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The future is bright for water!

06 Nov 2012
by Aleatha Ezra, Director of park member development, World Waterpark Association
The future growth of the water leisure industry lies within strong partnerships between the two sides of the industry

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.

With so many water leisure innovators in attendance from all over the world, one thing was abundantly clear - the future growth of the water leisure industry lies within strong partnerships between the two sides of the industry working together to bring exciting projects to the consumer.

In recognition of this movement toward great partnerships, the WWA's board of directors launched the Leading Edge Award. This award honours both park operators and suppliers, who through their combined efforts, have brought a project, product, service or program to fruition, thereby creating industry innovation and leadership. A featured inaugural honouree was the much-anticipated waterpark, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, Adu Dhabi, UAE. (See interview with general manger Mike Oswald in Attractions Management 2012 issue 4 p24.)

According to WWA's incoming board chair Jim Basala, the project was selected "for demonstrating leadership and innovation through its storyline, park and ride design, theming and attention to every detail." Many industry-watchers have remarked that in the future, projects of this magnitude will only be the result of collaboration between multiple creative resources.

Companies honoured for their work on the Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi project at the show included: Aldar Properties PJSC, Al Jaber LEGT Engineering & Contracting (ALEC), Atkins, ProSlide Technology Inc, Vekoma Rides Manufacturing BV, Water Technology Inc, WhiteWater West Industries Ltd and Wave Loch.

This award-winning example of outstanding collaboration within the water leisure industry is set to open by the end of 2012. Attendees of the WWA's Middle East Symposium, held in conjunction with the Dubai Entertainment Amusement & Leisure Show, 23-25 April 2013, will have the chance to tour the facility as part of the WWA programme.



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