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Premier Rides awarded largest ever service contract


remier Service, a division of Premier Rides, has received its largest ever service contract and will be producing a new fleet of trains

in addition to providing other technology upgrades for a non-Premier Rides existing attraction. The location of the project will be announced at the appropriate time by the client. The trains will incorporate advanced technology elements used on the Sky Rocket series of attractions that have been extremely popular with guests due to the ability to combine enhanced rider comfort features with high thrill elements and high speed. Additionally, the trains will incorporate some new precision- machined lightweight technologies as part of the adaptation to the existing ride’s track design. “We are honoured to be able to provide a

fantastic technical upgrade to a truly iconic roller coaster,” noted Premier Rides president Jim Seay. “Fans will be excited when the location of the effort

is announced. The Sky Rocket attractions continue to be recognised for their advanced technology and superior rider comfort, and the Premier team is certain that the addition of these newest generation of trains will take this coaster’s ride experience to the next level. There are always unique challenges in layering advanced technology equipment onto an existing attraction. All through the design and integration phases, our technical team has worked closely with the client’s talented maintenance team who are passionate about keeping their equipment operating at the highest level and raising the guest experience. This new fleet of trains will help them do just that.” The project goal is to have the trains available

for the 2021 season. The upgrade is aimed at providing a ride experience that will motivate riders to desire to ride multiple times.

Asia Amusement and Attractions Expo 2020 closes

China’s first amusement and tourism trade show since the pandemic came to a close 3-5 August at China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou. According to organisers, the 2020 Asia Amusement and Attractions Expo (AAA) brought together more than 1000 exhibitors and 21,000 buyers in the 61,000 square metre show space. With the aim of grabbing front

row opportunities as Asian countries start to reopen their economies, leading industry players secured places at AAA 2020. Exhibitors included both outdoor and indoor amusement and tourism options, including amusement rides, arcade game centres and VR/AR games, as well as vending and self-service kiosks, attraction design, waterparks equipment, inflatables and more. Notable changes in the industry since the pandemic have been an increased focus on delivering safe visiting experiences, and the development of new products during lockdown.

The importance of tourism 8

digitalisation is never been so evident as during this critical period, and the World Culture and Tourism Conference invited more than 30 trendsetters from leading trade associations, enterprise and state agencies to shed light on digitalised management and operation. “Before Covid-19, tourism

accounted for 11% of China’s GDP. Due to its excessive dependence on offline scenarios, tourism has become one of the hardest hit sectors. To help the industry build more resilience, a new educational technology platform to help foster talents in tourism digitalisation is needed,” said Mrs Chen Meiyan, vice president of Joyu Group. AAA 2021 will take place 10-12

May, 2021 at China Import and Export Fair Complex.


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