Biannually, since 1980, the prestigious Applause Award honours a park whose management, operations and creative accomplishments have inspired the industry with foresight, originality and sound business development.
The winner of the 2018 Applause Award is Xcaret, Mexico. “With an original and creative vision, Xcaret has created one of the most unique and authentic park destinations in the world. The park is balancing world class experiences, based on native culture and natural attractions, with sustainable operations and a strong commitment to the local community,” said Andreas Veilstrup Andersen, president and CEO, Liseberg Group and chairman of The Applause Award Board of Governors.
The Applause Award was presented today at the opening ceremony of IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 in Orlando, Florida. With the award, Xcaret joins the ranks amongst the absolute best amusement and theme parks in the world.
Previous winners of The Applause Award:
1980 Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, USA
1982 Opryland, USA
1986 Epcot Center, USA
1988 Knott´s Berry Farm, USA
1990 EuropaPark, Germany
1992 Efteling, the Netherlands
1994 Universal Studios, Florida, USA
1996 Cedar Point, USA
1998 Silver Dollar City, USA
2000 Hershey Park, USA
2002 Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, USA
2004 Holiday World & Splashing Safari, USA
2006 Universal´s Islands of Adventure, USA
2008 Xetulul, Guatemala
2010 Dollywood, USA
2012 Ocean Park, Hong Kong
2014 Puy du Fou, France
2016 Busch Gardens Tampa, USA