Archive for December, 2009

Madame Tussauds Bangkok
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Madame Tussauds Bangkok

The world’s most famous waxwork museum is heading for Thailand. Madame Tussauds Bangkok will open in Septmeber 2010 as part of the revamped Siam Discovery shopping mall.

Cedar Fair sold to asset management firm
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Cedar Fair sold to asset management firm

Cedar Fair, the American park chain, is to be acquired by Apollo Global Management. The transaction is valued at approximately $2.4 billion (€1.7bn), including the refinancing of the company’s outstanding debt (thought to be more than $1.6bn).

Merlin appoints new chairman
By 10/12/2009 Read More →

Merlin appoints new chairman

Europe’s number one attraction operator has a new non-executive chairman. Sir John Sunderland, former chief executive and chairman of Cadbury Schweppes and president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), replaces Peter Phillipson.

IAAPA Awards 2009
By 08/12/2009 Read More →

IAAPA Awards 2009

During IAAPA Attractions Expo this November in Las Vegas, the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions presented no fewer than 10 sets of awards. Read on for the full rundown.

16th Annual Thea Awards
By 08/12/2009 Read More →

16th Annual Thea Awards

Awarded by the TEA (Themed Entertainment Association), the prestigious Thea Awards honour excellence in the creation of visitor attractions, experiences, exhibits and places. Read on for winners of the 16th annual awards.

Barbara Knoebel, 1943-2009
By 01/12/2009 Read More →

Barbara Knoebel, 1943-2009

Barbara Ellen (Cook) Knoebel died on November 27, 2009 at the age of 66. At Knoebels Amusement Resort in Pennsylvania she was an important member of the family business.

BEC now SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
By 01/12/2009 Read More →

BEC now SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

Following the sale of Busch Entertainment Corporation (BEC) to Blackstone Capital Partners there comes a new name for the company that operates some of America’s best-known and popular theme parks.

IAAPA Attractions Expo
By 01/12/2009 Read More →

IAAPA Attractions Expo

A change of venue, from Orlando to Las Vegas, created new excitement on the floor of IAAPA Attractions Expo 2009, the 91st annual convention and trade show of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). Paul Ruben and Owen Ralph report.