sites in line with the new Cultural Heritage law.


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


Amsterdam has banned cruise ships from the city’s centre in an attempt to limit visitor numbers and curb pollution levels.


A major US$2bn theme park and resort development comparable to the likes of Disney and Universal is set to open in 2026 in the state of Oklahoma


iFLY Indoor Skydiving is set to open its first Nevada location in Las Vegas at the immersive entertainment and events district, AREA15.


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


Kuwait is eyeing major investment in its domestic market, with plans to launch a sovereign investment fund, to accelerate the growth of its own economy


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.


In the midst of its global and domestic investment spree, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund has declared a loss on investments of US$11bn for last year


The Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA) has named Michael Golding as its new CEO.


Recent research has suggested that the majority of consumers travelling for leisure consider sustainability initiatives to be either important or extremely important to their plans.


Ireland’s government is introducing an expert committee to create national guidelines for any cultural institutions’ handling of items of unknown provenance, as well as advising the government on how to handle restitution and repatriation of culturally sensitive items.


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.


Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism board has revealed ambitious plans to grow its tourism economy to 24 million visitors a year


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


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


Jordan’s Department of Antiquities (DOA), part of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, has been leading efforts to preserve the country’s heritage sites.


Oman’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning has revealed plans to open three significant leisure and entertainment destinations over the next five years


A world-class surfing attraction, a velodrome and a sprawling urban park are among the features included in a major new development for Abu Dhabi


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


A theme park complete with digital multimedia technology, interactive device technology, video, sound, lighting, animation and other special effects is in the works in Chongqing, China, with the new attraction being dubbed a “Metaverse children’s park”.


Saudi Arabia has introduced a midday work ban to protect the safety and health of workers operating in direct sunlight at the hottest point of the day.


Merlin’s long-time former CEO Nick Varney has been recognised with a Knighthood in the 2023 King’s Birthday Honours List for services to the visitor economy.


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


Despite deciding to make a move to Major League Soccer in the US rather than a lucrative US$400m a year move to Al Hilal in the Saudi Pro League, footballing icon Lionel Messi will still act as a major promotional tool for Saudi Arabia and its tourism prospects.


A new attraction combining food, culture and tourism has broken ground in Chongqing, with the Dezhuang Hot Pot Manor now under construction in the Chinese city.


Khairul Firdaus Akbar Khan, Malaysia’s deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture minister, has said that the theme park and family attraction industry will be an important hub for the country’s tourism industry.


A new Ferris wheel attraction in China will open later this month on the traditional holiday of the Dragon Boat Festival.


The countries of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia (KSA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that seeks to position both countries as a singular regional and global tourism destination.


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


A new theme park is under development in Maharashtra, India, with a total of five such parks set to come up in the region following the development.


The Middle East is the first global region to exceed pre-pandemic visitor numbers, with international arrivals to the region during the first quarter of 2023 15% higher than the same period in 2019.


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


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


The Royal Commission for the ancient Saudi Arabian city of AlUla has approved plans for a new eco-luxury destination with its own museum


Triotech has been selected to supply interactive dark rides for Saudi Arabia’s upcoming Transformers attractions


Voting has opened for the European categories of the World Travel Awards, with the Game of Thrones Studio Tour, Puy du Fou Espana and Alton Towers all selected as nominees for the prestigious prize.


Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is close to officially opening its space tourism business to the public, with the firm’s final VSS Unity test flight to launch as soon as May 25 before its commercial service takes flight.


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


Merlin’s new CEO, Scott O’Neil, has urged the British government to make a U-turn on tourism tax in an effort to encourage more high-spending visitors to come to the UK.


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


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


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


Work has started on a new agriculture museum dedicated to cannabis in Atlantic City. The museum is one of several marijuana-themed projects greenlit by the city in the hopes of attracting a new wave of ‘weed tourists’


Hong Kong’s tourism board has announced its “return to its position as Asia’s cruise hub”, following 160 ship calls from 16 cruise lines so far in 2023.


A major new development in Tennessee has broken ground, with The 407: Gateway to Adventure’s ‘Smoky Gap’ entertainment district promising to feature world-class attractions when it opens in 2025


Digital attractions platform Love To Visit has raised £2.1m as it aims to corner the UK tourism attractions market and expand its operations overseas


Amnesty International says that Cambodian officials are forcing residents of the Angkor Wat World Heritage site to ‘voluntarily’ leave in the name of preserving the popular heritage attraction, with the move affecting an estimated 10,000 families


The Welsh Government has committed to investing £4m (US$4.93m, €4.55m in a bid to bring a new tourism attraction to Swansea.


Disney has managed to strip power from the newly-appointed board governing its Florida parks by invoking the name of King Charles III in an ongoing dispute with governor Ron DeSantis


Colombian tourism has been showing unprecedented rise in numbers with the cruising industry pivotal to the whole sector’s growth.


Disney Cruise Line (DCL) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) have announced plans to bring Disney cruises to the southeast Asia region for the first time.


The Taiwan Tourism Bureau and Taiwan International Ports Corporation have joined forces to showcase the country’s cruise tourism opportunities, with the aim of driving economic growth and expediting the revival of Taiwan's cruise market.


Leading trade body Experience UK is gearing up for its first-ever ‘Experience on Main Street’ conference


Among the exhibitors at this year’s Seatrade are a range of tourism bodies representing all the global cruise ports and related attractions from around the world. Over at the Virgin Islands stand, this colourful character was showcasing some of the destinations culture for attendees.


SeaTrade Cruise Global has returned to Tampa, Florida, US, with a day of conferencing ahead of the launch of the show floor tomorrow (March 28).


SeaTrade Cruise Global is returning to Florida. Here’s everything you need to know...


Immersive attractions developer Miral has confirmed that SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will open in May


Development company Seven is to launch the world’s first Play-Doh-themed attractions in partnership with Hasbro


The first phase of construction on a new aquarium and nature conservation campus in Florida is scheduled to begin in October


New Shepard, the space tourism capsule belonging to Jeff Bezos, has been grounded for the past several months following an escape hatch malfuction during a crewless launch last year.


A new report exploring the market dynamics of the global cruise industry estimates the sector to grow to $16.7bn over the next several years


Teaching the construction sector the necessary skills to retrofit the UK’s heritage structures could provide the British economy with a £35bn boost, a new report has suggested


Archaeologists have discovered a sphinx-like statue alongside the remains of a shrine in an ancient temple in southern Egypt.


Cruise Saudi welcomed a record number of tourists, with almost 9,000 visitors from three cruise ships passing through two Cruise Saudi ports on Saudi Founding Day at the end of February.


Scandinavian artist Olafur Eliasson has collaborated with author Robert MacFarlance to create a permanent art installation on the West Cumbria coastline


Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince has announced plans for New Murabba - a US$48bn commercial downtown development in Riyadh, anchored by a cube-shaped skyscraper large enough to accommodate 20 Empire State buildings


Merlin Entertainments is adding to its cluster of attractions in Blackpool, with a £2.3m Gruffalo-themed attraction set to open later this year


DEAL is coming back to Dubai next month. Here’s everything you need to know about the region’s hottest attractions show


Rumours that a Peaky Blinders theme park is in the works are not to be believed but officials have said there are potential plans for a permanent attraction based on the popular IP


Three names involved in the tourism and attractions industries have been named in the Dubai 100 - a list representing the 100 most powerful people in the UAE city.


The former Pleasure Island could find new life as a tourist destination after plans were submitted to turn the former theme park into a £65.9m holiday site


A new report exploring the market dynamics of the global amusement and theme park industries estimates the sector to grow to $85bn in the next five years


Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has issued licenses for more than 400 entertainment venues, including 24 theme parks, a report by the Saudi Press Agency has revealed.


