This exciting, expanded issue of Tourist Attractions & Parks (TAP) comes out the same month as the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 in Orlando, Fla., and includes information-packed articles containing interviews with over 75 of the most knowledgeable experts – your industry colleagues. These individuals are also leads that our advertisers can contact.
This special issue includes bigger sections covering amusement parks, entertainment centers and inflatable attractions. We examine ride safety trends, including keeping the youngest patrons safe, in the bonus Amusement Park and Entertainment Center Report. Also in the report is a story about improving the park environment that covers landscaping, benches, trash cans and paint colors. And The Large Park Report offers a glimpse into what new rides are on the horizon for 2019.
In the Entertainment Center Report, we offer a story on the renovation of Get Air Hang Time in Orem, Utah, plus coverage of bowling, roller skating, bumper cars, laser tag, trampolines, inflatables, mini-golf, go-karts and more. The section also offers special vendor spotlight and location profile articles on Bayou Magic FEC in Moss Bluff, La., and Epic Gaming Amusement Park near Niagara Falls.
In the Waves section, we offer a look at Crystal Lagoon in Wesley Chapel, Fla. It is the first location of its type in the United States and features technology from Chile-based Crystal Lagoons and a FreeStyle slide. We also profile PrimeTime Amusements in a story that discusses how the company stays competitive, and we look at third quarter trends in The Buzz Boyz.
Retaining the best staff members is a challenge for workplaces everywhere. In this issue’s Street Beat section, coin-op operators discuss how companies strive to offer the right incentives to keep employees and foster good morale. The section also offers a story that includes good ideas to stay organized and profitable. And the AAMA FEC Corner looks at ways to attract guests to arcades.
Food service is an important part of the profit picture for all types of attractions. In this issue, we look at healthier and unique dining options at museums and botanical gardens and the changing concessions industry at arenas and stadiums. Both stories also include bonus sidebars about desserts. And don’t miss the expanded Amusement Rental/Inflatable News Section, and coverage of the haunt business.
I hope you enjoy the issue. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 610-645-6940 ext. 0 with your comments, questions or suggestions and I will respond to your note or call personally and promptly.
Scott C. Borowsky
President and Executive Editor
Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine