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PW MAY19 10 News.qxp_PW_Nov14_p08_09 24/05/2019 15:29 Page 10


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Andersen leaves Liseberg to join Tivoli Gardens


2011. During his time, the park has undergone major changes, “both physically and organisationally” said a spokesperson. Attractions like Helix and Valkyria have been built, the children’s area Rabbit Land has opened and the company’s largest expansion ever, Liseberg’s on-site hotel and indoor water park, is in the starting blocks. Andreas said: “I am very proud of the Liseberg that I have been involved in


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managing and developing. But I am most proud of my fantastic colleagues, whom I know will take Liseberg to new heights.” After completing his employment at Liseberg, Andreas will begin as executive vice


president at Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen, where he will join the executive committee. Liseberg’s board of directors will shortly start a recruitment process to find a new CEO. Christer Holmgren, chairman of the board, Liseberg says that he has good hopes to


find a replacement for Andersen, but that it will take time. “Andreas has done a fantastic job as CEO of Liseberg and he leaves a very well-run company. It is important for us to find the right person who can continue to lead Liseberg into the future” he said.


ndreas Veilstrup Andersen, who succeeded Mats Wedin in the post, has been CEO of Liseberg since February


Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi’s general manager Don Strickler, collecting the award for the ‘Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ on behalf of the park.


Yas Island Theme Parks win big at World Travel Awards


Yas Island’s three world-class theme parks were all named winners at this year’s World Travel Awards (WTA) Middle East gala ceremony, which took place on 25 April. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, home to the world’s fastest rollercoaster, was named the ‘Middle East’s Leading Theme Park’ for the third year running, while fan-favorite Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi was recognised as the ‘Middle East’s Leading Water Park’. Making its inaugural debut at the World Travel Awards after opening its doors to the public in July 2018, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi earned the title of the ‘Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction’, racking up more votes than its fellow nominees. Commenting on the triple bill of


accolades, Mark Gsellman, vice president of theme parks at Farah Experiences, said: “We could not be


KidZania opens facility in Doha


Interactive educational entertainment brand Kidzania, has announced the grand opening of KidZania Doha in Qatar, in the heart of Aspire Park. Doha joins KidZania as the 27th facility around the globe in 21 countries, marking 20 years of KidZania brand’.


10 The foundation ceremony of the


new KidZania City took place in the facility on 30 April with local government authorities, industry partners, representatives from the different KidZania franchises around the world, company’s collaborators and media attending. During the light-hearted ceremony,


which was entirely run by kids, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Ahmed Al Thani, chairman of Sharaka Holdings & Qatar Entertainment (Tasali), Xavier Lopez, KidZania president, Ric Fearnett,


KidZania Doha governor and Dr. Ger Graus OBE, KidZania global director of education spoke about how the KidZania concept brings learning and entertainment together to strategically teach children values through role- playing activities prepared to deliver hands-on experience which could not be easily replicated and absorbed in a traditional classroom. This concept aligns with the Qatar


National Vision 2030 to build a sustainable and harmonised society by preparing the children of tomorrow,


more thrilled to see our beloved parks win big at this year’s World Travel Awards. Voted for by members of the public, these awards are a testament to the world-class guest experience that we work tirelessly to deliver, day in and day out. Our commitment to guests is our highest priority, and it is imperative that wehold ourselves to world class


industry standards to ensure that we can deliver some of the most unique, truly immersive, and fun-filled family entertainment the region has to offer. “Our three iconic theme parks make


Yas Island an ideal destination for guests and travellers from across the globe – there’s something to satisfy all ages, tastes and interests. Every year, we proudly add to our list of achievements, channeling our success


into further developments to create unforgettable memories for our guests from across the globe.


enabling the kids in Qatar to fully embrace and learn about real working life, and how the economy works. The next day, Sheikh Abdullah Bin


Ahmed Al Thani, Ric Fearnett, and Thej Roy, mayor of KidZania Doha, joined Xavier Lopez Ancona at the ribbon cutting to officially open the doors of KidZania Doha to kids and families of Qatar. KidZania Doha is operated by Qatar


Entertainment, Tasali W.L.L a joint venture of Aspire Zone Foundation and Sharaka Holdings, a National Qatari investment.


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