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PW-MAR20-10-News.qxp_News 30/03/2020 17:14 Page 10


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IAAPA Expo Asia 2021 S


Shangai Haichang Ocean Park re-opens


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moves to Shanghai, China AUGUST 10-13 and attendees to participate.”


ignalling the start of a measured return to business as usual, Legacy Entertainment has announced that Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park began resuming limited operations on 20March, after a short-term closure. The park


2021will take place in Shanghai, China at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) August 10-13, 2021. Originally planned to occur in Macao, China in June, the relocation and date change are in response to the continued impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and growing optimism for increased recovery as the year progresses.


had ceased operations on January 24 as a preventative safety measure in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This phased roll-out will feature a number of new safety precautions, including limited capacities in both indoor and outdoor areas and temperaturechecks, as well as a suspension of cash transactions. “These last two months have been among the most challenging our industry has ever


IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, has announced IAAPA Expo Asia


encountered,” said Barry Kemper, Legacy’s chief operating officer. “We deeply admire the leadership shown by our Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park partners and clients in the face of this great adversity. Their thoughtful and carefully considered actions are setting a model for the rest of the world to follow.We are confident that other theme park and themed entertainment owners and operators will soon be looking to Haichang and others as they cautiously take the first steps back towards normality.” The positive news about the re-opening of the Haichang Ocean Park follows the


“IAAPA’s role has always been to help members meet, do business, and learn from each other. It is more important than ever we provide such opportunities in a safe manner, at the right time, in the right location. After careful review and with significant input from our team, members, exhibitors, and the IAAPA Board of Directors, the


recent announcement that Legacy had been selected by Shenzhen, China-based Overseas Chinese Town Enterprises Co.(OCT), the country’s largest Theme Park owner and operator, to design its upcoming Happy Valley theme park in Zhengzhou,China. Elsewhere across Asia, Legacy is reporting several other significant project


milestones, each signalling a vote of confidence in the future of location based Entertainment across the region. Lotte’sMagic Forest theme park, currently under- construction in Busan, South Korea, recently affirmed its commitment to a Summer 2021 opening, while on the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc, The Sea Shell Aquarium at the upcoming VinWonders theme park remains on-track for aSummer 2020 debut.


Technically Creative completes Athens FEC project


decision has been made to relocate IAAPA Expo Asia 2021 to Shanghai, China,” shared Hal McEvoy, President and CEO, IAAPA. “Given the continued uncertainties impacting travel – international and domestic – we believe the relocation and event date change will provide more opportunity for exhibitors


Technically Creative, a York (UK) based integrated technology contractor that specialises in creating fully immersive interactive spaces, has just completed a family entertainment project over in Athens. The Xplore FEC just outside of the capital, completed the second phase of installation at the end of February, with the Technically Creative project spanning 5 months from September of last year. The family entertainment centre is


Plans are underway to ensure a smooth transition to the SNIEC. This year’s Expo will begin with a full conference day on Tuesday, 10 August, followed by three days of programming featuring a dynamic tradeshow floor, additional education programmes, exclusive special events and more from 11-13 August.


“The health and safety of our members and our team remains our top priority,” McEvoy continued. “While it is hard to believe we are still working through effects of the global pandemic, we are enouraged by news that the initial vaccines are being administered in locations around the world. We know it’s going to take time and the phases of recovery will vary by region, but we are optimistic about the outlook for our industry. During IAAPA Expo Asia we will follow safety guidelines and operational procedures recommended by global and health authorities, and event industry experts. We look forward to returning to Shanghai for IAAPA Expo Asia, and once again bringing the global


live rendering software builds the virtual village in real time. In addition to the interactive exhibits


split into three sections, the “Exploratorium”, “Adventureland” and the “Aquarium”, all of which are majorly influenced by the creative flair of the Technically Creative Team. Thanks to Technically Creative, children and parents alike have the opportunity to play a Laser Harp, or a Giant Piano. They can design and service a car or race each other in the racing simulator. You can even feed virtual fish. There will also be a totally new


product debuting from Technically Creative at Athens FEC, Virtual Village. The product design and programming for this exhibit has taken the team nearly 6 months of preparation, but the effort will be more than worthwhile, and once installed visitors will use various transport types, such as boats planes, trains and automobiles, as physical hands on models to place on the sensing internal projection table. The sensing system knows where and what transport type has been placed down on the table, and through the use of


Guests can now learn how to fly and climb at CLYMB Abu Dhabi with all-new dedicated courses. The indoor adventure hub is offering guests the chance to take up indoor skydiving and climbing with the Junior Flying Club pass for kids and the challenging Bouldering and Auto-belaying courses suitable for all – even those without any prior experience.


Kids can join the Junior Flying Club and master the skills of indoor


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CLYMB Abu Dhabi introduces new skydiving and climbing courses


for children, Technically Creative has also provided the centre with all of its lighting, show control, electrical control system, audio and PA systems throughout. By choosing Technically Creative, which operates with a one stop shop business model, Athens FEC has guaranteed that the production of their new centre hasn’t been watered down by subcontractors. Instead, the FECs initial vision for the project has been enhanced, and this will be beneficial to the visitors, who get to experience over 14 new interactives thanks to Technically Creatives vision and hard work. Managing director Marc Broadbent


skydiving inside the World’s Largest Indoor Skydiving Flight Chamber every Tuesday at 6:00PMand on Saturday at 1:30PM.


Aspiring climbers aged 14 and above can embark on their climbing journey by signing up for the hands-on Bouldering and Auto-belaying group courses every Thursday from 4:00PM until 8:30PM, Friday from 1:00PM until 5:30PM and Saturday from 1:00PM until 5:30PM.


said: “From inception, through design and with great input from the client team I’m very proud for the company and my team to have played a major part in delivering this magnificent project. I’m sure you will agree that the Xplore Athens attraction stands out and proud as the only major go to Greek attraction for children of all ages in both play and learning.”


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