A new year is a fresh opportunity for growth and change in your business, and I hope you find this issue helpful in sparking ideas to improve your company and your level of customer satisfaction.
Adding new experiences and attractions are surefire ways to keep the fun flowing. In this issue’s Large Park Report, Contributing Writer Chad Emerson explores dining and alcohol options at large parks. And in the story “Flipping a Switch for Guest Satisfaction – The Lighting Picture at Bowling Centers,” our writer examines how bowling centers are improving the guest experience with lighting.
The right lighting can also improve the safety picture, and safety is a top concern in the waterpark industry. In this issue’s Waves section, we examine safety in the story “Waterpark Trends – Keeping Guests Safe and Entertained.”
The issue also contains other very special features, including stories stemming from the F2FEC Conference, including the article “Trends Report – Taking the Pulse of the Family Entertainment Center Industry.” The second installment of F2FEC will be held at Kona Kai Resort in San Diego, Calif., from February 23 to February 25, 2016. We also offer a new feature called The Buzz Boyz, which is a column on industry trends from myself and industry expert Frank Seninsky. In this issue Seninsky and I present analysis on the 2015 IAAPA Attractions Expo plus a look at trends and the outlook for 2016.
Each January we take the pulse of the fair and carnival industry ahead of the International Independent Showmen’s Association (IISF) show in Gibsonton, Fla. This year the show is scheduled for February 9-13. In a special Fairs and Carnivals section, we present stories on rides and portable games, including the bonus sidebar “Full Pass or Per-Ride Tickets – Which Are Best?”and on the latest in fun foods.
The right insurance is of critical importance for all facilities. In this issue we offer a special look at insurance at a variety of locations, including haunted houses, trampoline parks and miniature golf and go-kart centers.
We also offer stories covering tips to create the best parties at laser tag centers, roller skating management strategies for balancing location needs and crew size, tickets, tokens and swipe cards at entertainment centers, the best low-tech and high-tech museum experiences, fun food and soft serve trends at amusement parks, waterparks, zoos and aquariums and more.
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Scott C. Borowsky
President and Executive Editor
Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine