December 6, 2021
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Happening next week: IAAPA Young Professionals Webinar + Exchange
If you are a student wanting to make it in the attractions industry, register for the free IAAPA Young Professionals Webinar and Exchange on Dec. 13. Hear how former students made their dreams of becoming an attractions industry professional a reality. IAAPA team members share how the association can help individuals expand their network and knowledge. Learn more.
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Take part in the IAAPA Brass Ring Awards 2021 Webinar Series: Behind the Big Ideas
Join winners and finalists from this year's IAAPA Brass Ring Awards in a new webinar series that will give you an inside look into the strategies and perspectives of industry innovators. Learn how they brought their ideas to life and how you can jump start your 2022 IAAPA Brass Ring Award submission. Register now.
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Reserve your seat at the IAAPA Middle East Summit
IAAPA Middle East Summit is an event filled with extraordinary opportunities. Discover Dubai's newest attractions, learn from industry leaders and connect with peers from all over the world. This is the ultimate opportunity to meet and network with attraction professionals from the Middle East region and beyond. Will you join us? Register here.
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Amusement and Theme Parks
Pierre-Yves Gerbeau, CEO of London Resort Company Holdings, announced that the 535-acre London Resort theme park project in Kent, England, will start construction in 2022, with the first phase expected to open by 2024. Plans for the £2.5 billion resort include a shopping district, three hotels, a water park and a theme park with roller coasters and areas such as a Jungle-themed land, a futuristic section, a King Arthur-themed The Kingdom and a Base Camp.
Full Story: The Daily Star (London) (12/4) 
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Hopi Hari amusement park in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has undergone consistent maintenance and revitalization since 2019. Construction crews are updating the "Montezum" wooden roller coaster, the park's premier attraction, with a renovated train and improvements to the HVAC system in the queue line. Additionally, crews have updated the ziplines, park restaurants and retail locations.
Full Story: iG (Brazil) (Portuguese-language content) (11/25) 
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Leisure Island amusement park on Canvey Island, England, is awaiting approval from Castle Point Council for its expansion project, which will see the addition of a small roller coaster, a Legoland-style driving school and an 18-hole dinosaur-themed crazy golf course. If approved, work on the £500,000 project could commence in late January.
Full Story: Echo (Basildon, England) (12/5) 
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"Holiday in the Park" event is underway at Frontier City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This year's event has family rides, entertainment, lights, treats, photo opportunities and four interactive themed lands -- Gingerbread Village, Candy Cane Lane, Winter Wonderland and Merry Mistletoe.
Full Story: KFOR-TV (Oklahoma City) (12/3) 
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Water Parks
The new White Oak Leisure Centre is scheduled to debut Feb. 12 in Swanley, England. The £20 million facility will include a 25-meter, six-lane swimming pool featuring a moving floor, a game-based indoor obstacle course called "Tag Active" and a fitness suite.
Full Story: Kent Online (U.K.) (12/2) 
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The city council has unveiled the updated design for the planned expansion of the Forest Park Pool in Fort Worth, Texas. The new design includes a 50-meter, eight-lane pool with a 7-foot depth. The project is set to be funded through the city's 2022 bond package, which will be presented during the council's Tuesday work session.
Full Story: Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (12/2) 
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The Bangor Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex in Northern Ireland reopened to the public Monday. The reopening comes after the facility was forced to close recently due to severe storm damage.
Full Story: BelfastLive (Northern Ireland) (11/30) 
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Family Entertainment Centers
Work is well underway on the Tiebreakers entertainment center at the Roan Centre in Johnson City, Tennessee. Slated to open in the first quarter of 2022, the facility will offer "hyperbowling," a large redemption arcade, a full-service restaurant and bar, ax-throwing bays, virtual reality rides and games and rooms for private events.
Full Story: Johnson City Press (Tenn.) (12/1) 
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Zoos and Aquariums
Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida, began a campaign to raise $100 million to help fund its Aquarium and Conservation Center project. Plans for the new campus, set to be built on a 14-acre plot of land on the shore of the Banana River at Port Canaveral, include interactive experiences and indoor and outdoor exhibits. Work on the project could begin by 2024 to allow for an opening in late 2026 or early 2027.
Full Story: Florida Today (Melbourne) (tiered subscription model) (12/3),  Yahoo/Florida Today (12/3) 
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Zoo Antwerpen in Belgium said that two of its hippopotamuses have tested positive for COVID-19 and are being quarantined. The animals do not show any symptoms except for runny, sticky noses, and the zoo is looking into the source of the contagion.
Full Story: Reuters (12/4),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (12/5) 
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Museums and Science Centers
Legoland Discovery Center in Somerville, Massachusetts, kicked off its "Holiday Bricktacular" event on Saturday. The event runs through Jan. 2 and features a holiday parade, festive holiday scenes and a workshop allowing children to build Santa's Sleigh.
Full Story: WCVB-TV (Boston) (12/3) 
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Brian Morrow, owner of Orlando, Florida-based B Morrow Productions, came out as a standout contestant on HGTV's "Table Wars" design competition series after he won the Week 3 challenge with his '80s-inspired table design. Morrow has 20 years' experience in the theme park and entertainment industry and completed projects for SeaWorld Orlando, Disney's Animal Kingdom and ZooTampa at Lowry Park.
Full Story: Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (12/4) 
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Over the next few years, tourism development representatives will invest R$2 billion in Parauapebas, Para, Brazil. Developments will focus on nature and adventure tourism, entertainment and ecotourism. A theme park with a 2,600-meters-long zipline will be one significant addition to the area. The park is aiming for a 2023 opening.
Full Story: Mercado & Eventos (Brazil) (Portuguese-language content) (11/27) 
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The 88-meters-high "Yup Star Foz" offers 36 fully air-conditioned cabins, which showcase panoramic views of the region. The attraction can accommodate 288 people per cycle and is expected to draw around 500,000 people annually. The Ferris wheel is part of a R$200 million development that includes the 360-room Aquan resort, which will open in 2023.
Full Story: Panrotas (Brazil) (Portuguese-language content) (11/26) 
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The governor of Sao Paulo, Brazil, recently signed a decree that would create the Serra Azul Tourist District in the Jundiai region of the state. The new district is part of a R$1.8 billion investment that includes the development of four tourist districts around Sao Paulo. The new districts will add more theme parks, shopping centers and attractions around Sao Paulo over the next five years. The Serra Azul Tourist District could generate nearly 7,500 new jobs.
Full Story: Governo do Estado de Sao Paulo (Brazil) (Portuguese-language content) (11/29) 
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