New Ideas for a New Year

January 1, 2014 No Comments

It is with optimism for the leisure entertainment industry that we look ahead to a new year. Tourist Attractions & Parks has been covering the amusement industry for over 40 years, and the magazine never stops innovating in its efforts to keep in touch with the many segments of the markets in its coverage universe. In this the first issue of 2014, we offer several unique sections.

In a special insurance section, we present stories on trends for amusement rental and inflatables businesses, keeping children safe in bounce houses and becoming a well-informed insurance buyer. The stories are in addition to insurance product news features.

A vacation to a large park is an event of a lifetime for many families. In this issue’s Large Park Report, our Contributor Chad Emerson offers a look at new rides that will be appearing at the country’s major parks in 2014.

Another one-of-a-kind experience awaits guests at a New Hampshire attraction, where the country’s first indoor surf park is opening. Surf’s Up, at the SkyVenture indoor skydiving attraction, is breaking barriers as the first of its kind. The husband-and-wife team who own the attraction wanted the Surf’s Up experience to be as realistic as possible, and turned to the American Wave Machines and OpenAire companies to make their dream a reality. You can read all about this new attraction in the Waves section.

We also offer articles on an agricultural haunt in Baker, Fla., project financing, trends in coin-op ticketing and penny press machines and news from the 2013 IAAPA Attractions Expo.

These informative features are in addition to our annual carnival and fair industry stories in recognition of the International Independent Showmen’s Association, Inc., or Gibtown Showman’s Club, Super Trade Show and Extravaganza. The show is in its 46th year and is slated for early February in Florida.

We highly value the insights and opinions of our readership, and want to hear from you about what is right, as well as what needs improvement, with our publication. Please email your thoughts and ideas to:


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


Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Recent News

Palace Entertainment Announces Sale of 14 Family Entertainment Centers and Waterpark in Deal with Apex Parks Group

Published October 7, 2014

Dole® Soft Serve Is Ideal for Patrons with Dietary Restrictions

Published August 3, 2014

Comic-Con® International 2014 Showcases Mobile Zipline by Extreme Engineering

Published July 31, 2014

Gage Bowls Adds Laser Maze Challenge and New Bowling Lanes

Published July 30, 2014

Foundations Entertainment University Is Offering New One-Day Lite Workshop 
on August 19 in Atlanta, Georgia

Published July 28, 2014

Monkey Joe’s Chooses Party Center Software

Published July 28, 2014

Bowling: Brunswick Open Letter to the Bowling Industry

Published July 24, 2014
Global Restaurant Brand Johnny Rockets Announces Expansion into Hawaii and Guam

Global Restaurant Brand Johnny Rockets Announces Expansion into Hawaii and Guam

Published April 14, 2014


Published April 4, 2014

Funovation® Completes New Projects

Published April 4, 2014

LaserTAG360 EVENT Coming Soon May 13-14, 2014

Published March 25, 2014
Make Your 2014 Fright Event Even More Memorable

Make Your 2014 Fright Event Even More Memorable

Published March 1, 2014

Scary Fun for All
The 7 Floors of Hell Haunted Scream Park

Published March 1, 2014

Frostline® Frozen Treats Same Great Product with a New Look

Published March 1, 2014

More Tips for Reducing Food Waste at Zoos and Aquariums

Published March 1, 2014

Waste Not, Want Not
How Zoos and Aquariums Are Reducing Food Waste

Published March 1, 2014

Trends on the Horizon
What’s ahead for vending machines that sell food items?

Published March 1, 2014

Food Vending Machine Report
Tips to Sell More Meals, Snacks and Beverages

Published March 1, 2014

Today’s Top Trends

Published March 1, 2014

Spotlight on the Coin-op Industry
A Question and Answer Interview with TRIOTECH

Published March 1, 2014

GameALERT Reports Bill Changer and Game Problems

Published March 1, 2014

Betson Enterprises Announces Distribution Agreement with Three Square Market

Published March 1, 2014

Free Computer Monitor with GameALERT® Systems

Published March 1, 2014

Street Beat: Sacoa Playcard® Offers Integration to Facebook for Online Sales and Party Booking Applications

Published March 1, 2014
LMap Powered by Silvercrest
Premier Polysteel
Cannonball Blaster
Spectrum Sports
Empex Water Toys