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Industry Event


Deadline extended! Park World


Excellence Awards


Following a last-minute surge in enquiries, the deadline for the Park World Excellence Awards has been extended to Wednesday 14 October


“T


he Park World Excellence Awards team recognises that this year has been particularly difficult for the


industry, and as such, the time and resources for completing submissions has not been available for a number of operators and manufacturers who remain keen to get involved,” said event director Paul Ryder. Now in its third year, the prestigious awards


scheme invites entries and nominations from operators in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), together with manufacturers and suppliers with projects that went live in the EMEA region between 1 July 2019 and 31 August 2020. Operator categories include Best Large


Park, Best Regional Park, Best Water Park, Best Family Entertainment Centre (FEC) and Best Live Entertainment. Companies from outside the EMEA region


may enter the Awards, but the ride/attraction/ project put forward must be located in the EMEA region. Categories include Best Roller Coaster, Best Roller Coaster (Limited Budget), Best Ride, Best Ride (Limited Budget), Best Dark Ride or Media-Based Experience, Best FEC Project, Best Use of Theming, Best Use of Technologies, Best Supplier and Best Product Innovation. The Park World Excellence Awards will also


shine a spotlight on outstanding individuals, with two Industry Icon awards (one for an operator and one for a manufacturer/suppli- er) and the brand new ‘Unsung Hero’ award, which is for a member of staff with at least 10 years of service for a company on either the operator or supplier side.


“New for this year is the award for ‘Best of


the Best’, which you will notice is not on the online entry and nomination form,” continued


and one-of-a-kind experience to our guests.” Siam Park, meanwhile, was awarded


Waterpark of the Year. Speaking to Park World after the event, general manager, Christoph Kiessling said: “It was an abso- lute honour and also a great privilege to be recognised within the industry with such an important award.” The Mack family picked up not one, but two


Paul Ryder, “that’s because each of our judges will be asked to nominate a ride or attraction, launched at any time, that they feel stands out above all of others and between them decide on the winner.” “The 20 awards reflect perfectly the vari-


ous facets of our vibrant EMEA region,” said renowned industry journalist and Park World Excellence Awards judge, Francois Mayne, adding: “This global pandemic is certainly affecting our industry in a spectacular way, but that has not prevented a large majority of operators, manufacturers and suppliers from setting up their projects to the end.”


Previous winners rate the experience highly


In 2019 Puy du Fou was awarded Live Entertainment on the Year. Speaking at the time, CEO Guillaume Gallaire said: “It’s a great honour for Puy du Fou to be awarded for the second year in a row for best Live Entertainment production. This distinction crowns the great work performed by all our teams to deliver the best immersive, authentic


prestigious awards at the 2019 event – Large Theme Park of the Year and Water Ride of the Year. They said: “It’s great! We feel very honoured to be recognised with these two awards. Many well recognised colleagues have been in the jury which makes it very special for us. It’s great to know that industry experts reward our daily work.” Dynamic Attraction and Thinkwell also


scooped two awards – Media Based Attraction of the Year and Themed Attraction of the Year for Batman Knight Fight at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. Cindy Emerick Whitson, Dynamic Attraction’s senior vice president of business development said: “Nothing feels better than to simply be recognised by your peers for the hard work of your company’s efforts in delivering a world class attraction. We loved delivering this news internally to renew the energy in the work force. Dynamic was fortunate to partner with such a presti- gious park and creative designers to bring this incredible ride to life. We would like to humbly thank Park World for organising such an event.” Hologate was awarded FEC Feature of the


Year for Hologate Arena. Senior marketing manager, Dave Blank said: “It was a real honour for Hologate to be recognised as FEC Feature of the Year, especially considering the strong competition in the category.”


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