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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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A Decade of Challenge and Change: <br /> Trends in the Traveling Amusement Company Industry

A Decade of Challenge and Change:
Trends in the Traveling Amusement Company Industry

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Midway amusement companies and traveling fairs have secured an iconic place in American culture. As part of an industry where multi-generations of families owning the same company is the norm, traveling fairs have undergone a great deal of change, especially in the past decade.  While some change has raised the bar of professionalism, other changes […]

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A Spot in the Shade <br />Sheltering Structures for the Traveling Entertainment Industry

A Spot in the Shade
Sheltering Structures for the Traveling Entertainment Industry

January 5, 2012 No Comments

Rain and wind are not the only weather elements that can dampen attendance at a state fair.  Sun and heat can also prompt fair guests to cut their visits short.  In recent years, state fairs have looked to both natural and temporary shading structures to shield their visitors from the elements making it more probable […]

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Campground Trends: A Walk in the Park How State Parks Keep Campers Active and Entertained

November 2, 2011 No Comments

For those who enjoy the outdoors and long for a fantastic camping adventure, State Parks are often the destination of choice.  With the wide variety of available activities, such as hiking, fishing and nature programs, these scenic parks attract both families and individuals who wish to take in the spectacular views and relax amidst nature. […]

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A Walk in the Park:
How State Parks Keep Campers Active and Entertained

November 2, 2011 No Comments

For those who enjoy the outdoors and long for a fantastic camping adventure, State Parks are often the destination of choice.  With the wide variety of available activities, such as hiking, fishing and nature programs, these scenic parks attract both families and individuals who wish to take in the spectacular views and relax amidst nature. […]

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A Games and Food Prototype: <br />New Florida Johnny Rockets Blasts Off Toward Fun

A Games and Food Prototype:
New Florida Johnny Rockets Blasts Off Toward Fun

November 2, 2011 No Comments

Times and tastes change and smart businesses adapt to those shifts.  Today’s consumers are increasingly looking for multiple experiences.  Consistent with that trend, Johnny Rockets franchise owners Kyle and Ken Eldridge have teamed up with a leading game room provider to offer not only great food, but a fun-filled arcade featuring over 180 games as […]

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Making a Big Splash<br />Waterparks Strive to Thrill Guests with the Right Rides

Making a Big Splash
Waterparks Strive to Thrill Guests with the Right Rides

September 1, 2011 No Comments

The weather was record-breakingly hot last summer in parts of the country, and waterparks provided cool liquid thrills. And, as patrons sought bigger and better thrills, waterparks responded with innovation.  SplashTacular, for example, a La Quinta, Calif.,-based company that provides the industry with waterpark attractions, recently installed its first pulse pounding 360Rush ride.  The revolutionary […]

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From the Waterpark Front Lines: Water Quality Tips

September 1, 2011 No Comments

As General Manager of Roaring Springs Waterpark in Meridian, Idaho, Frank Morandi oversees three pools plus other attractions in the park.  His top tip for ensuring safe and clean water is to look at each pool differently. “Each pool has its own needs and maintenance requirements,” he said. “Here, the water comes from different wells, […]

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Maintaining an Ocean of Fun: <br />Best Water Quality Practices at Waterparks

Maintaining an Ocean of Fun:
Best Water Quality Practices at Waterparks

September 1, 2011 No Comments

Waterparks provide a fun haven during the sizzling days of summer, and while guests are frolicking in the cool water, managers and maintenance specialists are making sure the water and park remain clean and safe. At Roaring Springs Waterpark in Meridian, Idaho, General Manager Frank Morandi and his certified pool experts monitor the 10-acre park, […]

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Balancing Act: Achieving Harmony Between Nature and Science at Zoos and Aquariums

Balancing Act: Achieving Harmony Between Nature and Science at Zoos and Aquariums

August 1, 2011 No Comments

In the last decade, technology has changed the way zoos and aquariums interact with guests.  Technology is no longer just about enhancing a guest’s experience during a visit but enhancing that experience before and after a visit as well. As Vice-President for Planning and Capital Projects at the Denver Zoo, George Pond oversees the technology […]

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