One of the world’s most anticipated museums will finally open this year after a more than 20-year development process with work now complete on Cairo’s Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM).


A new Eden Project in Morecambe is one of the major projects to receive funding as part of the British government’s Levelling Up scheme.


ATRAX - The Amusement-Attraction, Park-Recreation Industry and Services Exhibition - has kicked off in Istanbul, with the show offering the only specialised exhibition for companies focused on realising large projects in the entertainment industry in Turkey and its neighbouring countries.


An expected £50m funding decision for the upcoming Eden Project North has been delayed to the new year.


Saudi Arabia’s planned linear city, The Line, will become a global hub for the cruise industry, a senior executive behind the project has said.


Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire, UK, has unveiled plans for a new £12.5m (US$15.3m, €14.5m) attraction.


Saudi Entertainment Ventures - part of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund - will develop more than 150 new attractions in the kingdom across 21 integrated entertainment destinations


Flight bookings to Qatar and the UAE are currently 10 times higher than pre-pandemic levels ahead of this winter’s FIFA World Cup


A major project in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Cultural District is now 25% complete, tourism chiefs have revealed.


Airbnb has donated £1.25m (US$1.4m, €1.4m) to English Heritage in order to support heritage tourism and the charity’s conservation and repair of historic houses, castles and abbeys.


A wildfire on Easter Island which could have been started deliberately has caused ‘irreparable’ damage to the Unesco World Heritage Site’s iconic moai head statues


‘Fly me to the moon’ could become a much simpler prospect in the coming years, with a proposal dubbed ‘Moon Dubai’ potentially seeing a giant moon structure built in Dubai at a cost of US$5bn (€4.98bn, £4.31bn).


The multi-million-euros project will enable PortAventura to get one-third of its annual energy from clean electricity, and should be ready to power the park by the end of the year


Tourism authorities are seeking new ideas to boost the area around Hadrian’s Wall.


FORREC and Sun Group have formed a long-term strategic partnership to develop world-class tourism projects in Vietnam


Unesco has issued new guidance aimed at reducing impacts from development on World Heritage sites.


The under-construction SeaWorld Abu Dhabi is currently in the process of installing solar panels on its roof in an attempt to make the new mega attraction as clean as possible for the environment.


Colour deficient and colour-blind visitors to Australia’s Chau Chak Wing Museum are now being offered special glasses to see works of art in clear, vibrant colour for the first time


Roger Highfield, science director at the Science Museum Group, has discussed a new study that suggests the soot released by space tourism could have a bigger impact on the climate than the soot from aviation.


Chinese operator Fantawild has opened a brand new attraction today, with the Huai'an-based Glorious Orient theme park building on the country’s ‘red tourism’ drive.


Ottawa’s tourism body has granted special museum status to a collection of 76 festivals, restaurants, concert venues, and attractions as a way to shine a light on some of the city's cultural hidden gems.


Japan has finally reopened its borders to tourists from 98 countries and regions, though it comes with strict conditions to try and prevent the spread of Covid-19 from overseas.


The cartoon twins are popular in Malaysia and Indonesia, and will be used as the IP for the proposed attraction


A new addition to Universal Studios Singapore slated to open in 2024 has broken ground, with work starting on the park's upcoming Minion Land.


JRA, part of the RWS Entertainment Group, has appointed Sam Xu to lead business development in the Asia-Pacific region.


Fast becoming one of the key industry events for the visitor attractions sector, here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Saudi Entertainment and Amusement Expo


Leaders in the themed entertainment industry gathered last month for the return of TEA Summit and Thea Awards Gala for the first time in two years. Christine Kerr on behalf of the TEA and Nicole Sangster from Thea Award recipients Simworx both report on the event





We've rounded up all the special events you should be attending this month


The northern Bahamian rock iguana - a lizard listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List - is facing a new threat in the form of visiting tourists feeding them too many grapes.


A number of attractions suppliers and manufacturers have been named winners of China’s prestigious Golden Crown Awards


Would you pay US$125,000 to travel into space via a hydrogen balloon? Well that’s exactly what you can do in the Space Lounge, launching from Florida in 2024


The Dubai Entertainment, Amusement & Leisure Exhibition returned in 2022, bringing with it much success for attendees and exhibitors alike


Holland America Line's Koningsdam will be the first cruise ship to come to Canada in more than two years following the industry-wide pause that came as a result of the global pandemic.


South Korea is about to welcome a major new theme park addition with the launch of Lotte World Adventure Busan on Thursday (March 31).


A T-Rex skeleton sold for more than US$31.8m (€28.9m, £25m) in 2020 has found a new home as the centrepiece of the upcoming Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi.


Disney continues to do damage control over Florida’s controversial ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill with some employees staging a walkout over its response to the legislation.


WhiteWater will work alongside Swim Drink Fish to promote sustainability in the attractions industry and clear Canada’s waterways


The US$70m Aquaparadise waterpark development has been indefinitely suspended following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine


Here are all the events you should be attending this month



A combined US$400m investment, Resorts World Sentosa is launching the first phase of its RWS 2.0 expansion plan, with an all-new Minions land at Universal Studios Singapore and the redevelopment of the rebranded and reimagined Singapore Oceanarium


The Motown Museum has been given a million dollar boost towards its US$55m expansion campaign


Fans will experience Game of Thrones like never before, with the ‘ground-breaking’ attraction featuring authentic sets, costumes and props used in the show’s production


Expo 2020 will certainly have played its part in a tourism resurgence, as Dubai recorded more than seven million visitors in 2021, with more than 3.4 million visiting the city during the fourth quarter.


With so many big things coming in the year ahead, we’ve rounded up all the key events taking place this year. Welcome to your attractions calendar for 2022.


Lagotronics Projects will develop several media-based attractions, including a VR coaster and a dark ride for the upcoming Pradera Islands theme park


Political unrest in Kazakhstan has seen a group of protestors invade the state museum in search of priceless ancient armour


The Hong Kong-based Keyestone Group is teaming up with Hyatt to develop China’s first Hello Kitty Hotel as part of the upcoming Hello Kitty Resort in Sanya, Hainan.


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Visitor attractions in Ireland are set to get a slice of a €50m pie to created to support the country’s tourism industry in 2022


Oman is developing an 11 million square metre tourist development aiming to transform and extend the capital of Muscat into a tourism hub for the sultanate


M+, four years behind schedule, hopes to boost post-pandemic tourism to Hong Kong and free admission will be offered during the first year of opening


The six-zone Paramount Film and Television Park is part of a US$8 billion tourism development and is expected to open in Yunnan province in 2024


The K-pop music arena plans to host some 190 concerts per year


IAAPA has named Kelly Repass as its new director of global research, with Repass set to develop a new strategy for the IAAPA research programme, also overseeing its implementation and execution.


Input from the travel and aviation industry played a key role in the formation of new policy which will see America’s borders reopen to overseas travellers from November 8.


According to John Cena, the time to visit Ferrari World, the Louvre and the rest of Abu Dhabi is now


The Rig is a unique venture that will transform a former oil rig in the Arabian Gulf into a resort featuring theme parks, hotels, restaurants and even actual sky diving!


The city of Vienna has taken the rather unusual approach to displaying some of its more explicit artworks, with four of its most prestigious museums adopting the OnlyFans platform to showcase certain works


A photo taken by Australian Adam Oswell has been named winner of the Photojournalism award during the 75th edition of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards.


With Evergande at risk of complete collapse thanks to US$305bn worth of debts, the future of its portfolio of 15 theme parks across China is currently uncertain


Making cruise ships more environmentally friendly could help attract tourists interested in eco-friendly holidays.



