In reflecting on over a year of the pandemic’s grip, a return to more typical operations cannot occur quickly enough for guests, vendors and locations. But a move toward normalcy must occur with caution and a uniform standard for safety. Although there will certainly be permanent operational changes for companies, hopefully these will be largely subtle adjustments to which everyone involved is already accustomed. According to several stories in this edition, business owners and managers were already experiencing or expecting to see a climate where guests are eager to get out and have fun. And in the global amusement park industry, growth is expected, according to a report by Research and Markets titled “Amusement Parks Global Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Impact and Recovery to 2030.” This is great news for locations and the suppliers that serve them. By all accounts, with everyone working together to ensure a safe experience, this summer is expected to be profitable and successful.
This issue has a special focus on entertainment centers reflected in an expanded Entertainment Center Report that includes coverage of: COVID-related changes at caves, a bowling center, a go-kart track, and a roller skating center; strategies for a thriving bowling business; current trends in virtual reality; and staffing at mini-golf and go kart facilities. The magazine also features interviews with two industry executives, Sacoa’s Sebastian Mochkovsky and Tim Murphy of Boomers. Additionally, don’t miss the 2021 Entertainment Center Directory, which starts on page 57.
Food is always a profit center, and after a surge in home cooking, guests will be eager for out-of-home dining experiences. In the article “Rolling Toward Fun – Trends in Concession Foods,” food vendors expressed how they weathered the past year, and their readiness to get back to work at fairs and carnivals. And a bonus sidebar covers top concession cleaning tips.
The issue also features coin-op business stories covering trends and operational tips. And we continue our innovative coverage of the escape room industry with the article “From Game Trends to Cleaning and Customer Service Tips – There is No Escaping Success.”
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Scott C. Borowsky President and Executive Editor Tourist Attractions & Parks magazine