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Monday December 5, 2016

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Registration Open for IAAPA Leadership Conference 2017
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AIMS extends IAAPA scholarship fund submission deadline until today, Dec. 5!
The deadline has been extended through today, Dec. 5, to submit several scholarship applications for the 2017 AIMS Safety Seminar, including the IAAPA Alan Ramsay scholarship and Mark Moore Craftsperson scholarship. Complete information on the scholarships along with application forms are available on the AIMS website at www.aimsintl.org.

Amusement and Theme Parks

Universal Studios Japan reveals "Sengoku" stage show, Cool Japan attractions
Universal Studios Japan in Osaka has unveiled a stage show set to debut Dec. 16 called "Sengoku The Real," which will feature live performers and fireworks in front of a replica of Osaka Castle and an area themed around a town in the warring states period. The show will run ahead of next year's pop culture themed Cool Japan event, which will include a "Monster Hunter" experience, a "Detective Conan" escape attraction and a 4-D movie based on "Attack on Titan," among others.
RocketNews24 (Japan)

Development in Shenzhen, China, to include theme park, animation center
Plans have been unveiled for Golden Bay International Amusement park, a 30 billion yuan development in Shenzhen, China, that will include a theme park, a water park, an animation city, hotels and other facilities. Developer Kaisa Group said the project will cover a 1.5-square-kilometer site and is expected to open in 2020.
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

Construction begins on Titanic replica at Chinese theme park
A full-size replica of the Titanic ocean liner is under construction in China's Sichuan Province, backed by energy firm Seven Star Energy Investment Group. The ship will be permanently docked and will feature some of the original ship's amenities such as first-class cabins and a theater, in addition to modern offerings such as Wi-Fi.
The Taipei Times (Taiwan)/Agence France-Presse

Merlin reports positive results during Halloween season
Merlin Entertainments said favorable weather contributed to strong business at its resorts and theme parks division during the Halloween period. The company -- which is in line with market expectations -- reported growth in its Legoland Parks business but indicated softness in its Florida operations owing to difficult market conditions. Reuters

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Water Parks

Details of planned indoor water park in Sweden released
Project developers have released plans for an indoor water park planned to open in Sweden in 2021. The park, which will be open all year, is being developed by the Liseberg amusement park in Gothenberg, Sweden. The company will invest 1.9 billion kronor in the water park project. The park is expected to have eight pools, 10 water slides, two playgrounds, and a restaurant. The total daily capacity of the park is expected to be 2,800 people. The project will also include a 453-room hotel. Liseberg representatives have submitted the project plans for local lawmakers' review.
Parque Plaza (Spain) (Spanish-language content)

New water slide, aerial park coming to Deep River Water Park in Indiana
Two new attractions are set to open in summer next year at Deep River Water Park in Indiana. The first, called the Deep River Aerial Adventure Park, is a treetop course that will feature up to 10 ziplines, an obstacle course and a kids' area. The other will be a 40-foot-tall water slide called "Kraken," which will have six lanes for mat racing.
The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster)

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Family Entertainment Centers

Laser tag arena to open in Clovis, California
The No Surrender Laser Tag family entertainment center is set to open in Clovis, California, in spring, leaving its current site in Fresno. Covering 34,000 square feet, the new space will feature a two-level laser tag arena, an arcade, a jungle gym, a virtual reality space, a dining venue and party rooms. 
The Fresno Bee (Calif.) (free registration)

Indoor amusement center could rise in Fort St. John, Canada
An unnamed company is reportedly exploring the possibility of opening an indoor family entertainment center in Fort St. John, Canada. The company has approached the developer of the Gateway Plaza development with the idea, with plans that include a go-kart track, a mini-golf course, an indoor play space and an arcade.
Alaska Highway News (Canada)

Escape Plan Limited plans location in London, England
Escape-room operator Escape Plan Limited plans to open a World War II-themed facility in Camden Town in London, England, on the site of a former pub. The attraction will feature two rooms -- one themed around a prisoner-of-war camp and the other designed as the recreation of an RAF bunker. Camden New Journal (London)

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Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

Aquarium to rise in Taoyuan, Taiwan
Cathay Financial Holdings is set to begin construction next year on an aquarium facility in Taoyuan, Taiwan, as part of the Taoyuan Aerotropolis urban project. The aquarium is expected to open in 2020 and will be run by Yokohama Hakkeijima Inc. 
The Japan Times

Portugal's Jardim Zoológico de Lisboa launches business ticket program
The Jardim Zoológico de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal, has launched a business ticket program. Businesses will have the opportunity to invite their employees to visit the zoo, while supporting the facility's conservation efforts. Companies will be able to support conservation efforts for bottlenose dolphins, Persian leopards, and west lowland gorillas. The packages offer supporting companies discounted zoo admissions that would be valid for one year. The number of available tickets and discounts will vary by the animals the businesses elect to support.
Marketeer (Portugal) (Portuguese-language content)

Animal welfare lawyers inspect Brazil's Zoológico do Rio
Members of the Protection Commission and Defense of Animals of the Rio Bar Association, based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, conducted an inspection of the local zoo, seeking more information about how animals are living at the facility and how they are cared for. The inspectors reported being pleased by the current state of the zoo, saying previous complaints that animals were living in too-small spaces had been rectified. In October 2016, a judge launched an injunction against the Zoológico do Rio prior to the local Falls Group taking over management of the facility and the zoo was closed to the public. After the positive reviews by the inspectors, the Falls Group has been approved to return to managing the property. A reopening date has not yet been set.
O Globo (Brazil) (Portuguese-language content)/O Globo (Brazil)

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Related Industry News

United Arab Emirates theme parks to welcome 19 million guests by 2020
Broker Colliers International predicts that the number of theme park visitors in the United Arab Emirates will reach 19 million by 2020 as advertising for new parks reaches international tourists. At present, an economic slowdown is impeding growth in the industry, with tourist numbers at the emirates' nine existing parks expected to reach 3.7 million, about the same as last year. 
The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

Wave Park Group project in Australia takes a step forward
A planned $25 million wave park in Perth, Australia will be presented to the public for feedback after a vote by City of Melville council members. The proposal by Wave Park Group calls for a 2.4-hectare pool that could generate waves as high as 1.7 meters.
WA Today (Australia)

New attractions coming to Mount Coot-tha, Australia
A groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of work on a $15 million expansion and upgrade around the Brisbane Botanic Gardens in Mount Coot-tha, Australia. The upgrade includes a new visitor center, a zipline, walking trails and improved waterfall areas, with construction is expected to be finished by 2020.
The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Australia)

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