Achieving balance between work and personal pursuits is a topic that has been in the forefront of popular thought. Well-deserved vacations aside, making your business and home life parts of a functioning whole can be a practical solution.
Attraction owners and some managers may always need to handle certain problems after hours, so keeping a mindset that business is just part of everyday life may make sense. And taking the time during official work hours to check in with loved ones, or to handle personal matters, could make off-the-clock emergencies less taxing.
In the special section in this issue, “Entertainment Center Report ∙ Spotlight on Facility Management,” our contributing writers took the time to speak with entertainment center and laser tag owners and managers about their businesses. The section includes a story on handling work responsibilities and life at home, a bonus sidebar on requests for time off from staff members and also an article on how the economy, health care costs and tax regulations are impacting companies.
We also offer special expanded coverage in the coin-op and laser tag areas to commemorate this issue’s distribution at the coin-op and laser tag shows. In the AAMA FEC Corner, we cover coin-op games in centers that offer bowling, roller skating, laser tag, mini-golf and go-karts, and in Street Beat, we offer articles on bulk vending machine trends and coin-operated game favorites. Additionally, bonus sidebars cover candy versus toys as prizes and whether or not pool is a profit center. In the coverage of the laser tag world, there is laser tag product and industry news and an article on purchasing new equipment.
The book includes several bonus features in addition to our regular sections. We offer the annual Who’s Who Buyer’s Guide directory of vendors and a story from an interesting and informative interview I recently conducted with GameWorks’ Chairman and CEO Philip N. Kaplan. The article, which can be found on page 92, covers new developments and trends for the company.
I hope you enjoy the issue. If you have comments, suggestions, story ideas or questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-645-6940 ext. 0 and I will personally respond to your note or call.
Scott C. Borowsky
President and Executive Editor
Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine