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Let judging commence!


With the deadline for the 2019 Park World Excellence Awards fast approaching, organiser of Datateam Business Media is delighted to reveal a stellar line-up of judges.


stories to tell. Entries and nominations should be made via the dedicated Park World


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website (www.parkworldexcellenceawards.com) by 21 June using the same simple, online form. Subject to meeting the necessary entry criteria, they will then be put before a (new) expert panel of judges to select five finalists – and ultimately a winner – in each category. The 2019 panel includes four of last year’s judges, Marek Pisarki,


François Mayné, Marcus Gaines and Emmanuel Mongon along with three high profile individuals who are all very excited to be making their Park World Excellence Awards judging debut.


Who are they?


Aleatha Ezra Aleatha is the director of park member development for the World Waterpark Association, a position she has held since late 2005. She works closely with waterpark members, including outdoor, indoor, hotel resort and public sector park owners, developers and operators. She is also the editor of all WWA publications and oversees the Association’s marketing campaigns. “The World Waterpark Association team is honoured to serve as


part of the judging panel for this year’s Park World Excellence Awards. We look forward to having the opportunity to recognize waterparks throughout the EMEA for their commitment to excellence in safety, design and guest service,” she says.


aunched in 2018, the Park World Excellence Awards is open to operators, suppliers, manufacturers and entertainment specialists across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), with exciting


Phil Taylor Phil Taylor is the managing director of Team Leisure, a specialist leisure- consulting firm based in the United Arab Emirates. Team Leisure offers market analysis and feasibility studies, including concept idea research; project development services; and operational services to the owners, developers and operators of leisure businesses worldwide. Prior to founding Team Leisure in 2007, Phil worked in


executive director positions at several companies, including Ski Dubai, the London office of Economics Research Associates (now part of AECOM), The London Eye and as the new business development director for The Tussauds Group from 1995 – 2000 (now part of Merlin Entertainment Group). The Tussauds Group’s worldwide portfolio of attractions included Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures, Port Aventura in Spain, Warwick Castle and Thorpe Park, which Phil acquired for the Group in 1998, The London Eye and Madam Tussauds. Phil is a regular speaker at industry conferences and shows, including at the Plenary Session of the IAAPA Leadership Conference hosted in Dubai in February 2019. He received a Masters degree in engineering from the


University of Surrey in the United Kingdom in 1984, is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and completed the Advanced Management Programme at Insead in Paris in 1995. Phil says: “As a global industry it’s vital that we recognise and applaud the great talent, creativity and hard work it takes to continually strive and innovate to exceed our guests' highest expectations of us."


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