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PW MAY19 06 News.qxp_PW_Nov14_p08_09 24/05/2019 15:28 Page 6


Park News


Bumper Easter for UK visitor attractions


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ignificant investment, a rise in staycations and the continued growth in inbound tourism are providing a major boost for


UK attractions according to the leisure industry’s leading trade association. BALPPA, The British Association of Leisure Parks,


Piers and Attractions, reported its members enjoyed a record-breaking Easter Bank Holiday weekend, with good weather significantly increasing footfallat outdoor attractions.


VisitEngland’s ‘Trip Tracker’ survey released in April


also revealed 7.4 million Brits were definitely planning an overnight Easter holiday trip in the UK over the weekend; resulting in an estimated £1.8 billion boost to the economy. The latest figures are the highest since the survey


began in 2013. Last year, 4.8 million Brits planned to take an overnight holiday trip during Easter, in 2017 the


figure was 6.6 million, in 2016 it was 6.1 million and in 2015 it was 4.6 million. Paul Kelly, chief executive of BALPPA, said: “Major


investment across the industry means there’s lots of great attractions on offer throughout the UK and the good weather meant more people were looking to enjoy some quality days out. “Shared experiences with friends and family are becoming ever more important in today’s busy world. A


visit to a UK attraction not only creates the opportunity to spend time together, but represents great value for money compared to many other activities,” he added. Brighton Pier reported a great start to the season with


more than 162,000 visitors over the weekend, Paultons Park in Hampshire enjoyed one of its busiest ever Easter


Triotech opens at Tokyo Dome


Triotech has opened two XD Dark Ride interactive theatres at Tokyo Dome City Attractions in Japan. Located side by side, the two XD Dark Ride interactive theatres have been themed in blue and yellow and each offers a distinct selection of Triotech exclusive movies titles. The attraction named “Gan Gun Battlers” has welcomed on average over 1, 200 visitors per day since its opening on March 23. “Japan hasalways been a leader in media-


based gaming and we are very proud that Tokyo Dome City choose Triotech’s attractions,” said Ernest Yale, president and CEO of Triotech. “I


had the pleasure to visit the park a few days ago and it’s amazing! People are having a blast, it is always fun to see people having the same big smile when they experience our attractions.” The Tokyo Dome City is located in Bunkyo,


Tokyo and welcomes 35 million of visitors annually. Offering free access, visitors pay per ride to enjoy the attractions. The interactive theatres from Triotech are located within the amusement park Tokyo Dome City Attractions. Tourism is worth £127 billion annually to the


UK economy, creating jobs and boosting economic growth across its nations and region.


New WhiteWater rides opening in North America Villages Valcartier, Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, Quebec, is


WhiteWater West Industries has supplied a variety of new water attractions opening in North America this season. Vidanta, Riviera Maya, Mexico, will be home to a RainFortress 3, Kids’ Mini Body Slide, Freefall Slide, and AquaSpray. Trinidad Waterpark, Chaguaramas, Trinidad and


Tobago, will feature a Constrictor, Boomerango, Rattler, Space Bowl, and a 6-Lane Mat Racer.


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in the process of adding two AquaLaunch slides to its outdoor park, which are scheduled to be opened this month or next. Whirlin’ Waters, South Carolina, will include a 3-Person


AquaSphere + Tailspin + Rattler Fusion, which will be the very first Tailspin in the world. The park will also be home to a 3-Person Boomerango, a 1-2 Person SuperBowl 30, and a 1-2 Person Constrictor.


Bank Holiday weekends and Longleat in Wiltshire also experienced huge crowds in the sunshine. A spokesperson for Blackpool Pleasure Beach said:


“Easter was very good and we welcomed many guests who took full advantage of the fantastic weather plus our Late Night Riding and Fireworks event on Easter Saturday.” Over the past year the industry has seen the launch of ground-breaking rides, new entertainment activities and new accommodation offerings in many of


the UK’s leading theme parks. BALPPA Chairman, Richard Mancey, said: “The early


signs for the season are definitely extremely positive and we’re looking on building on the success of Easter throughout the year. The visitor attraction industry has never been more diverse and dynamic. Visitors of all ages and interests can look forward to enjoying world- class experiences here in the UK.” Founded in 1936,BALPPA is the non profit-making


Trade Association representing the interests of owners, managers, suppliers and developers in the UK’s commercial leisure parks, piers, zoos, family entertainment centres (indoor play and soft play centres) and static visitor attractions sector.


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