A Time for Change and Success in a New Year – January 2019

Scott C. Borowsky

Each year brings fresh opportunities to find new ways to grow your business and differentiate it from the competition. There is also much to be learned from organizations similar to yours across the country, and reading TAP is a perfect way to find ideas you or your staff may not yet have thought of or discussed.

This first issue of 2019 is full of interesting articles covering a variety of topics and industry trends.

For example, in the area of trends, The Large Park Report’s Contributing Writer Chad Emerson discusses 2019 festivals at large parks, which can be important add-on attractions. And our annual Carnival Report illuminates trends at fairs, festivals and carnivals. The Buzz Boyz feature discusses the current industry climate in each issue, and for this edition looks at the fourth quarter of 2018 and the outlook for 2019. Our contributing writers also looked at trends in trampoline parks and at museums that promote the popular STEM education concept.

TAP is always seeking new operational topics to cover in an effort to keep you in touch with the latest thinking in the industry. These ideas come from real experts, your colleagues working in businesses similar to yours who are also learning from their experiences, and from their customers.
To illustrate this concept, in the recurring Waves section, we offer an article on how to keep air and water quality safe at indoor waterparks, and also how all types of waterparks address a slew of safety issues, including how to prevent rough landings for patrons at the end of water rides.
Securing the right insurance is of critical importance for all types of entertainment facilities. This issue we explore insurance at bowling centers in the Entertainment Center Report, and in a Special Insurance Feature, we offer stories on insurance considerations for inflatable rental companies and perspectives on preventing claims and the role agents play in a discussion with three prominent industry insurance officials.

The book also contains stories covering unique events at roller skating rinks, replacing laser tag equipment, training mini-golf and go-kart staff members, how arcades stay interesting and fun, virtual reality at Dave & Buster’s and other topics. We additionally offer bonus pre-event coverage of the March F2FEC event, location profile stories, industry and product news and more.

I hope you enjoy the issue. Please email editortapmag@kanec.com or call 610-645-6940 ext. 0 and I will respond to your note or call personally.

Scott C. Borowsky
President and Executive Editor
Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine

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