The new attraction combines cutting-edge multimedia with world-class storytelling with a flying theatre experience


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


The new Ilulissat Icefjord Centre is part of Greenland’s plan to attract more tourists to the country


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


The tourism development plan will encourage the predicted 10 million visitors a year to Universal Studios to explore the wider Beijing area


The long-awaited Universal Beijing is set for a spectacular launch on September 20


A new survey has shown the severe impact of the global pandemic on visitor attractions in England


There is mounting pressure for hotels to become more sustainable going forward


The upcoming Oman Botanic Garden has been designed to celebrate the country’s botanic diversity and to be enjoyed by the people of Oman for generations to come


China has welcomed a flying theatre to its Changbaishan Biosphere Reserve with Brogent Technologies supplying the landmark new attraction


The four-day event will include an extensive tradeshow, networking opportunities and educational programming


The newly opened museum is hoped to boost dive tourism in the country


The Highland Council has appointed Mather & Co to help transform the castle into a world-class attraction


South Korea’s global contribution to pop culture is set to be explored in a new exhibition from London’s V&A museum


IAAPA supports the lifting of US travel restrictions, Donkey Kong could be making his way to Universal’s theme parks, George Osborne becomes British Museum chairman and Portugal has welcomed Europe’s first five-person water coaster. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions.


Castles and palaces in Germany are set to receive a huge investment into refurbishing existing tourist attractions.


In an effort to help kickstart the visitor attractions industry, IAAPA has supported the efforts to lay out a framework for the safe easing of border entry restrictions in the US


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Unesco says that COVID-19 will have a significant impact on World Heritage long after the pandemic has been brought under control


Belgium agrees to help the Congo recover its lost heritage, Ireland’s €73m tourism investment, Africa remodels its tourism outlook and a snow-topped waterpark comes to China. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


Brand Africa will place an emphasis on people as the continent attempts to lure visitors with new narratives and a new unified tourism approach


In a bid to boost tourism post-Covid in Ireland, Fáilte Ireland has announced plans for major investments into four tourism sites across the country


Ocean Flower waterpark is the latest step in the development of the US$24bn Ocean Flower Island


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


A new permanent immersive light and spatial audio installation at St. Michael’s Cave will boost the Rock’s visitor experience in time for Summer 2021


A new degree is being launched to offer students the chance to develop and forge a career in the themed entertainment industry


The trend for autonomous vehicles continues to grow, with Amsterdam currently testing the use of self-driving electric boats in its waterways


Disney has brought Marvel to life like never before with the launch of Avengers Campus at Disneyland California Adventure


Kazakhstan has welcomed the country’s first flying theatre ride with Brogent Technologies behind the landmark new attraction


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


The seaside town says the squid is part of a strategy to boost tourism following Covid-19


Where exactly is the line when it comes to improving the visitor experience and interfering with historic sites?


Vietnam’s largest theme park, a game-changing aquarium project and 12,000 hotel rooms are just a few of the features of the new Phu Quoc United Center


Going behind-the-scenes for the development of Legoland Windsor’s newest attraction, an evening with a videogame industry legend, the immersive Doctor Who experience coming to London and the Smithsonian’s latest out-of-this-world acquisition. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


In addition to the waterpark development, the former Six Flags site will boast theme parks and hotels under Sunac


The Dundee Cultural Recovery Fund will support cultural institutions through financial difficulties and bring tourists back to the area


A new ride from Triotech celebrating 100 years of Knott’s Berry Farm, the Jurassic world exhibition coming to North America, Disney’s next step in robotics and WWE looking at building a physical Hall of Fame. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


The US cruise industry is a step closer to resuming operations, the creation of the Lego Sky Lion at Legoland Windsor, the fan who built a gargantuan rollercoaster entirely out of K’nex and the operator’s role as a custodian of treasured memories. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


Ningbo and Ganzhou to open second gates in the next stage of the Beautiful China Trilogy resorts


Dependent on local restrictions being lifted, the new attraction is scheduled to open in October 2021


In 1967, Economic Research Associates were hired to find out what impact the upcoming Disney World Resort would have on the state. The outcome, it turned out, would surprise even Disney


The SEXY - Safety and hygiene, Environmental sustainability, (E)xtra experiences and Yield - strategy of Thailand’s government seems to be being back tourists in growing numbers


The head of the island’s tourism commission takes the helm from May


The eagle-eyed fan who might have spotted Wakanda is Disneyland’s expansion plan, vital funding for the Game of Thrones Studio Tour, a long-awaited ban on cruise ships in central Venice and the technology powering Legoland New York’s most anticipated attraction. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


Cruise ships are no longer welcome in Venice following a ruling by the Italian government


The IAAPA Virtual Conference wants to help the industry ‘rebound, rebuild, and return to the fun’


The state-of-the-art visitor attraction will open later this year after securing a sizeable loan to part-finance the project


Visit Orlando has collaborated with a number of major theme parks for a consumer-facing virtual travel show


The sweet shop of space is most certainly open for business and some of the world’s richest people have their face pressed up against the window, but is there room for the visitor attractions industry?


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They might well be playing Jaja Ding Dong at the new Eurovision Museum, coming to Húsavík, Iceland, later this year


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


One of India’s highest security prisons has opened to the public, with educational tours taking visitors inside the place where Mahatma Gandhi was held prisoner for several years


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Amsterdam could be a very different place in 2021, with plans to ban tourists from cannabis cafés and to move the Red Light District away from the city centre


Cruise Saudi will develop ports and terminals in several cities and tourist destinations, as well as itineraries that explore Saudi heritage and culture


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Liseberg plans to rebuild waterpark following fire that took one life


Swedish amusement park Liseberg has said that it will rebuild its Oceana waterpark following a fire that led to the death of one person and almost entirely destroyed the attraction.

Final spots up for grabs as DEAL’s landmark 30th edition draws near


With thousands of visitors from across the world expected to attend a landmark DEAL event, its organisers are urging companies to secure final booths, promising this year’s show will ‘redefine the landscape of FECs, theme parks and the amusement industry’

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

Exclusive: Universal’s proposed UK theme park would bring ‘enormous prosperity’ to region, says MP


Plans for Universal’s UK theme park project are looking ‘positive’, according to Bedford MP Mohammad Yasin, who told Planet Attractions that the plans would bring ‘enormous prosperity’ to the region should it come to fruition

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.

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.

Hawaii plans ‘green’ fee for visiting tourists


As travel to Hawaii shows signs of rebounding, legislators are once again considering adopting a fee to charge tourists for visiting the islands.

Royal Navy studies impact of tourism on Antarctica


The British Royal Navy has taken scientists on an Antarctic research mission to analyse the increasing impact of tourism and climate change on the continent.

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

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

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



Egypt to build solar stations at World Heritage sites


Egypt’s government has unveiled plans to build solar power stations across five World Heritage sites, with the move aimed at significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainable practices in these areas.

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.

Tourist admission fee implemented at Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia


Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry has implemented an entrance fee at a Unesco World Heritage Site in Istanbul.

Linda Zou joins Merlin Entertainments as chief strategy officer


Merlin Entertainments has appointed Linda Zou as its new chief strategy officer.

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

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

Former Disney Imagineer and industry veteran Scott Ault joins TDAC


European tourism and attractions consultants TDAC have added former Disney Imagineer Scott Ault to its growing team of industry experts

Setting the stage: 30th edition of DEAL opens shop window to MENA market


As the MENA attractions market continues to surge, DEAL represents one of the most important business opportunities of 2024. Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, president of show organisers International Expo-Consults speaks about this year’s upcoming event

Hobbiton Movie Set opens iconic ‘Hobbit holes’ to the public for first time


You can now pass beyond the doors of the Hobbiton Movie set in New Zealand, with director Sir Peter Jackson behind the development of two ‘83% human size’ Hobbit holes for visitors to explore

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.

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’

Extensive expansion announced for Yas Waterworld


Miral has announced a major expansion of its Yas Waterworld waterpark, with the award-winning attraction set to add more than 3.3km of slides across 16,9000sq m to the destination by 2025

‘Evolution of the century’: Intamin reveals new details on world’s tallest, fastest, and longest rollercoaster


This year's IAAPA Expo brought huge news from across the industry, with Falcon’s Flight - the record-breaking coaster by Intamin coming to Six Flags Qiddiya - among the headliners

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.

Theme park giants join forces as Cedar Fair and Six Flags announce US$8bn merger


Six Flags and Cedar Fair are merging in an US$8bn deal that will create a new theme park powerhouse in the North American market

Saudi Arabia targets 100 million tourists by 2030 with US$800bn investment


Saudi Arabia is investing US$800bn in tourism and looking to attract 100 million local and international tourists by 2030, according to Minister of Tourism Ahmed bin Aqeel Al Khateeb.

Haichang Ocean Park eyeing global expansion plan


Shanghai’s Haichang Ocean Park has announced ambitious plans to expand its operation both in China and globally, according to its executive director.

Real Madrid theme park set for Dubai following global partnership announcement


Dubai is set to become the world’s first Real Madrid theme park, after the world-renowned football club inked a deal with Visit Dubai that aims to generate new growth opportunities for both institutions and make the UAE city the first official destination for the Real brand.

Saudi Arabia announces plans for royal nature reserve


Saudi Arabia has announced plans to create a giant new nature reserve in the kingdom.

Saudi tourism booms as visitor growth increases 58%


Saudi Arabia’s investment into its tourism industry is paying off, with visitor numbers growing 58% in the first seven months of the year.

Hot air balloon rides and water sports planned for tent city attraction in Varanasi


Plans have been announced to develop a ‘tent city’ in northern India offering visitors to the destination water sports and hot air balloon rides among the activities available.

Venice set to introduce €5 tourist day tax


The famous Italian city of Venice is set to tackle over-tourism with the introduction of a €5 a day entry fee for visitors to the Unesco World Heritage Site

Starmer appoints shadow secretary for culture, media and sport


Sir Keir Starmer, British leader of the opposition, has named Thangam Debbonaire, MP of Bristol West, as shadow secretary of state for culture, media and sport.

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

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.

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%

DeSantis targets Disney employees in latest move against company


Florida’s Republican governor and Presidential hopeful, Ron DeSantis, has turned his eye to benefits received by Disney employees in his latest move against the company.

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

Crayola Experience FEC to launch in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in 2024


A new Crayola Experience family entertainment centre (FEC) will open its doors in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, US, in 2024.

IAAPA reveals show highlights ahead of IAAPA Expo Europe 2023 in Vienna


IAAPA has offered a first glimpse at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, taking place in Vienna, Austria, in September

JRA-designed Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame opens to the public


The Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame has opened following a two-year planning and design process led by JRA, part of RWS Global

Work set to start on Paramount’s Bali theme park development


Work is set to start on Bali’s highly-anticipated Paramount theme park, with the major development representing the largest of its kind for the Indonesian tourist destination

Archeologists uncover the remains of Roman Emporer Nero’s lost theatre


Archaeologists have unearthed what they believe to be the remains of the Roman Emperor Nero’s private theatre in the Italian capital

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.

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

Saudi Arabia’s PIF announces launch of Saudi Tourism Investment Company


The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia has announced the launch of Asfar - a new company designed to support the growth of the kingdom’s tourism sector

Abu Dhabi designates 64 sites for cultural protection


Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism has announced the protection of 64 cultural sites in line with the new Cultural Heritage law.

VisitBritain to open new headquarters in Birmingham


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

Cruise ships banned from Amsterdam in effort to limit visitors and reduce pollution


Amsterdam has banned cruise ships from the city’s centre in an attempt to limit visitor numbers and curb pollution levels.

Plans announced for US$2bn theme park and resort development in Oklahoma


A major US$2bn theme park and resort development comparable to the likes of Disney and Universal is set to open in 2026 in the state of Oklahoma

iFLY coming to Las Vegas in AREA15 expansion


iFLY Indoor Skydiving is set to open its first Nevada location in Las Vegas at the immersive entertainment and events district, AREA15.

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

Kuwait set to launch sovereign investment fund to boost domestic market


Kuwait is eyeing major investment in its domestic market, with plans to launch a sovereign investment fund, to accelerate the growth of its own economy

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.

Saudi Arabia’s PIF reports US$11bn loss in 2022


In the midst of its global and domestic investment spree, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund has declared a loss on investments of US$11bn for last year

Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions names Michael Golding as its new CEO


The Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA) has named Michael Golding as its new CEO.

Study suggests that sustainability is important for leisure travellers


Recent research has suggested that the majority of consumers travelling for leisure consider sustainability initiatives to be either important or extremely important to their plans.

Ireland introduces panel to advise on restitution and repatriation of contested cultural heritage


Ireland’s government is introducing an expert committee to create national guidelines for any cultural institutions’ handling of items of unknown provenance, as well as advising the government on how to handle restitution and repatriation of culturally sensitive items.

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.

Abu Dhabi announces ambitious growth plans focused on tourism and culture


Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism board has revealed ambitious plans to grow its tourism economy to 24 million visitors a year

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

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

Maintaining Jordan’s historical sites ‘an investment for the future’


Jordan’s Department of Antiquities (DOA), part of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, has been leading efforts to preserve the country’s heritage sites.

Three major leisure and entertainment destinations announced for Oman


Oman’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning has revealed plans to open three significant leisure and entertainment destinations over the next five years

Major surf park included in Abu Dhabi’s Hudayriyat Island masterplan


A world-class surfing attraction, a velodrome and a sprawling urban park are among the features included in a major new development for Abu Dhabi

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

‘Metaverse’ children’s park planned for Chongqing


A theme park complete with digital multimedia technology, interactive device technology, video, sound, lighting, animation and other special effects is in the works in Chongqing, China, with the new attraction being dubbed a “Metaverse children’s park”.

Saudi Arabia introduces midday work ban


Saudi Arabia has introduced a midday work ban to protect the safety and health of workers operating in direct sunlight at the hottest point of the day.

Former Merlin CEO Nick Varney awarded Knighthood


Merlin’s long-time former CEO Nick Varney has been recognised with a Knighthood in the 2023 King’s Birthday Honours List for services to the visitor economy.

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

Lionel Messi links to Saudi Arabia tourism remain despite move to MLS and Inter Miami


Despite deciding to make a move to Major League Soccer in the US rather than a lucrative US$400m a year move to Al Hilal in the Saudi Pro League, footballing icon Lionel Messi will still act as a major promotional tool for Saudi Arabia and its tourism prospects.

Multi-million dollar attraction celebrating the hot pot breaks ground in China


A new attraction combining food, culture and tourism has broken ground in Chongqing, with the Dezhuang Hot Pot Manor now under construction in the Chinese city.

Theme parks and family attractions to drive tourism in Malaysia, says minister


Khairul Firdaus Akbar Khan, Malaysia’s deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture minister, has said that the theme park and family attraction industry will be an important hub for the country’s tourism industry.

Giant wheel at heart of rural attraction to open later this month in China


A new Ferris wheel attraction in China will open later this month on the traditional holiday of the Dragon Boat Festival.

Bahrain and Saudi Arabia reach agreement to position both countries as single tourist destination


The countries of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia (KSA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that seeks to position both countries as a singular regional and global tourism destination.

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

Five historical theme parks planned for India’s Maharashtra


A new theme park is under development in Maharashtra, India, with a total of five such parks set to come up in the region following the development.

Middle East becomes first global region to beat pre-Covid tourist arrivals


The Middle East is the first global region to exceed pre-pandemic visitor numbers, with international arrivals to the region during the first quarter of 2023 15% higher than the same period in 2019.

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

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

Museum at the heart of plan for luxury eco-resort in Saudi Arabia’s ancient city of AlUla


The Royal Commission for the ancient Saudi Arabian city of AlUla has approved plans for a new eco-luxury destination with its own museum

Triotech selected to develop multiple attractions for Transformers experiences in Saudi Arabia


Triotech has been selected to supply interactive dark rides for Saudi Arabia’s upcoming Transformers attractions

Voting open for European categories in World Travel Awards


Voting has opened for the European categories of the World Travel Awards, with the Game of Thrones Studio Tour, Puy du Fou Espana and Alton Towers all selected as nominees for the prestigious prize.

Virgin Galactic set for final test mission ahead of commercial space flights


Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is close to officially opening its space tourism business to the public, with the firm’s final VSS Unity test flight to launch as soon as May 25 before its commercial service takes flight.

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

Merlin CEO urges British government to reverse tourism tax


Merlin’s new CEO, Scott O’Neil, has urged the British government to make a U-turn on tourism tax in an effort to encourage more high-spending visitors to come to the UK.

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

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

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

High hopes: Construction begins on Atlantic City’s new cannabis museum


Work has started on a new agriculture museum dedicated to cannabis in Atlantic City. The museum is one of several marijuana-themed projects greenlit by the city in the hopes of attracting a new wave of ‘weed tourists’

Hong Kong sees strong comeback in international cruise calls


Hong Kong’s tourism board has announced its “return to its position as Asia’s cruise hub”, following 160 ship calls from 16 cruise lines so far in 2023.

The 407: Gateway to Adventure breaks ground on ‘Smoky Gap’ entertainment district


A major new development in Tennessee has broken ground, with The 407: Gateway to Adventure’s ‘Smoky Gap’ entertainment district promising to feature world-class attractions when it opens in 2025

‘Uber Eats’ for attractions: Love To Visit raises £2.1m to enhance UK operations


Digital attractions platform Love To Visit has raised £2.1m as it aims to corner the UK tourism attractions market and expand its operations overseas

Amnesty International says Cambodian government is overseeing ‘mass forced evictions’ from Unesco World Heritage site


Amnesty International says that Cambodian officials are forcing residents of the Angkor Wat World Heritage site to ‘voluntarily’ leave in the name of preserving the popular heritage attraction, with the move affecting an estimated 10,000 families

Welsh Government backs proposed skyline attraction in Swansea with £4m investment


The Welsh Government has committed to investing £4m (US$4.93m, €4.55m in a bid to bring a new tourism attraction to Swansea.

Royal lives clause enters King Charles III into Disney vs DeSantis feud


Disney has managed to strip power from the newly-appointed board governing its Florida parks by invoking the name of King Charles III in an ongoing dispute with governor Ron DeSantis

Seatrade Cruise Global 2023: Cruise ‘pivotal’ to tourism growth in Colombia


Colombian tourism has been showing unprecedented rise in numbers with the cruising industry pivotal to the whole sector’s growth.

Seatrade Cruise Global 2023: Disney Cruise Line coming to southeast Asia for first time


Disney Cruise Line (DCL) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) have announced plans to bring Disney cruises to the southeast Asia region for the first time.

Seatrade Cruise Global 2023: Taiwan showcases cruise tourism opportunities


The Taiwan Tourism Bureau and Taiwan International Ports Corporation have joined forces to showcase the country’s cruise tourism opportunities, with the aim of driving economic growth and expediting the revival of Taiwan's cruise market.

Experience UK’s Experience on Main Street conference set for April


Leading trade body Experience UK is gearing up for its first-ever ‘Experience on Main Street’ conference

Seatrade Cruise Global 2023: Finding the rhythm on the show floor


Among the exhibitors at this year’s Seatrade are a range of tourism bodies representing all the global cruise ports and related attractions from around the world. Over at the Virgin Islands stand, this colourful character was showcasing some of the destinations culture for attendees.

SeaTrade Cruise Global kicks off in Tampa


SeaTrade Cruise Global has returned to Tampa, Florida, US, with a day of conferencing ahead of the launch of the show floor tomorrow (March 28).

Everything you need to know about SeaTrade Cruise Global 2023


SeaTrade Cruise Global is returning to Florida. Here’s everything you need to know...

Miral confirms May opening for SeaWorld Abu Dhabi


Immersive attractions developer Miral has confirmed that SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will open in May

PIF’s Seven to develop world’s first Play-Doh attractions in partnership with Hasbro


Development company Seven is to launch the world’s first Play-Doh-themed attractions in partnership with Hasbro

Work to begin on new multi-million-dollar aquarium in Florida


The first phase of construction on a new aquarium and nature conservation campus in Florida is scheduled to begin in October

Jeff Bezos’ space tourism vessel grounded due to escape hatch malfunction


New Shepard, the space tourism capsule belonging to Jeff Bezos, has been grounded for the past several months following an escape hatch malfuction during a crewless launch last year.

Global cruise industry projected to be worth $16.7bn by 2031, new report reveals


A new report exploring the market dynamics of the global cruise industry estimates the sector to grow to $16.7bn over the next several years

Green retrofit of UK’s heritage sector could provide £35bn economic boost


Teaching the construction sector the necessary skills to retrofit the UK’s heritage structures could provide the British economy with a £35bn boost, a new report has suggested

‘Mini-sphinx’ discovered in Egypt


Archaeologists have discovered a sphinx-like statue alongside the remains of a shrine in an ancient temple in southern Egypt.

Cruise Saudi achieves record tourism numbers on Saudi Founding Day


Cruise Saudi welcomed a record number of tourists, with almost 9,000 visitors from three cruise ships passing through two Cruise Saudi ports on Saudi Founding Day at the end of February.

Scandinavia’s Olafur Eliasson to create major new artwork on UK coastline


Scandinavian artist Olafur Eliasson has collaborated with author Robert MacFarlance to create a permanent art installation on the West Cumbria coastline

Saudi Arabia’s PIF announces US$48bn New Murabba development in Riyadh anchored by giant cube


Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince has announced plans for New Murabba - a US$48bn commercial downtown development in Riyadh, anchored by a cube-shaped skyscraper large enough to accommodate 20 Empire State buildings

Merlin bringing multi-million-pound Gruffalo attraction to Blackpool


Merlin Entertainments is adding to its cluster of attractions in Blackpool, with a £2.3m Gruffalo-themed attraction set to open later this year

DEAL 2023: Opening new doors in the Middle East


DEAL is coming back to Dubai next month. Here’s everything you need to know about the region’s hottest attractions show

No Peaky Blinders theme park but potential permanent attraction in the works, say tourism bosses


Rumours that a Peaky Blinders theme park is in the works are not to be believed but officials have said there are potential plans for a permanent attraction based on the popular IP

Dubai 100: Industry names among Dubai’s most powerful people


Three names involved in the tourism and attractions industries have been named in the Dubai 100 - a list representing the 100 most powerful people in the UAE city.

Plans submitted to redevelop former Pleasure Island site into tourist destination


The former Pleasure Island could find new life as a tourist destination after plans were submitted to turn the former theme park into a £65.9m holiday site

Global amusement and theme park markets projected to be worth $82 billion by 2028, new report reveals


A new report exploring the market dynamics of the global amusement and theme park industries estimates the sector to grow to $85bn in the next five years

Twenty-four theme parks approved by Saudi Arabian entertainment authority


Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has issued licenses for more than 400 entertainment venues, including 24 theme parks, a report by the Saudi Press Agency has revealed.

Grand Egyptian Museum at 100% completion as ticket prices announced


One of the world’s most anticipated museums will finally open this year after a more than 20-year development process with work now complete on Cairo’s Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM).

Eden project headlines Levelling Up fund with £50m investment


A new Eden Project in Morecambe is one of the major projects to receive funding as part of the British government’s Levelling Up scheme.

ATRAX event underway in Istanbul


ATRAX - The Amusement-Attraction, Park-Recreation Industry and Services Exhibition - has kicked off in Istanbul, with the show offering the only specialised exhibition for companies focused on realising large projects in the entertainment industry in Turkey and its neighbouring countries.

Eden Project North funding announcement delayed until new year


An expected £50m funding decision for the upcoming Eden Project North has been delayed to the new year.

Saudi Arabia’s The Line will become ‘cruise hub’ says executive


Saudi Arabia’s planned linear city, The Line, will become a global hub for the cruise industry, a senior executive behind the project has said.

Alton Towers reveals plans for new £12.5m ‘Project Horizon’ attraction


Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire, UK, has unveiled plans for a new £12.5m (US$15.3m, €14.5m) attraction.

Saudi Arabia’s PIF to invest US$13.3bn in development of 21 integrated entertainment destinations across the kingdom


Saudi Entertainment Ventures - part of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund - will develop more than 150 new attractions in the kingdom across 21 integrated entertainment destinations

Fifa World Cup boosts Gulf tourism as Qatar prepares for global spectacle


Flight bookings to Qatar and the UAE are currently 10 times higher than pre-pandemic levels ahead of this winter’s FIFA World Cup

Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi 25% complete


A major project in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Cultural District is now 25% complete, tourism chiefs have revealed.

Airbnb donates £1.25m to English Heritage


Airbnb has donated £1.25m (US$1.4m, €1.4m) to English Heritage in order to support heritage tourism and the charity’s conservation and repair of historic houses, castles and abbeys.

Wildfires cause ‘irreparable’ damage to Easter Island’s famous statues


A wildfire on Easter Island which could have been started deliberately has caused ‘irreparable’ damage to the Unesco World Heritage Site’s iconic moai head statues

US$5bn ‘Moon’ capable of welcoming 10 million guests annually proposed for Dubai


‘Fly me to the moon’ could become a much simpler prospect in the coming years, with a proposal dubbed ‘Moon Dubai’ potentially seeing a giant moon structure built in Dubai at a cost of US$5bn (€4.98bn, £4.31bn).

PortAventura set to build solar farm to provide the theme park with green energy


The multi-million-euros project will enable PortAventura to get one-third of its annual energy from clean electricity, and should be ready to power the park by the end of the year

Ideas sought to boost visitor numbers at Hadrian’s Wall


Tourism authorities are seeking new ideas to boost the area around Hadrian’s Wall.

FORREC partners with Sun Group to develop entertainment projects in Vietnam


FORREC and Sun Group have formed a long-term strategic partnership to develop world-class tourism projects in Vietnam

New Unesco guidance aims to reduce impact of development on World Heritage sites


Unesco has issued new guidance aimed at reducing impacts from development on World Heritage sites.

SeaWorld AbuDhabi supplied with clean solar energy


The under-construction SeaWorld Abu Dhabi is currently in the process of installing solar panels on its roof in an attempt to make the new mega attraction as clean as possible for the environment.

The museum that’s introduced special glasses to help colour-blind people see art in a whole new light


Colour deficient and colour-blind visitors to Australia’s Chau Chak Wing Museum are now being offered special glasses to see works of art in clear, vibrant colour for the first time

How sustainable is space tourism?


Roger Highfield, science director at the Science Museum Group, has discussed a new study that suggests the soot released by space tourism could have a bigger impact on the climate than the soot from aviation.

Fantawild Glorious Orient opens in Huai'an


Chinese operator Fantawild has opened a brand new attraction today, with the Huai'an-based Glorious Orient theme park building on the country’s ‘red tourism’ drive.

Canada launches 76 new museums in a day in Ottawa


Ottawa’s tourism body has granted special museum status to a collection of 76 festivals, restaurants, concert venues, and attractions as a way to shine a light on some of the city's cultural hidden gems.

Japan reopens to tourists under strict Covid guidelines


Japan has finally reopened its borders to tourists from 98 countries and regions, though it comes with strict conditions to try and prevent the spread of Covid-19 from overseas.

Malaysian animation studio plans new theme park to appeal to Upin & Ipin fans across Southeast Asia


The cartoon twins are popular in Malaysia and Indonesia, and will be used as the IP for the proposed attraction

Universal Studios Singapore breaks ground on Minion Land attraction


A new addition to Universal Studios Singapore slated to open in 2024 has broken ground, with work starting on the park's upcoming Minion Land.

JRA appoints Sam Xu to drive growth in Asia-Pacific region


JRA, part of the RWS Entertainment Group, has appointed Sam Xu to lead business development in the Asia-Pacific region.

Everything you need to know about SEA Expo 2022


Fast becoming one of the key industry events for the visitor attractions sector, here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Saudi Entertainment and Amusement Expo

Back with a bang: TEA Summit and Thea Awards Gala return


Leaders in the themed entertainment industry gathered last month for the return of TEA Summit and Thea Awards Gala for the first time in two years. Christine Kerr on behalf of the TEA and Nicole Sangster from Thea Award recipients Simworx both report on the event

Tenders floated for Saudi Arabia’s US$5bn oil rig theme park



Attractions Calendar: May


We've rounded up all the special events you should be attending this month

Tourism spike sees the same thing happen to the blood sugar of endangered iguanas


The northern Bahamian rock iguana - a lizard listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List - is facing a new threat in the form of visiting tourists feeding them too many grapes.

Suppliers recognised in Asia Attractions Golden Crown Awards


A number of attractions suppliers and manufacturers have been named winners of China’s prestigious Golden Crown Awards

Welcome to the Space Lounge: Space tourism venture sees visitors climb 20 miles via balloon


Would you pay US$125,000 to travel into space via a hydrogen balloon? Well that’s exactly what you can do in the Space Lounge, launching from Florida in 2024

Deals at DEAL: Middle East attractions show hails successful return to Dubai in 2022


The Dubai Entertainment, Amusement & Leisure Exhibition returned in 2022, bringing with it much success for attendees and exhibitors alike

First cruise ship set to return to Canada as country reopens cruising after two-year absence


Holland America Line's Koningsdam will be the first cruise ship to come to Canada in more than two years following the industry-wide pause that came as a result of the global pandemic.

Lotte World Adventure Busan Theme Park set for grand opening


South Korea is about to welcome a major new theme park addition with the launch of Lotte World Adventure Busan on Thursday (March 31).

World's most valuable T-Rex coming to Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi


A T-Rex skeleton sold for more than US$31.8m (€28.9m, £25m) in 2020 has found a new home as the centrepiece of the upcoming Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi.

Disney employees stage walkout over company response to controversial ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill


Disney continues to do damage control over Florida’s controversial ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill with some employees staging a walkout over its response to the legislation.

WhiteWater marks World Water Day with Swim Drink Fish partnership


WhiteWater will work alongside Swim Drink Fish to promote sustainability in the attractions industry and clear Canada’s waterways

US$70m waterpark development halted as companies continue to pull out of Russian projects


The US$70m Aquaparadise waterpark development has been indefinitely suspended following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine

Attractions Calendar: March


Here are all the events you should be attending this month

Winter is Coming: Discover Ireland unveils new promo for Game of Thrones Studio Tour



Expansion of Universal Studios and reimagined Singapore Oceanarium form first phase of US$400m redevelopment at Resorts World Sentosa


A combined US$400m investment, Resorts World Sentosa is launching the first phase of its RWS 2.0 expansion plan, with an all-new Minions land at Universal Studios Singapore and the redevelopment of the rebranded and reimagined Singapore Oceanarium

Bank of America awards US$1m to Motown Museum expansion


The Motown Museum has been given a million dollar boost towards its US$55m expansion campaign

Game of Thrones Studio Tour opens in Northern Ireland


Fans will experience Game of Thrones like never before, with the ‘ground-breaking’ attraction featuring authentic sets, costumes and props used in the show’s production

Seven million visit Dubai as Expo 2020 boosts pandemic tourism recovery


Expo 2020 will certainly have played its part in a tourism resurgence, as Dubai recorded more than seven million visitors in 2021, with more than 3.4 million visiting the city during the fourth quarter.

