24 Mar 2018 | Digital editions, magazines, websites, e-zines, handbooks and contract publishing for the leisure industry

Leisure Opportunities issue 732, 2018 is now out!


tourism bloggers:

Liz Terry
Leisure Media

Kate Cracknell
Health Club Management

Eva McDiarmid
Chief Executive,

Kurt Janson
Policy Director,
Tourism Alliance

Ufi Ibrahim
Chief Executive,
British Hospitality Association

Philippe Rossiter
Chief Executive,
Institute of Hospitality

Aleatha Ezra
Director of park member development,
World Waterpark Association

Gareth Edwards
Director of Education,

Jennifer Fields
Communications Coordinator,
Association of Zoos and Aquariums

John Goodbody
Sports Journalist

Peter Ducker
Chief executive,
Institute of Hospitality

Sam Coulstock
Customer Relationship Director,

Edwina Hart
Minister for Business,
Welsh Assembly Government

Tim Lewthwaite
Publications manager,
Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Maria Zolotonosa
Project Manager,

Linda Cendes
Program Assistant, Comms,

Michel Buchel
President of Ecsite and CEO of NEMO, Amsetrdan,

Antonio Gomes Da Costa
Co-ordinator of PLACES,

Jean-Baptiste Desbois
Director General,
Cité de l'espace

Hans Gubbels
Continium Discovery Center, NL

Adrian Mahon

Valentina Montalto
EU consultant,
KEA European Affairs

Malcolm Roughead
Chief Executive,


High-tech Place-Shifting is a new dimension for attractions to explore

by Liz Terry

New technology is giving us the power to Place-Shift experiences to create on-demand, immersive attractions in any location. Combining live streaming, haptics, AR and virtual reality with authentic artefacts and storytelling, this thinking will open up huge new markets for growth. [more...]

New trends drive up attendance in waterpark industry

by Aleatha Ezra

The TEA/AECOM Theme and Museum Index was recently released, charting attendance figures in the global attractions industry in 2015. [more...]

Education is the only antidote to disease of fear and hatred

by Michel Buchel

People feel uncertain and scared amid current events in Europe and beyond, including the Brexit, the coup in Turkey, racial tensions in the US and terrorist attacks around the globe. These events impact on our daily lives as global trends increasingly influence local situations. [more...]

Aquariums and zoos fight to save critically endangered vaquita

by Jennifer Fields

With approximately 60 individuals left in the upper Gulf of California, the vaquita is one of 10 signature species included in AZA’s Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) programme. The AZA community is focusing expertise and resources on projects to ensure this critically endangered small porpoise species is not lost forever. [more...]

Are you connected?

by Eva McDiarmid

Scottish Government has a ‘Scottish Business Pledge’ that it wants us all to sign up to. Within it there are a number of elements, some are simply good, common sense and some are just aspirational. But on the face of it, as over- arching points there is little to argue with, it’s just that the aspirational elements will remain just that unless government leads at a macro level. [more...]


by Eva McDiarmid

Towards the end of last month, Easyjet started actively engaging with Greek tourism leaders to try to encourage hotels, restaurants and other parts of the industry to stay open during October and November and reopen in March not May, as is currently the case. For all of us here trying to grow the season, it may come as a surprise that many Greek businesses close at the end of September and remain closed until May – a short five month season. [more...]

BE THERE! ASVA conference 2015

by Eva McDiarmid

The interest in this year's conference has been amazing, it looks like we've taken a record number of bookings so early. We are not at capacity – yet – but it looks like we are heading that way, which is just great! [more...]

Value of domestic breaks

by Eva McDiarmid

Research undertaken recently by ATS Euromaster, and published at the end of last month, found that 75 per cent of Brits plan to take a holiday in the UK this year. The sample size was 2000 and also found that of those who had already been away, 72 per cent had stayed in the UK. [more...]

Snakes & Ladders

by Liz Terry

There’s a bouncy feel to the latest TEA/AECOM Theme and Museum Index (Attractions Management 2015 issue 3 page 42) which reports healthy growth in attendances across attractions sectors from museums to theme and water parks. AECOM, which did the research, says the top 25 amusement/theme parks grew attendances by 4.1 per cent in 2014, the top 20 waterparks by 2.8 per cent and the top 20 museums by 1.6 per cent. Increases were recorded on all continents. [more...]

National Living Wage

by Eva McDiarmid

The much-heralded first all-Conservative budget in 18 years was made public last week by Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. It features some very controversial elements if media stories are anything to go by. But the one thing that is likely to impact on tourism businesses is the introduction of what is being referred to as a ‘National Living Wage’ (NLW), which will effectively become a minimum wage. [more...]

Competitiveness – staying ahead of the game

by Eva McDiarmid

The World Economic Forum published its 6th Travel & Tourism Competitiveness report some weeks back. This biennial report was first published in 2005 and lets us track progress over time in the countries being measured and compared, allowing cross country comparisons. It looks at 141 countries worldwide across 90 indicators. This year's report is titled 'Growth through Shocks' and addresses the effects of geopolitical tensions in different parts of the world as well as the ever present threats of pandemics. [more...]

The times they are a'changing'?

by Eva McDiarmid

On the back of what was a largely unpredicted election result last week the times they are about to change (with apologies to Bob Dylan) – BIG TIME! In other parts of the UK the pollsters got it wrong although perhaps in Scotland something close to the final result had been predicted. But just what will this mean for Scotland and our relationship with the rest of the UK in all its glory? [more...]


by Liz Terry

It’s been a challenging time for the heritage sector. Widespread destruction of temples and other ancient monuments has been reported in Kathmandu following the Nepal earthquake, along with huge loss of life. [more...]


by Liz Terry

Rarely has one moment in time so defined an age and a place as Ground Zero, New York City on September 11 2001. It’s almost impossible to imagine how daunting the task appeared when the first meeting was called to discuss the development of a lasting memorial on the site. [more...]

Is the tide turning on the UK tourism boom?

by Kurt Janson

Over the last four years the tourism industry has been at the forefront of the UK’s economic recovery. It has generated a third of all additional jobs in the country, provided a boost to export earnings and helped maintain regional economies. [more...]

Access for all

by Liz Terry

In Attractions Management 2014 issue 4 we ask our panel of experts how attractions can better cater for people with disabilities – how they can engage with them and enable them to enjoy the enhanced quality of life that comes from great days out with friends and family (see page 28). [more...]

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