Buying Outside the Box

February 10, 2013 No Comments

For the February/March issue each year, we bring you the Who’s Who Buyer’s Guide. The listing is a chance to get familiarized with all of the top vendors in the industry, and highlights the companies that are advertisers in the issue with all of their contact information. This year’s edition has been streamlined, and we hope you find the guide useful and informative.
The economic changes of the last several years have altered how many guests spend their time and money. In this issue’s Large Park Report, we examine efforts at Universal Orlando to offer affordable lodging to patrons. The plan is likely to pose an interesting challenge to Disney, our contributor found.
With customers simultaneously pinching pennies and eager to treat the kids to fun, family entertainment centers are the perfect answer to the question of where to spend. In our Family Entertainment Center Report, we offer articles on adding bowling to FECs and insurance trends at the centers, as well as finding the best laser tag vendors.
As professionals in the food service industry have always been aware, guests will always want to take a break to eat and drink. Knowing this fact, investing time and money into eatery and menu improvement are rarely wasted enterprises. Museums are in a unique position to create excitement with food for their audience. In our AAM Report · Food Service Spotlight, we shed light on how these institutions are developing unique and enticing menu items.
Compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is an ongoing concern for all types of centers, including waterparks. In this issue’s Waves feature, we interviewed parks around the country for their perspectives on meeting deadlines and complying with these at times complex rules.
The ADA regulations allow attractions to create safe and inclusive environments for all patrons. When the attractions are portable and set up at parties or events, safety is a huge challenge and concern. In the Amusement Rental/Inflatable News section, our contributor discusses how inflatable rental companies can tie marketing efforts to safe operating efforts aimed at educating and safely entertaining customers.
With Amusement Expo slated for mid-March, we offer expanded industry coverage in this issue that includes articles on vending machines at zoos, aquariums and family entertainment centers and the outlook for new games. Please stop by and visit our booth at the show, and look for the results of the 2013 Excellence in Family Entertainment Center Awards, which will be announced during the event.
I hope you enjoy the issue, please contact me at editortapmag@Kanec.com with your questions, comments and suggestions.

Scott C. Borowsky
President and Executive Editor
Tourist Attractions and Parks magazine

Back

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Recent News

Helios Races to Cajun Fast Tracks

Helios Races to Cajun Fast Tracks

Published January 5, 2017
Bay Tek Announces Mark Lenske as International Sales Manger

Bay Tek Announces Mark Lenske as International Sales Manger

Published December 29, 2016
Intercard Adds Director of Customer Service

Intercard Adds Director of Customer Service

Published December 29, 2016

Brunswick Bowling Announces New Roles to Support Resurging Modernization Sales

Published December 29, 2016

Hot Off of the Presses: Triotech in 2017

Published December 29, 2016
Selling the Extras <br> Souvenirs and Food at Escape Rooms and Haunted Attractions

Selling the Extras
Souvenirs and Food at Escape Rooms and Haunted Attractions

Published December 29, 2016
Into the Future: Best New Video and Redemption Earners

Into the Future: Best New Video and Redemption Earners

Published December 29, 2016
Predictions and Observations: What to Expect in 2017

Predictions and Observations: What to Expect in 2017

Published December 29, 2016

F2FEC –  Poised to Make Change Happen

Published December 27, 2016

Clip ‘n Climb To Open 100th Center

Published November 28, 2016
Extreme Engineering Introduces Dual Harness Cloud Coaster, Wins Award at the 2016 IAAPA Attractions Expo

Extreme Engineering Introduces Dual Harness Cloud Coaster, Wins Award at the 2016 IAAPA Attractions Expo

Published November 28, 2016

Oak Island Creative Launched 20-year Anniversary Celebration, and New Products, at the 2016 IAAPA Attractions Expo

Published November 23, 2016

LaserTag.com by Zone Introduces Helios Pick-up Pads

Published November 23, 2016
Dodgeball2You Wins IAAPA Brass Ring Award

Dodgeball2You Wins IAAPA Brass Ring Award

Published November 23, 2016
Spectrum Sports Wins IAAPA Brass Ring Award

Spectrum Sports Wins IAAPA Brass Ring Award

Published November 23, 2016
Fresh and From Scratch<br>How Amusement Parks Are Raising the Stakes to Offer Better Food

Fresh and From Scratch
How Amusement Parks Are Raising the Stakes to Offer Better Food

Published November 22, 2016

Fernandez Family Brings Johnny Rockets to Hawaii

Published November 11, 2016
Spectrum
Extreme Engineering
Premier Polysteel
Rebound Unlimted, Inc.
Embed
LAIGames