Regional Update: EMEA (July 2019)
Le Pal Lines Up Lively New Accommodations
Le Pal amusement park and zoo in Allier, France, continues to expand its resort accommodations. The park will open reservations for its new Le Pal Savana Reserve on October 1, 2020. Park President Arnaud Bennet calls Le Pal Savana Reserve an “exceptional, exciting, and immersive experience.”
The 15-million-euro resort development includes 60 family suites. Each suite has two bedrooms and a terrace overlooking the savanna and animals outside. For the first time in France, guests will be able to see giraffes and white rhinos living in the same space. A restaurant and bar area offering panoramic views of the wildlife will complete the exotic offering.
“More and more visitors wish to stay longer than one day to visit the park,” says Bennet. He adds the new accommodations should help the French safari park attract visitors from farther away, like Switzerland.
Le Pal is already known for its African-inspired safari lodge accommodations, which first opened in 2013. The 31 lodges recreate a game reserve experience in South Africa and are fully booked every season. Like Les Lodges du Pal, the forthcoming Le Pal Savana Reserve is designed to be a “unique and authentic experience” rather than a traditional park hotel, according to Bennet. Guests staying at both facilities will have private access to the park.
London’s Science Museum Shares ‘Top Secret’ Exhibit
The Science Museum in London reveals its new “Top Secret” exhibition this month. “Top Secret” is the result of a unique collaboration between the museum and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)—the United Kingdom’s intelligence, security, and cyber agency—which celebrates its centenary in 2019.
“This exhibition tells the incredibly important story of the hidden work that goes into keeping us safe every day. I’m thrilled that our expert advisers, GCHQ, have entrusted us with some of their most important objects, many of which are going on public display for the first time,” says Sir Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum Group.
“Top Secret” tells the story of Alan Turing and the Bletchley Park team that broke the Enigma code. It highlights spying techniques developed during the Cold War and investigates the technologies that have uncovered and protected secrets for the last century.
Visitors will hear from individuals carrying out top-secret work to defend against terror attacks and crime. They will learn about the challenges of preserving digital security. Guests can also become codebreakers in an interactive puzzle zone.
“This exhibition is critical, not just for GCHQ, but for engaging the U.K. public. We want to inspire the next generation,” GCHQ Director Jeremy Fleming says.
“Top Secret” will move to the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, United Kingdom, in 2020. It will then be available to tour nationally and internationally.