Attractions Calendar: Your diary dates for 2022


With so many big things coming in the year ahead, we’ve rounded up all the key events taking place this year. Welcome to your attractions calendar for 2022.

Lagotronics to develop new attractions for major theme park development in the Philippines


Lagotronics Projects will develop several media-based attractions, including a VR coaster and a dark ride for the upcoming Pradera Islands theme park

Protestors in Kazakhstan storm museum searching for ancient armour


Political unrest in Kazakhstan has seen a group of protestors invade the state museum in search of priceless ancient armour

Hyatt and Keyestone set to team up for China’s first Hello Kitty hotel


The Hong Kong-based Keyestone Group is teaming up with Hyatt to develop China’s first Hello Kitty Hotel as part of the upcoming Hello Kitty Resort in Sanya, Hainan.

From The Industry: What is the future of museums in 2022? Chuck E. Cheese expansion plans and Zoo Atlanta’s commitment to conservation


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions

€50m Tourism Business Continuity Programme to help sustain Ireland's tourism businesses in 2022


Visitor attractions in Ireland are set to get a slice of a €50m pie to created to support the country’s tourism industry in 2022

Oman unveils Yiti tourism mega-development project


Oman is developing an 11 million square metre tourist development aiming to transform and extend the capital of Muscat into a tourism hub for the sultanate

Herzog & de Meuron’s long-awaited M+ museum finally opens in Hong Kong


M+, four years behind schedule, hopes to boost post-pandemic tourism to Hong Kong and free admission will be offered during the first year of opening

Star Trek, Tomb Raider, Mission Impossible among IPs to star at Paramount theme park and tourism complex in China


The six-zone Paramount Film and Television Park is part of a US$8 billion tourism development and is expected to open in Yunnan province in 2024

Multi-use K-pop attraction CJ LiveCity breaks ground in Seoul


The K-pop music arena plans to host some 190 concerts per year

IAAPA hires Kelly Repass as director of global research


IAAPA has named Kelly Repass as its new director of global research, with Repass set to develop a new strategy for the IAAPA research programme, also overseeing its implementation and execution.

Travel and aviation industry plays key role in reopening US borders


Input from the travel and aviation industry played a key role in the formation of new policy which will see America’s borders reopen to overseas travellers from November 8.

WATCH: The time to visit Abu Dhabi is now, says John Cena


According to John Cena, the time to visit Ferrari World, the Louvre and the rest of Abu Dhabi is now

Saudi Arabia converting off-shore oil rig into jaw-dropping theme park resort


The Rig is a unique venture that will transform a former oil rig in the Arabian Gulf into a resort featuring theme parks, hotels, restaurants and even actual sky diving!

The city of Vienna has decided to display its 18+ artworks on OnlyFans


The city of Vienna has taken the rather unusual approach to displaying some of its more explicit artworks, with four of its most prestigious museums adopting the OnlyFans platform to showcase certain works

Wildlife Photographer of the Year


A photo taken by Australian Adam Oswell has been named winner of the Photojournalism award during the 75th edition of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards.

Evergrande collapse puts theme parks in jeopardy


With Evergande at risk of complete collapse thanks to US$305bn worth of debts, the future of its portfolio of 15 theme parks across China is currently uncertain

Can Singapore become a hub for sustainable cruise ships?


Making cruise ships more environmentally friendly could help attract tourists interested in eco-friendly holidays.

Spain's Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism explores the trade show floor



IAAPA Expo Europe 2021: SimEx-Iwerks partners with Red Raion on new Dino Island adventure


The new attraction combines cutting-edge multimedia with world-class storytelling with a flying theatre experience

From The Industry: Theme Index and Museum Index released, TEA establishes formal presence in China and tourism stakeholders facing ‘massacre’ in Italy


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions

The new visitor attraction that just opened its doors 250km north of the Arctic Circle


The new Ilulissat Icefjord Centre is part of Greenland’s plan to attract more tourists to the country

From The Industry: Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, Ubisoft’s leap into themed entertainment and does the art world have a sense of humour?


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions

Beijing plans tourism development around Universal Studios


The tourism development plan will encourage the predicted 10 million visitors a year to Universal Studios to explore the wider Beijing area

Universal Beijing Resort sets September 20 date for grand opening


The long-awaited Universal Beijing is set for a spectacular launch on September 20

Tourism landscape changes dramatically as pandemic has devastating effect on attractions in England


A new survey has shown the severe impact of the global pandemic on visitor attractions in England

Green Hotel investment in a bid to restart tourism industry


There is mounting pressure for hotels to become more sustainable going forward

A celebration of botanic diversity: Oman set to break ground on US$175m botanic garden


The upcoming Oman Botanic Garden has been designed to celebrate the country’s botanic diversity and to be enjoyed by the people of Oman for generations to come

Soaring through Changbaishan with new attraction from Brogent Technologies


China has welcomed a flying theatre to its Changbaishan Biosphere Reserve with Brogent Technologies supplying the landmark new attraction

IAAPA Europe Expo returns with in-person event in Barcelona


The four-day event will include an extensive tradeshow, networking opportunities and educational programming

Cyprus’ Museum of Underwater Sculpture welcomes first visitors


The newly opened museum is hoped to boost dive tourism in the country

Mather & Co announced as exhibition design partner for Inverness Castle redevelopment


The Highland Council has appointed Mather & Co to help transform the castle into a world-class attraction

The rapid rise of K-pop to be explored in new V&A exhibition


South Korea’s global contribution to pop culture is set to be explored in a new exhibition from London’s V&A museum

The Week: Easing US travel restrictions, Donkey Kong, George Osborne and a new addition to Portugal’s largest waterpark


IAAPA supports the lifting of US travel restrictions, Donkey Kong could be making his way to Universal’s theme parks, George Osborne becomes British Museum chairman and Portugal has welcomed Europe’s first five-person water coaster. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions.

German government approves €400m plan to restore some of country’s most important castles


Castles and palaces in Germany are set to receive a huge investment into refurbishing existing tourist attractions.

IAAPA joins US tourism industry in call for easing of travel restrictions


In an effort to help kickstart the visitor attractions industry, IAAPA has supported the efforts to lay out a framework for the safe easing of border entry restrictions in the US

From The Industry: World Heritage in danger, Mickey on the run and crowdfunding success


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions

COVID-19 will impact World Heritage for years to come, says Unesco report


Unesco says that COVID-19 will have a significant impact on World Heritage long after the pandemic has been brought under control

The Week: Repatriating colonial-era artefacts, Irish tourism, Brand Africa and major waterpark opens


Belgium agrees to help the Congo recover its lost heritage, Ireland’s €73m tourism investment, Africa remodels its tourism outlook and a snow-topped waterpark comes to China. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions

Brand Africa: African continent comes together in effort to realise tourism potential


Brand Africa will place an emphasis on people as the continent attempts to lure visitors with new narratives and a new unified tourism approach

Investing in Ireland: Irish Government invests €73m in effort to boost tourism with development of four world-class attractions


In a bid to boost tourism post-Covid in Ireland, Fáilte Ireland has announced plans for major investments into four tourism sites across the country

Ocean Flower Island continues to take shape as ProSlide-supplied waterpark opens doors to the public


