Building a business requires both small and big steps in the form of making sound decisions, creating alliances and sometimes taking leaps of faith. In the entertainment center business, finding the right employees and vendors can help make the process easier. This edition features Tourist Attractions & Park’s yearly look at this important industry segment.
Our 2015 Entertainment Center and Location-Based Entertainment Supplier’s Guide is a listing of vendors especially of interest to entertainment centers, although many of the company’s listed work across the industry’s spectrum of attractions.
In our expanded Entertainment Center Report, we offer articles on the bumper car industry, adding bowling for increased profitability, bowling and laser tag center party strategies, the growing trampoline park industry, a go-kart racing location profile, adding mini-golf and upgrading roller skating locations.
Also in the magazine are only-in-TAP features to keep you informed. In the Large Park Report, we cover how attractions are following in the footsteps of the Discovery Cove model to offer exclusive experiences, and in the Waves section, we offer a look at how splashparks are making a difference in how the youngest members of the family are kept entertained at waterparks.
In Street Beat, we name some of the top new games, including redemption diversions, in the coin-op business today. In Food Service Spotlight, you will find the best coverage of attraction food in the industry. This issue we look at quick-selling menu items at museums and offer ideas on the food franchise development process. In Amusement Rental/Inflatable News, there is an article that offers ideas on the best inflatables for parties, and the Haunted Attractions feature covers finding the right mix of actors and animatronics. We also offer news and product news from the bowling, food service, haunt, laser tag, mini-golf and other industries.
I want to offer my congratulations to two companies that have withstood the test of time. Best wishes to Rio Syrup, which is celebrating a remarkable 75 years in business, and to Quik n’ Crispy®, which is also commemorating a milestone with 25 years in the industry.
I hope you enjoy the issue. I welcome your feedback on the magazine, and also your thoughts on the industry, and will personally respond to comments emailed to email@example.com. You can also like us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/TAPnews, follow us on Twitter, twitter.com/tapmagazine1, or visit www.tapmag.com to read and comment on our archive of articles and to see the latest installment of the insightful Management Blog.
Scott C. Borowsky
President and Executive Editor
Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine