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Park News


$1.6bn of deals done at DEAL


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EAL organiser International Expo Consults said exhibitors at this year’s Dubai Entertainment and Amusement Leisure (DEAL) show have signed contracts worth over $1.66 billion dollars.


The show grew by 30 per cent last year according to IEC and attracted new


exhibitors from countries such as Canada, Taiwan, Denmark, Australia, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, New Zealand, Turkey, Slovenia, Chech Republic, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Kuwait, Italy, Poland and Spain. New names like Brogent Technologies, Laservision Mega Media, JB Inflatables, Wibit Sports Gmbh, Delta Strike International, Ropes Courses, Inc., and Zero Latency made their debut at DEAL 2017. “We are extremely delighted that the majority of our exhibitors have signed


significant contracts during the show. Many meetings and business contacts have been created and developed as exhibitors reached out to several visitors and trade partners at the show. There has been a renewed zest in the industry and we are sure that the region will be witnessing state-of-the-art Family Entertainment Centres (FEC) due to the ingenious products that were showcased at DEAL. Themeparks in this region have also


David Lloyd launching adventure parks


Former health centre owner, David Lloyd, is planning to open a new chain of family entertainment parks.


No longer associated with the well-known


chain of gyms that bears his name, Lloyd’s David Lloyd Adventure Parks is working with property investment specialist Holmes Investment Properties to launch the new venture, which will open next year.


HIP, which is listed on the Berlin bourse, has


secured a £42m development loan that will act as a war chest with which to acquire and construct the sites, which will then be leased to David Lloyd’s Adventure Parks. Chief executive of Holmes Investment, Martin Helme said: “We believe that David Lloyd is the most successful sports venue entrepreneur in Europe, and he is now concentrating on building a unique, exciting business that people will flock to.“Holmes Investment Properties, our property division, are experts in funding and development, so it makes sense for Lloyd to leave this part of the process to us.” Holmes is also raising initial equity of up to


£6m through a private placement. Lloyd plans to roll out three or four sites in


quick succession, and hopes to have 12 open by 2021. Each park will have 22 activities ranging from indoor soft play, trampolining, climbing walls, and a 6m-high zip wire that can travel up to 50kph. Entry to the park will be free but visitors will pay for access to activities via smart watches, which also act as a security measure barring entry into an activity for someone who is too young for it.


been growing on an upward spiral with innovate concepts showcased at this show to attract footfalls from residents and tourists alike,” said Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, chairman of IEC. “Consumer preferences are gliding towards adrenalin-pumping rides, interactive


games, virtual reality games, redemption games and high-tech video games among others,” added Sharif Rahman, CEO of IEC. “Year 2017 looks promising for our industry as most amusement operations have registered a growth in revenue and footfall year on year. We are confident that the amusement industry in the region is heading in the right direction. Theme parks generate huge revenues and so do Family Entertainment Centre’s (FEC) which are key service anchors that support the many retail developments within the Middle East. It helps such developments to attract and register family footfall.” Next year’s DEAL is scheduled for 8th - 10th April 2018 at the World Trade Centre,


Dubai. RES rolling out Roller Ball


Ride Engineers Switzerland (RES), is launching a new compact family coaster called the Roller Ball. The Roller Ball gondola carries up to four passengers


and is lifted up to 19 metres (62 feet), where the gravity run starts. The gondolas travel over 99 metres (325 feet) of track at an average speed of 11 kph (7 mph). They are smoothly decelerated before entering the curve. In the curve, the gondola accelerates nearly free fall down and drives in the other direction. While the gondola is accelerated and decelerated the seats swing freely side to side. Roller Ball stands 21 metres (69 feet) tall and occupies


ground space of only 23 by 8 metres (75 by 26 feet). The whole column and track construction is calculated that without any additional steel construction the entire ride can be themed and covered similar to the renderings. Hourly capacity is 300.


ADG beefs up Gaylord


Aquatic Development Group (ADG) has completed a second phased expansion at the Gaylord Palms and Convention Center adding a FlowRider Double as part of a $4.2 million expansion that also includes a new slide complex. ADG was the original designer and builder of the resort’s existing recreational waterfront areas, Cyprus Springs and


South Beach. As part of a $4.2 million expansion, The Gaylord Palms also added three new waterslides by WhiteWater to the aquatic recreational area. “We’re always seeking new ways to improve our entertainment offerings for our guests” said Johann Krieger,


general manager of Gaylord Palms. “We know that in the Orlando market, visitor expectations are high and our resort intends to not simply meet those but exceed them.” The Gaylord Palms will also be hosting the


2017 FLOW Tour USA on 6th May at its resort. The event will bring both professional and amateur competitors of all ages to the resort to spend a day on the wave, fighting for prizes and advancement in the tournament.


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