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Figures of Fun 2


million visitors have visted Parc Astèrix so far in 2018, a record number for the French amusement park, and the 2018 season is not yet complete! Parc Astèrix has already welcomed a record number of visitors. The 2 millionth visitors were greeted with VIP welcome earlier this year. In 2019, the park will celebrate its 30th anniversary.


10


years ago, Merlin’s Magic Wand, the charity that helps poorly children enjoy magical days out at Merlin attractions, was launched. To date, it has given out 500,000 tickets so families can have magical memories. The lucky family to receive that 500,000th ticket were the Cushings from Northamptonshire who enjoyed a VIP visit to Alton Towers earlier in the Summer.


2,000


people have signed the manifesto in favour of opening a Puy du Fou park in Toledo, Spain. drafted by leading Toledo businessmen. Promoters of the manifesto consider the project "very beneficial" for the city.


180,000


pumpkins in all shapes and colours will decorate Europa-Park for the Halloween period. They join 15,000 chrysanthemums, 6,000 corn plants and 3,000 straw bales to give the European theme park a spooky, autumnal look.


20,000,000


euros have been invested in Italian theme park Gardaland’s third accommodation facility, which is due to be inaugurated on 31 May 2019, CEO Aldo Maria Vigevani has announced. The Gardaland Magic Hotel will feature 128 themed rooms and share the Blue Lagoon aquatic area with two other hotels.


BigQuestion


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What is the biggest challenge you face as a family run business?


Paul Nelson, Waldameer & Water World: After running a business for a lifetime, stepping aside is not easy. Stepping aside doesn’t mean giving up total control, and in reality I don’t want to. There is a bigger gap between generations today than there was when I was a child, when the whole family did things together and talked. We don’t discuss things enough that we should. I’m guilty of that, too.


Helen Pawley, Drayton Manor: I think the biggest challenge in a family business is trying not to take work home and discuss work at family events, this is nearly entirely impossible. For success you must achieve a healthy work/home-life balance and in the workplace be happy to discuss anything openly, transparency with everything is key.


Linda Hays, Cliff’s Amusement Park: Our biggest challenge is growth and expansion.


Kernels


Arrow dynamics manager Carolyn Weaver has retired from S&S Worldwide, and Krissy Smith has become parts sales coordinator for the Arrow Division, responsible for all existing Arrow customers.


Holovis joins the Royal Liver Building project in Liverpool, UK to help develop a new visitor attraction and projection mapped show celebrating the city’s rich history.


£100m has been invested in the upcoming ‘Whey Aye’ giant observation wheel in Newcastle, UK, constructed by World Wheel Company.


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