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!


training bloggers:

Liz Terry
Leisure Media

Kate Cracknell
Health Club Management

Eva McDiarmid
Chief Executive,

Ufi Ibrahim
Chief Executive,
British Hospitality Association

Philippe Rossiter
Chief Executive,
Institute of Hospitality

Aleatha Ezra
Director of park member development,
World Waterpark Association

Ian Taylor

Gareth Edwards
Director of Education,

Jennifer Fields
Communications Coordinator,
Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Peter Ducker
Chief executive,
Institute of Hospitality

Suki Kalirai
Interim CEO,

Sam Coulstock
Customer Relationship Director,

Stephen Studd

Tim Lewthwaite
Publications manager,
Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Lisa Starr
Senior Consultant,
Wynne Business

Anna Bjurstam
Raison d'Etre

Dieter Buchner
Founding Partner,
Urban Healing

Jean-Guy de Gabriac
Founder/ CEO,
Tip Touch Academie

Leah De Silva
Business development director,

Anni Hood
Kis Lifestyle Group

Kerry Mabbley
Customer Relationship Manager,

Rhona Mennie
Business relations manager,
Springboard UK

Louise Routh
Marketing and communications director,
Springboard UK

Dee Smith
Head of Programmes,


AZA training course equips future leaders of zoos and aquariums

by Jennifer Fields

It’s imperative that the next generation of executive directors of AZA-accredited zoological facilities are trained, educated, and prepared to lead their communities in environmental stewardship while advancing their facility with strong business and operational skills. [more...]

Harnessing social media power

by Liz Terry

Spa and wellness businesses that create communities of loyal fans and advocates around their brands have a huge competitive advantage and social media offers a wealth of powerful free tools which enable this. [more...]

Attractions Management magazine launches AM2 global news magazine and invites the industry to join in conversation

by Liz Terry

It's a big day today for the team at Leisure Media as we launch our new magazine – AM2 – the first jobs and news magazine for the global visitor attractions industry. [more...]

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...]

Saving species and engaging people

by Jennifer Fields

The primary goal of zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is to save species and engage people. As poaching has reached its highest level in decades and continues to increase, this goal is more important than ever before. [more...]

Physical inactivity kills

by Kate Cracknell

The primary focus of the fitness industry must be addressing physical inactivity. That was the very clear message coming out of November’s ukactive Summit – the gathering place for UK policymakers to discuss sport and fitness. The event saw a well-orchestrated strategic shift away from a focus on combating obesity towards a new focus on inactivity as a standalone issue, with all the key speakers highlighting the challenges in this area. [more...]

Time to fight for QOF inclusion

by Kate Cracknell

The campaign to present exercise as medicine has been delivered a blow with the removal of physical activity from the QOF (Quality and Outcomes Framework) – see Health Club Management 2014 issue 1 p10. [more...]

Rebranding exercise

by Kate Cracknell

Your members are more likely to stick with their exercise routines and remain in membership if they have tangible, immediate reasons for being physically active. [more...]

Beyond the 12 per cent barrier

by Kate Cracknell

The UK fitness sector has reached a plateau in its product lifecycle: after the rapid growth of the noughties, it’s been stuck at roughly the same level of market penetration – 12 per cent – for years, with only the arrival of the budget clubs nudging it up a meagre half point (State of the UK Fitness Industry Report). [more...]

Managing health clubs

by Liz Terry

There's never been a better time to be in the health and fitness industry. Every day new research emerges to prove that exercise can help practically every known health problem, from depression to cancer – as well as being the most effective anti-ageing treatment. [more...]

Embracing your 'tribes'

by Kate Cracknell

Health club operators have a huge opportunity to engage in a very fundamental way with their members, by being far more aware of their true needs and motivations and connecting with them on a deeper level. [more...]

How to stop the hospitality sector's drop out rate

by Peter Ducker

To plagiarise The Monkees, I'm a believer. I believe that the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry offers great career opportunities, rewards talent and recognises commitment. Yet it is still perceived by many as a job rather than a career. [more...]

Traineeships – a unique opportunity

by Ian Taylor

It brings me great pleasure to announce that SkillsActive is supporting Traineeships and the potential these can offer and bring to our sector. Starting in September 2013 and formed as an outcome of the 'Richard Review', Traineeships are designed for young people aged 16-19 who are highly focused on the prospect of work, who are unemployed, have little experience and are qualified below level 3 (A-Levels). [more...]

Training citizen scientists

by Jennifer Fields

Visitors to zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) come away from the experience wanting to do more to help the wildlife they just saw up close. [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...]

Generating growth and ensuring quality

by Ufi Ibrahim

We are living through one of the most critical and exciting times that our industry has ever seen. Despite difficult economic challenges, hospitality and tourism are bucking the national trend. [more...]

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