Operating a business with goals can set a company on a path that may still be challenging, but will surely be rewarding once even the smallest accomplishment is realized. In each issue of Tourist Attractions & Parks (TAP), we offer advice and trends coverage that can help the very specialized segments of the broad amusement location universe to operate more successfully. By exploring general categories such as maintenance, food service, new attractions and games and other core business pieces with your industry colleagues, it is my hope to help clarify your specific goals.
This issue is distributed at the 2015 IAAPA Attractions Expo, and we offer several bonus features covering the amusement park industry as well as a booth number list for November TAP advertisers that will be exhibiting at the event. In The Large Park Report, we look at the fictional character franchises at Disney and Universal and the importance of emphasizing park safety. We also offer a vendor profile of a leading animatronics company. There is additionally a Special Amusement Park Report in the recurring Food Service Spotlight section. This feature includes articles on amusement park food trends and even a bonus sidebar offering tips for the best French fries.
In each issue, TAP offers extensive coverage of the important entertainment center industry. In this edition, we cover: a renovation project in Burlington, Canada; scheduling more parties at bowling centers; miniature golf, go-kart and trampoline park safety practices; the international projects of a major mini golf company; best maintenance practices at roller skating centers; laser tag equipment upkeep and replacement; and carpeting renovation projects at three locations.
We also cover new waterpark attractions in the Waves section, bulk vending prizes, top-earning machines and trends in sit-down arcade games in Street Beat, increasing profits with retail and food at museums, tips for best paint, trash receptacle, seating and maintenance practices at zoos and aquariums, advice for safe operations from amusement rental and inflatables companies and outdoor scares at haunted attractions.
I hope you enjoy the issue and that you will stop by our Booth 2602 at IAAPA to say “Hello.” Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments, suggestions, questions and story ideas, and I will respond to your note personally.
Scott C. Borowsky
President and Executive Editor
Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine