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Colombia, Brazil, Panama and Mexico. In December we’ll be doing a project in the Dominican Republic.”


CLOWARD H2O “Around 70% of out business is international but we are venturing into the Latin American market,” reveals the North American waterpark and water treatment specialist’s Robert Sumsion. “Currently we have products in Mexico and Brazil, and have had proposals from Brazil and Costa Rica. Disadvantages of working in this region are the governments and their policies.”


FIBRART


Another Mexican waterpark supplier, Fibrart is active in both Latin America and North America. Hot spots include Venezuela, México, Chile and Colombia. It is currently working on a project in Costa Rica, turning an old 10-acre old camping grounds into a waterpark for kids called Villa Fantasia. Located in a small town called Oritina, 25 minutes from San Jose, it will include such attractions as speed slides, enclosed water slides, racers slides and a body ball.


FABBRI GROUP “Latin America is important to us but not as important as other markets,” says the Italian ride manufacturer’s Jean-Charles Manca. “Asia and South America are the most important areas of the world right now,” adds his colleague Edward Cromheecke. Who to believe? Well, Cromheecke looks after Asia, whereas Manca actually represents the Latin American market, so maybe we should listen to him. “There is certainly potential growth,” he says. “The opportunities are that there is fresh money, new parks and people that are interested in the rides we provide. The disadvantages to working in this region are the payment conditions and below par instalment programmes. The top three places are probably Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela.”


FALGAS


“There is room for growth,” says Luis Jerez Serra, area manager for the Spanish kiddie ride manufacturer. “Right now Latin America is of 10% importance. We deal mostly with FECs in the region but have also supplied an amusement park in Ecuador. Currently we have projects in Colombia, Chile and Peru. Other hot spots include Mexico and Panama.”


SACOA Latin America is the second best international market for Argentina’s well-known amusement debit card company. “Currently we have projects underway in Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Mexico, Honduras, Panama and Argentina,” reports director Sebastian Mochkovsky. “We face no challenges in this region, only opportunities for more growth.”


RDC BUMPER CARS


“Every market is important to us,” is Tami Dean’s shrewd and diplomatic offering, “but we are experiencing continuing growth in Latin America, including El Salvador, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador and Brazil, where we did a nice project for Parque da Mônica in São Paulo. We experience no


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challenges in this market that there aren’t in any other market.”


VEKOMA “Latin America is perhaps the smallest market right now for Vekoma,” says the Dutch coaster company’s Benjamin Bloemendaal. “We only do occasional business there, however it is up and coming. One of our most notable rides in an indoor coaster, Voltron in Guatemala City, which was tailor-made fit to a shopping mall and runs across several levels of the building. We primarily have coasters in countries like Mexico and Brazil, generally standard versions of some of our older designs like the Corkscrew, Boomerang and Suspended Looping Coaster. A good share of these installations are relocated/second-hand rides sold by parks in their former regions. We recently relocated a Giant Inverted Boomerang from the USA to Brazil, for example. We will continue to target the market with family-oriented attractions and other lower budget products. Our sister company Dutch Wheels so far has sold just one ride in the area, an older R60 model (60m) Ferris Wheel that has operated at several locations throughout Mexico, but does has several future projects coming up in various countries.”


diplomática de Tami Dean, "pero estamos experimentando un crecimiento continuo en América Latina, incluyendo El Salvador, Venezuela, México, Argentina, Ecuador y Brasil, donde hicimos un buen proyecto para el Parque da Mônica en São Paulo. No experimentamos los desafíos en este mercado que no se encuentran en algún otro mercado del mundo.”


Vekoma "América Latina es quizás el mercado más pequeño en este momento para Vekoma", dice la compañía de montañas rusas holandesa, Benjamin Bloemendaal. "Sólo hacemos negocios ocasionales allá, sin embargo, es un mercado en ascendente. Una de nuestras atracciones más notables es una montaña rusa bajo cubierta, Voltron, en la Ciudad de Guatemala, que fue hecha a la medida para un centro comercial y que atraviesa varios niveles del edificio comercial. Principalmente tenemos montañas rusas en países como México y Brasil, generalmente en versiones estándar de algunos de nuestros diseños más antiguos, como el Corkscrew, el Boomerang, y la montaña rusa con giros en suspensión (Suspended Looping Coaster). Una buena parte de estas instalaciones son atracciones reubicadas o de segunda mano, vendidos por parques de otras regiones. Recientemente trasladamos un gigante Inverted Boomerang de los EE.UU. a Brasil, por ejemplo. Vamos a seguir apuntando a este mercado con atracciones para toda la familia y otros productos de menor presupuesto. Nuestra empresa hermana Dutch Wheels hasta ahora tiene sólo una atracción en la región, un viejo modelo de la Rueda de Chicago R60 (60m) que ha operado en varios lugares en todo México; pero tiene varios proyectos futuros para desarrollarlos en varios países".


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