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The Challenges of Developing Entertainment Projects in Africa

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Except for the recent press about the Arab Spring revolutions in North Africa, Africa basically remains under the radar. What may be surprising is that six of the fastest growing economies in the world are found in the “forgotten continent” of Africa. The six African Lion economies – Angola, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Chad, Mozambique and Rwanda […]

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Top Colors and Equipment <br /> Party Rental Trends That Are Growing Businesses

Top Colors and Equipment
Party Rental Trends That Are Growing Businesses

February 16, 2012 No Comments

From richly patterned linens, elaborately draped tents and illuminated portable dance floors to all the equipment needed to create backyard carnivals, consumers are, when it comes to parties, going “all out,” or at least, much farther out than during the depths of the economic recession. This means big business for party rental companies. At Beaumont, […]

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Fun Pro Insures the Halloween Attractions Market

Fun Pro Insures the Halloween Attractions Market

February 16, 2012 No Comments

THOMCO’s Fun Pro is expanding its “A” Rated (by A.M. Best) insurance to Halloween Attractions including, but not limited to, Haunted Houses, Dark Attractions, Corn Mazes, Forest Trails, Pumpkin Patches (including u-pick) and Christmas Tree farms. This low cost, comprehensive coverage includes General Liability limits up to $1,000,000/$2,000,000 per occurrence/aggregate and also offers coverage for […]

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Shock versus Scare <br /> Where Attractions Around the Country Fall in the Spectrum

Shock versus Scare
Where Attractions Around the Country Fall in the Spectrum

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Every autumn, when the wind whistles a chilly tune against the backdrop of a full harvest moon, haunted attractions open their doors to throngs of customers who welcome Halloween and its accompanying horror.  Wielding terror yields profit: According to the Haunted House Association, there are more than 1,200 haunted attractions in the United States that […]

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Flights of Fancy – The Creation and Maintenance of Butterfly Gardens

February 16, 2012 No Comments

Delicate and graceful are two words often used to describe butterflies. And finding a balance between maintaining attractions that spotlight these poetic, winged creatures, as well as promoting them, can be a practice in all things Mother Nature. At CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point in San Mateo, Calif., the butterfly garden may not be a major […]

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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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January 2012

January 5, 2012 No Comments

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Top Tips for Creating a Popular Haunted Room

January 5, 2012 No Comments

“Make your guests feel as if they are submerged into an entirely new world, instead of just amidst actors and a set.  It has to be the complete package.” – Scot Allan, Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse of Horrors, Bellport, N.Y. “Be original!  There are many copycat haunts out there. Do your research and be as original […]

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Rental Trends: Despite Consumers’ Cautious Spending, Companies Continue to Invest in the Future

Rental Trends: Despite Consumers’ Cautious Spending, Companies Continue to Invest in the Future

January 5, 2012 No Comments

When it comes to special gatherings, families, schools, corporations, and other organizations consistently want to create the perfect celebration, party or event.  But for those in the industry, meeting that demand can be a complicated business. After all, it can be challenging, from changing economic conditions and the need for new product awareness to addressing […]

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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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Amusement ride manufacturer, new and used rides.

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Premier designers of stainless steel food service equipment.

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Northeast Insurance (NIC)

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Designers of unique themed parks, attractions and environments for the entertainment business.

Mahoning Valley Mfg.

A complete line of Imperial strollers, wagons and safari utility vehicles.

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Kay Park Recreations Corp.

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Perfect Fry

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Comstock - Castle Stove

Commercial cooking equipment.

Fast Corp Vending

Frozen food vending machines

Belson Manufacturing Co.

Park and recreation outdoor furniture and equipment.

Martin Professionals

A lighting supplier of choice for the entertainment industry.

Knight Equipment

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