Archive for January, 2012

Business Strategies: Appealing to Couples at Leisure Entertainment Facilities

January 30, 2012 No Comments

January 30, 2012 Over the past few years, women’s interest and other lifestyle magazines have been publishing articles that urge married and unmarried couples alike to engage in activities other than restaurant dining and movie-going when out on a date. Owners and operators of leisure entertainment facilities can make their venues the site of such […]

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A Conversation with NICA’s New Executive Director, Barbara Hensinger

A Conversation with NICA’s New Executive Director, Barbara Hensinger

January 30, 2012 No Comments

Tourist Attractions & Parks: What are the most pressing issues facing today’s independent concessionaires? Barbara Hensinger: Throughout the country, small businesspeople are facing over burdensome state and federal regulations.  This is true for our concessionaires, but the impact is often multiplied as many of our members operate in a variety of states. Currently, one of […]

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Business Strategies: Attracting More Group Business to Leisure Entertainment Facilities

January 24, 2012 No Comments

January 24, 2012 While individual guests clearly generate a significant chunk of leisure entertainment facilities’ business, group sales can open up a nice alternative revenue stream for venues of all kinds. What’s more, successfully playing the group sales card isn’t as difficult as operators may think; a bit of ingenuity and beyond-the-box thinking go a […]

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Delivering the Safety Message

January 18, 2012 2 Comments

By Allen F. Weitzel Employees have an obligation to follow procedures and work safely. Management has an obligation to know procedures, train employees on them, and then monitor employee actions to make sure employees remember and follow those procedures, and remind them when they do not. When it comes to safety, management must understand their […]

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Business Strategies: Increasing Food Revenues at Leisure Entertainment Facilities

January 16, 2012 No Comments

January 16, 2012 While most consumers will purchase food, beverages or a combination thereof when visiting leisure entertainment facilities, there is much that owners and operators can, and should, do to sell more items and boost revenues in this category. Offering “signature” foods tops the list of possibilities. Such items need not be fancy or […]

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The Angry Birds License Is Performing Well for The Good Stuff Company

The Angry Birds License Is Performing Well for The Good Stuff Company

January 13, 2012 No Comments

The Good Stuff Company played host to the world’s largest plush Angry Bird late last year at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Fla. The company’s Angry Bird amusement products include plush, basketballs, keychains and novelties. “Angry Birds was the best-performing plush license in 2011, and it continues to perform.  We have plenty of […]

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Business Strategies: Keeping Food Costs Down at Leisure Entertainment Facilities

January 10, 2012 No Comments

January 10, 2012 By many industry estimates, a well-thought-out food service component can account for 25 percent or more of total revenues generated at leisure entertainment facilities. However, achieving such a feat is a double-edged sword for operators these days. On one hand, economic pressure is leading visitors to demand more affordable fare, meaning that […]

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January 2012

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Laser Star Amusements Wins Award at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo

Laser Star Amusements Wins Award at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Michael Peretz (left), and Dr. David Peretz holding the 2011 Brass Ring Award presented by the IAAPA Awards Committee at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo. Laser Star Amusements was proud to be the recipient of the 2011 IAAPA Brass Ring Award for Best New Coin Operated/Redemption Game for its Tasty Tubes Factory. The device allows […]

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Amusement Expo 2012 Will Offer Premier Educational Opportunities and Awards

Amusement Expo 2012 Will Offer Premier Educational Opportunities and Awards

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Amusement Expo: March 14-16, 2012 Foundations Entertainment University: March 12-13, 2012 The American Amusement Machine Association (AAMA) and the Amusement & Music Operators Association (AMOA)’s Amusement Expo 2012 at the Las Vegas Convention Center is the premier trade event for the coin-op and out-of-home entertainment industries. For 2012, the event has retained Foundations Entertainment University […]

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Sponsors

Knight Equipment

Drive cables for ferris wheels, Tilt-A-Whirls, Rock-O-Planes and many others.

Ride Development Corp.

Electric floor, gas and battery-powered bumper cars.

Center Edge Software

Facility Management Software Solutions

Challenger Industries

Sports surfaces, carpets and mini-golf surfaces.

Tokens Direct

A wide variety of tokens.

Friedman Group Ins.

Insurance for amusement devices.

Poly Products

Tables, benches and related products. Green products for a green world.

Adventure Golf

Miniature golf courses, consultants, architecture and design.

Enchanted Castle Studios

Fiberglass statuary and figures for restaurants, mini-golf, theme parks and other attractions.

