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Ferrari Land PortAventura More details revealed

A press conference attended by Formula 1 racing driver Sebastian Vettel was held on May 7 to kick-start the €100 million Ferrari Land project at Port Aventura, Spain’s leading theme park resort which is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. Amongst other facts, it was revealed that PGAV Destinations will help design the new park, while Intamin will supply its signature launch coaster. In keeping with the rest of the offering at PortAventura, the 75,000 square-metre

new area will be heavily themed, taking Italy as its cue. Replica buildings from Maranello, the town where Ferrari has its headquarters, will be complemented by architectural references to “the great monuments representing Italian genius.” As it will sit just beyond the existing Mediterrània area of the park near the main entrance, the transition should be seamless. Inside, Ferrari Land will offer a variety of attractions and themed areas designed for families, teenagers and Ferrari fans.

These will include an Accelerator launch coaster from Intamin, which at 112m – 36m taller than the park’s existing record-breaking Shambhala coaster – will be the tallest rollercoaster in Europe. Passengers are promised all the sensations of Formula 1 race car, with acceleration of 0-180km/h in just five seconds, equivalent to 1.35G. They will be propelled vertically into a “horseshoe” element and, after cresting the peak, plummet straight down, at a maximum angle of 90°. As can be seen on the drawing here, a double tower ride is also part of the plans. More than 50 companies will be involved in the different stages of the project, which is described as the single most important since the creation of Port Aventura in 1995. The resort’s management hopes that the new park, which will be the third on site alongside the main park and Costa Caribé waterpark, will help drive annual attendance up from 4 to 5 million. The potential of the Ferrari brand is expected to attract visitors from traditional

Ferrari and PortAventura executives announce their plans

markets such as France, the United Kingdom and Russia, but also from countries areas such as Germany, the Benelux, Italy and Scandinavia, which currently visit in far fewer numbers. Positive impacts are also expected in the hotel sector, with over 1 million overnight stays per year. The world’s first Ferrari hotel will meanwhile be constructed on site at PortAventura. “We have been clear about our intention to develop a long-term plan based on

As this rendering shows, the Intamin launch coaster will dominate the new park A New England get-together

More than 120 members were in attendance at the New England Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (NEAAPA) 102nd Anniversary Annual Meeting in March – the largest turnout in a decade. Held at the Biltmore Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island, the dinner meeting featured keynote speaker Ed Hart, CEO of the revived Kentucky Kingdom, Louisville, addressing the audience on how he has been able to pump new life into three amusement parks. The President's Dinner was held at the Union Station

Brewery in Providence. The meeting schedule included a panel discussions on staff hiring, customer service and legislative issues. A crisis communications session hosted by IAAPA head of media relations Colleen Mangone capped off the day. Fifteen of NEAAPA's supplier members let their fellow

members know about the products and services they offer during a suppliers’ showcase. The three-day event (March 23 to 25) also included a tour of Rhode Island Novelty in nearby Fall River, Massachusetts, where Derek Lovato and his team provided a behind-the-scenes look at the massive facility that provides plush, prizes and souvenirs to parks around the world.

18 There were honours for several NEAAPA members, past

and present. The late Normand and Cecile Dubois, founders of Santa's Village, Jefferson, New Hampshire, were inducted into the association’s Hall of Fame. Outgoing NEAAPA president Dave Sugrue presented the President’s Award to David Oberlander, finance committee chair. Others honoured included George Zonas, ride superintendent, Quassy Amusement & Waterpark, who received the Alan E Ramsay Safety Award; Carousel Family Fun Centers, Massassachusetts, received the Paragon Award for Marketing Excellence and Dana Caggiano, Canobie Lake Park, was honoured with the Pinnacle Award for guest service. Incoming NEAAPA officers were introduced as follows:

President Ryan DeMaria, Canobie Lake Park; First vice- president Dorothy Lewis, Fun Station Entertainment Group; Second vice-president Eric Anderson, Quassy Amusement & Waterpark; Treasurer Charlene Conway, Carousel Family Fun Centers; Secretary Ed Hodgdon, Funtown Splashtown USA.

The New England Association of Amusement Parks and

Attractions is recognised as one of the oldest regional US organisations representing the industry.

world-class international brands, with the aim of boosting the number of visitors and making PortAventura the best resort destination in Europe,” highlight executive chairman Sergio Feder. Port Aventura’s development team will work alongside Ferrari and the California- based strategic planning and design firm PGAV Destinations, which last worked with the resort on its large Angkor water ride project in 2014. Construction work is expected to be complete by late 2016.

Santa’s Village founders Normand and Cecile Dubois now inducted into the NEAPPA Hall of Fame during the event

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