Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine: The eNewsletter

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The June 2015 issue of Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine (TAP) features a large variety of stories that will help you run a better business. In the entertainment center universe, finding the right employees and vendors can help make the process easier. The June edition features Tourist Attractions & Park’s yearly look at this important industry segment.

TAP’s 2015 Entertainment Center and Location-Based Entertainment Supplier’s Guide is included in the issue. This listing of vendors is especially of interest to entertainment centers, although many of the company’s listed work across the industry’s spectrum of attractions.

In the edition’s expanded Entertainment Center Report, the magazine offers 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, the magazine covers how attractions are following in the footsteps of the Discovery Cove model to offer exclusive experiences, and in the Waves section, it offers 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, several of the top new coin-op games are named, including redemption diversions. In Food Service Spotlight, readers will find the best coverage of attraction food in the industry. The June issue examines quick-selling menu items at museums and offers ideas on the food franchise development process.

In the Amusement Rental/Inflatable News section, 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. The magazines also offer news and product news from the bowling, food service, haunt, laser tag, mini-golf and other industries.

Co-Founders Jerry Raymond, in red, with Ron Raymond, photographed at Sky High Sports. “I continue to develop educational programs, research opportunities and identify best practices for the betterment of our growing industry,” Jerry Raymond said.

Co-Founders Jerry Raymond, in red, with Ron Raymond, photographed at Sky High Sports. “I continue to develop educational programs, research opportunities and identify best practices for the betterment of our growing industry,” Jerry Raymond said.

 A view of the splashpark at Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum’s Wings and Waves Waterpark in McMinnville, Ore. For the youngest guests, splashparks are a solid way to offer safe and engaging fun, a June TAP story found.


A view of the splashpark at Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum’s Wings and Waves Waterpark in McMinnville, Ore. For the youngest guests, splashparks are a solid way to offer safe and engaging fun, a June TAP story found.

Management Roundtable

Tourist Attractions and Parks Magazine followed up with two interview subjects to ask them about the state of the entertainment industry and current trends. Here’s what they had to say:

In regard to mini-golf and go-kart food trends, Matt Brockman, general manager for Putt-Putt Fun House in Webster, Texas, supported what Manager Jason Curbin stated in a recent TAP interview. “We sell a lot of pizza. That’s our main staple, and there really are no changes in that. It just works for us, because we are in a niche with a lot of children patronizing our attraction. Basic, tasty, cheese and pepperoni pizza continues to be our food trend.”

General bowling center trends are also holding steady for Mike Whitty, owner of Palladium Bowl in Alice, Texas. “Business remains very busy, in fact this spring we are seeing a great deal of event bookings, such as birthday parties. We have a lot of parties going on right now.”

 Employees photographed in a party room at Lucky Jack’s in Traverse City, Mich. See the June issue of TAP for expanded bowling center coverage to commemorate Bowl Expo.


Employees photographed in a party room at Lucky Jack’s in Traverse City, Mich. See the June issue of TAP for expanded bowling center coverage to commemorate Bowl Expo.

At Saint Lucifer’s Haunted Asylum in Flint, Mich., Actress Amanda Shaw is shown playing with fire in the wait line. Actors and animatronics at haunts around the country are discussed in the June 2015 TAP story “Makeup, Masks and Motors - Finding the Right Mix of Actors and Animatronics.”

At Saint Lucifer’s Haunted Asylum in Flint, Mich., Actress Amanda Shaw is shown playing with fire in the wait line. Actors and animatronics at haunts around the country are discussed in the June 2015 TAP story “Makeup, Masks and Motors – Finding the Right Mix of Actors and Animatronics.”

Industry News

The 2016 F2F Experience

Dates and cities have been narrowed for the 2016 F2F Experience, which plans to continue the Tuesday through Thursday conference format utilized in 2015, and will once again be scheduled for the end of February. Exact dates will be forthcoming once the host city is announced, with options currently including Phoenix, Orlando, Clearwater/St. Petersburg, Miami, Tucson, San Diego and San Antonio.

The conference seeks the best combination of location, climate and environment to support the vital face-to-face format and interaction created this year. The 3 Amigos who are behind the conference, Ben Jones, George Smith and Rick Iceberg, announced the 2016 theme as 10X Better, building on the Amigos’ industry message that includes “Change or Die, Buy or Die, and Invest to Live.” Invest to Live was the message at the encore Amigos Presentation held March 24, 2015, at the Amusement Expo.

The 2016 conference plans to focus on the 10X Better mantra by encouraging attendees to focus on fewer areas and exploit their industry strength. Professionals from design, manufacturing, distribution, operations and media will gather to create an open atmosphere to meaningfully discuss profitability increase, what’s coming next and advocacy for entertainment centers.

Along with the upcoming February 2016 conference, invitees to the Industry Think Event, or EPIC Charrette, are scheduled to attend a leadership event October 6-8, 2016.

F2FEC seeks the best-of-the-best veteran owners and operators alongside experienced professionals to attend in a level playing field. The conference is independently and philanthropically produced. No specific membership or affiliation is required to attend.

For more information about F2FEC and the industry think event, EPIC Charrette, visit: F2Conference.com.

Super Fun Inflatables staff members cleaning a unit. The owner of this Ruckersville, Va., company is interviewed in the story “Best Bets for Successful Blowouts – Trends in Party Inflatables” for the June 2015 issue of TAP.

Super Fun Inflatables staff members cleaning a unit. The owner of this Ruckersville, Va., company is interviewed in the story “Best Bets for Successful Blowouts – Trends in Party Inflatables” for the June 2015 issue of TAP.

Bowling Industry News

BlueArc Capital Management Acquires Brunswick Bowling Products

Brunswick Bowling Products announced recently that it has been acquired by BlueArc Capital Management LLC, a private investment firm based in Atlanta, Ga. Brunswick, a worldwide market leader in bowling products, is based in Muskegon, Mich.

BlueArc completed the acquisition with investments from Gladstone Investment Corporation, a publicly traded business development company in McLean, Va., and Capitala Finance Corp., a business development company in Charlotte, N.C.

“Brunswick is a great fit for us,” said Michael Roher, managing partner of BlueArc’s private equity business. “We focus on investing in well-established, market-leading companies and helping them innovate and grow over time. The brand, the products and the management team all demonstrate the high-performance attributes we seek within our portfolio companies.”

“Brunswick Bowling Products has been known for quality products and innovation for 125 years,” said Brent Perrier, chief executive officer of Brunswick Bowling Products. “We’re excited to be associated with BlueArc. Throughout the sale process BlueArc was the obvious choice of our management team. Their commitment to our business is a very positive sign to the entire industry.”

“We are pleased that the buyers are long-term investors and that the Brunswick name and all that it stands for will carry on and continue to set the standard in the bowling industry,” explained Brunswick Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dustan McCoy.

Headquarters will remain in Muskegon, Mich., with manufacturing operations in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, and Reynosa, Mexico.

 

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