Max Flight

Manufactures interactive virtual reality motion-platform game systems including networkable flight and roller coaster simulators.

Namco

Namco America is a premier manufacturer of coin-op arcade attractions, ranging from the hottest titles like Crazy Typhoon and Jumpin’ Jackpot to classic game-room experiences such as the Pac-Man 25th Anniversary upright that features Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga. Specialized pieces such as Wonka Sweetland and Flamin Finger are favorites too! For arcade gaming fun, Namco America is your answer.

Jane Farrell Turf and Carpets, Inc.

Commercial carpet, printed and decorative patterns, loop and cut-pile construction. Wall coverings in fluorescents, Class A fire rated. Colored turf, both traditional and neon colors.

Sacoa

Designed and manufactures PlayCard, the rechargeable debit card system.

Lil Orbits Inc.

Food equipment, donut machines and vendor carts.

Qubica

Sells capital equipment to bowling centers.

Adventure Glass

Unique paddleboats.

Coast to Coast

Coin-operated entertainment, crane machines.

Xtreme Inflatables

Repair and service for all inflatable products.

Amusement Entertainment Management (AEM)

Premier entertainment consultants.

Harris Miniature Golf Course

Design and construction of miniature golf courses and water rides.

Castle Golf, Inc.

Planning, design and construction of miniature golf courses and family fun parks.

See Coast Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Coin-operated binoculars and telescopes.

Thomco Insurance (Fun Pro)

Fun Pro is an insurance program especially designed for party planners and party rental businesses.

Laser Star

Laser shooting galleries, laser tag, dark ride target systems, overhead target ranges.

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Extreme Engineering

Industry leader in zip lines, climbing walls, jumper systems and adventure products.

Funovation

Laser maze challenge

Family Fun Corp.

Waterpark walls for rivers, bumper boat and splash down pools.

Kay Park Recreations Corp.

Picnic tables, grills, park benches, planters, trash containers and more.

Chestnut Identity Apparel

Uniform supply, embroidered apparel and flag manufacturing.

Brunswick Bowling

Entertainment bowling center developer and manufacturer of bowling equipment and entertainment products.

Subway

Fresh food and sandwich options.

Penny Press

Penny souvenir machine, great for parks, FECs, bowling and skating centers, museums and tourist attractions.

Omega Carpets

Printed carpeting for all your facility needs.

U.S. Bowling

Award-winning independent company brings bowling to your venue.

Cost of Wisconson

Creators of simulated environments, duplicate structures, sculpted figures, exhibits, water features, mini-golf and more.

Weldon, Williams & Lick

Admission systems and wristband ticketing.

Wells Fargo

Commercial insurance for inflatables and event planners.

Sureshot Redemption

One-stop source for prize redemption counters at entertainment centers.

Quik N\’ Crispy (QNC)

Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer.

Spectrum Sports

Climbing walls, ropes courses, go-karts and more.

Flagship Carpet

Custom carpets and rugs.

Store on Wheels

Importer and distributor of quality toys, lighting and novelties. Cater to the amusement, retail and entertainment industries.

Muncie Novelty Co., Inc.

Admissions, financial equipment, printing and tickets.

California Portable Dance Floor Company

Embed

Provides innovative IT products and services with a primary focus on card-based solutions and database applications for the leisure and retail industries.

Master Pitching Machine

Batting cages and pitching machines.

A’maze Ventures, Inc.

Mazes for every location, new and used.

West Coast Netting, Inc.

Experienced netting manufacturer on the leading edge of innovation.

Safari Ltd.

Leading manufacturer of innovative educational toys.

Art Attack

Theming, miniature golf, parade floats, 3D props, air-brushed murals, signage and art panels.

Rio Syrup

Over 250 flavors, syrups and concentrates for shaved ice, sno cones, shushes, food colors. Now featuring Hawaiian Flower Cups.

Northeast Insurance (NIC)

Insurance programs.

Lazer Runner

Laser Tag Systems

Hoffman Mint

Tokens, medals, coins and key tags.

Klopp International, Inc. (Playmeter)

Quality coin counters and sorters.

Tarobots

Boxerjocks robotic boxing amusement ride game attraction.

Empex Water Toys

Aquatons Water Toys

National Rock & Sculpture

Dedicated to the conceptual design and development of themed environments.

Water Wars (T&D Enterprises of Brainerd)

Water Wars water balloon game, portable or startionary.

GloCones

Flashing cotton candy cones.

Wisdom Industries, Ltd.

Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

Comstock – Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

American Changer

Bill and coin dispensers and counters, ticket machines and more.