Ocean Flower waterpark is the latest step in the development of the US$24bn Ocean Flower Island

From The Industry: London Resort troubles, the Eurovision Museum and celebrating Michael Schumacher


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions

Stunning immersive show transforms the Rock of Gibraltar


A new permanent immersive light and spatial audio installation at St. Michael’s Cave will boost the Rock’s visitor experience in time for Summer 2021

University of Central Florida launches master’s degree in themed experiences


A new degree is being launched to offer students the chance to develop and forge a career in the themed entertainment industry

Self-driving electric boats are currently being trialled in Amsterdam’s canals


The trend for autonomous vehicles continues to grow, with Amsterdam currently testing the use of self-driving electric boats in its waterways

Avengers, and Bob Chapek, assemble at Disneyland for epic grand opening ceremony of Avengers Campus


Disney has brought Marvel to life like never before with the launch of Avengers Campus at Disneyland California Adventure

A flight through history: Brogent develops Kazakhstan’s first-ever flying theatre as part of government-backed tourist development


Kazakhstan has welcomed the country’s first flying theatre ride with Brogent Technologies behind the landmark new attraction

From The Industry: The Louvre’s first female leader, more big cat controversy and bumper cars in VR


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions

Covid confusion as Japanese town uses emergency fund to build giant squid statue


The seaside town says the squid is part of a strategy to boost tourism following Covid-19

Should we interfere with heritage to improve the visitor experience?


Where exactly is the line when it comes to improving the visitor experience and interfering with historic sites?

Vietnam’s ‘Sleepless City’ open for business as US$2.8bn mega-development featuring country’s largest theme park opens doors


Vietnam’s largest theme park, a game-changing aquarium project and 12,000 hotel rooms are just a few of the features of the new Phu Quoc United Center

The Week: Lego Mythica, Nolan Bushnell, Doctor Who and the iconic X-Wing


Going behind-the-scenes for the development of Legoland Windsor’s newest attraction, an evening with a videogame industry legend, the immersive Doctor Who experience coming to London and the Smithsonian’s latest out-of-this-world acquisition. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions

From The Industry: Big cat safety, the European Museum of the Year and SeaWorld’s Leviathan


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions

Major waterpark occupying former Six Flags site coming to Hangzhou Bay in June


In addition to the waterpark development, the former Six Flags site will boast theme parks and hotels under Sunac

Cultural Recovery Fund for Dundee reaches million pound target


The Dundee Cultural Recovery Fund will support cultural institutions through financial difficulties and bring tourists back to the area

The Week: Celebrating a century of Knott’s Berry Farm, the Jurassic World Exhibition, I am Groot and the WWE Hall of Fame


A new ride from Triotech celebrating 100 years of Knott’s Berry Farm, the Jurassic world exhibition coming to North America, Disney’s next step in robotics and WWE looking at building a physical Hall of Fame. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions

From The Industry: The Mafia targets Italian tourism, London Resort’s new themed land and Disney’s Star Wars dinner show


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions

The Week: Cruise resurgence, Legoland’s new attraction, the K’Nex coaster and fan revolt


The US cruise industry is a step closer to resuming operations, the creation of the Lego Sky Lion at Legoland Windsor, the fan who built a gargantuan rollercoaster entirely out of K’nex and the operator’s role as a custodian of treasured memories. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions

Fantawild set for imminent openings of new Chinese history-themed Glorious Orient theme parks


Ningbo and Ganzhou to open second gates in the next stage of the Beautiful China Trilogy resorts

World’s first Columbia Pictures theme and waterpark coming to Thailand


Dependent on local restrictions being lifted, the new attraction is scheduled to open in October 2021

WATCH: Predicting Disney World’s economic impact during its first decade of operation


In 1967, Economic Research Associates were hired to find out what impact the upcoming Disney World Resort would have on the state. The outcome, it turned out, would surprise even Disney

Thailand’s SEXY tourism strategy bringing the visitors back


The SEXY - Safety and hygiene, Environmental sustainability, (E)xtra experiences and Yield - strategy of Thailand’s government seems to be being back tourists in growing numbers

Embattled, beloved: Hong Kong’s Ocean Park gets interim CEO in wake of latest bailout


The head of the island’s tourism commission takes the helm from May

The Week: Wakanda in Disneyland? The Game of Thrones Studio Tour, Venice’s cruise ban and Holovis at Legoland


The eagle-eyed fan who might have spotted Wakanda is Disneyland’s expansion plan, vital funding for the Game of Thrones Studio Tour, a long-awaited ban on cruise ships in central Venice and the technology powering Legoland New York’s most anticipated attraction. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions

Cruise ships banned in Venice as city aims to protect cultural heritage


Cruise ships are no longer welcome in Venice following a ruling by the Italian government

IAAPA gearing up for virtual conference next week


The IAAPA Virtual Conference wants to help the industry ‘rebound, rebuild, and return to the fun’

Game of Thrones Studio Tour takes huge step forwards after securing £10m package to fund development


The state-of-the-art visitor attraction will open later this year after securing a sizeable loan to part-finance the project

Visit Orlando to host first-of-its-kind virtual experiential travel show


Visit Orlando has collaborated with a number of major theme parks for a consumer-facing virtual travel show

The final fun-tier: Is it time to take space tourism seriously?


The sweet shop of space is most certainly open for business and some of the world’s richest people have their face pressed up against the window, but is there room for the visitor attractions industry?

From The Industry: Art and business with Meow Wolf, a giant blue cockerel and Walk the Woodie at Blackpool Pleasure Beach


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions

The Week: Eurovision in Husavik, Michael Mack on Europa-Park’s year and the man behind Jurassic Park’s dinosaurs


With a Eurovision Museum making its way to Iceland, Michael Mack on ‘the toughest year in the history of our business’, Beetlejuice returning to Horror Nights and a man who owns an army of robot dinosaurs, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions

Eurovision Museum coming to Húsavík after Iceland’s government awards development funding


They might well be playing Jaja Ding Dong at the new Eurovision Museum, coming to Húsavík, Iceland, later this year

From The Industry: Notre Dame two years on, Tracy McGrady’s new restaurant and the plants of Jurassic World


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry

From The Industry: Trendswatch, Cars Week and the rise of ‘vaccine tourism’


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry

Indian prison which once held Gandhi opens to visitors


One of India’s highest security prisons has opened to the public, with educational tours taking visitors inside the place where Mahatma Gandhi was held prisoner for several years

The Week: Covid-detecting dogs, Soul comes to Epcot and have you tried being more like Elon Musk?


Featuring a dog, a doge, Soul’s Epcot debut and Taylor Swift’s legal issues, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions

Tourism ‘reset’ for Amsterdam, as city plans cannabis café ban and move for red light district


Amsterdam could be a very different place in 2021, with plans to ban tourists from cannabis cafés and to move the Red Light District away from the city centre

Saudi Arabia has launched a new company to develop its cruise industry


Cruise Saudi will develop ports and terminals in several cities and tourist destinations, as well as itineraries that explore Saudi heritage and culture

The Week: Willie Nelson, an Olympic conundrum and a Theme Park of Perpetual Torment


Featuring Men in Black, Willie Nelson, Chernobyl and of course Yoda, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions

From the Industry: VelociCoaster, Jason Avant’s new business and the 1800s version of virtual tourism


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry

A record number of people are visiting Chernobyl and Ukraine’s government is planning to welcome even more


There are parts of Chernobyl so dangerous you could die in minutes just standing there but that’s not stopping tourists who are visiting the exclusion zone in record numbers

More than 100 million travel and tourism jobs could return in 2021, says WTTC


The World Tourism and Travel Council predicts a best-case scenario, which will see 111 million jobs return to the travel and tourism sector this year



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