19 Dec 2014 | Digital editions, magazines, websites, e-zines, handbooks and contract publishing for the leisure industry

Leisure Opportunities issue 648, 2014 is now out!


Read blogs by writer:

Kate Cracknell
Health Club Management

Liz Terry

Tim Nash
Head of Leisure Media Studio

Jak Phillips
Head of News,
Leisure Media

Katie Barnes
Managing Editor,
Spa Business

Our guest writers:

Eva McDiarmid
Chief Executive,

Aleatha Ezra
Director of park member development,
World Waterpark Association

Jennifer Fields
Communications Coordinator,
Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Maria Zolotonosa
Project Manager,

Kurt Janson
Policy Director,
Tourism Alliance

Peter Ducker
Chief executive,
Institute of Hospitality

Ian Taylor

Ufi Ibrahim
Chief Executive,
British Hospitality Association

John Goodbody
Sports Journalist

Sam Coulstock
Customer Relationship Director,

Lucy Schweingruber
Fundraising and Events Manager,

Louise Routh
Marketing and communications director,
Springboard UK

Philippe Rossiter
Chief Executive,
Institute of Hospitality

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by Aleatha Ezra
Director of park member development, World Waterpark Association

Waterparks make waves in Europe

by Aleatha Ezra

New waterpark projects and additions continue to come online at a steady pace throughout the European market. Take, for example, the investment of €10m (US$13.6m, £8.3m) that PortAventura made in its Costa Caribe Aquatic Park in 2013. [more...]

Themes and trends at waterparks

by Aleatha Ezra

The World Waterpark Association receives calls on a weekly basis from media contacts, most of whom are looking for information on industry trends and what makes waterparks so appealing. The answer to the latter is: people visit waterparks because they’re fun. The rides are cool and people love the feeling of rushing down a slide or bobbing up and down on a wave. [more...]

Sharing water safety messages

by Aleatha Ezra

Now the summer season is approaching, waterpark operators throughout Europe and the US are gearing up to welcome millions of guests to their parks. The beginning of the high season is the perfect time for water parks to share key water safety messages with their guests to make them aware of the role they play in staying safe in and around the water and in drowning prevention. [more...]

When the waters run dry

by Aleatha Ezra

Each year the World Waterpark Association hears from its members that a particular issue has started to become of greater concern to them, and to the future success of their business. [more...]

The future is bright for water!

by Aleatha Ezra

More than 1,600 waterpark owners, operators, designers and manufacturers came together for the World Waterpark Association's annual show held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. [more...]

How to plan a successful event

by Aleatha Ezra

In February, the World Waterpark Association convened its European Waterpark Symposium, hosted by The Time Capsule, in Coatbridge, Scotland. This two-day educational and networking event welcomed waterpark owners and operators from parks throughout Europe including the UK, Ireland, Germany and Italy. [more...]

Optimistic outlook for 2012 season

by Aleatha Ezra

One of the hot topics at the World Waterpark Association's annual symposium last October was the forecast for the 2012 season and whether or not the economic downturn has finally started to shift back toward a more optimistic outlook for leisure facilities, both in the US and in key regions throughout the world. [more...]

Educational outreach in Europe

by Aleatha Ezra

The WWA resumed its educational outreach for its European members with the recently held European Waterpark Gathering hosted by the WWA's European Committee, 27 - 28 September in London. [more...]

Managing attitudes to swimming

by Aleatha Ezra

Pool and waterpark operators within the US got a wake-up call with the release of a survey looking at parents' attitudes on showering before swimming. [more...]

One brand sees industry growth despite economic challenges

by Aleatha Ezra

If you want to gauge what 2010 meant for the amusement and waterpark industries in Europe and beyond, look no further than a recent report from Merlin Entertainments. [more...]

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