Attractions Review 2019: March
Leisure Opportunities
Job search
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
star job
Ashlyns School
£20,903 - £23,080 plus fringe allowance
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
Carmarthenshire County Council
£19,312 - £20,092pa
Carmarthen Leisure Centre, Carmarthenshire
Impulse Leisure
up to £25,000pa + benefits + relocation package may be considered
Thurrock, Essex
énergie group
Competitive
Bow, London, UK
Everyone Active
Competitive
South Oxhey Leisure Centre, Watford

Attractions Review 2019: March

Job opportunities
Heritage Great Britain
£38,000 - £40,000
location: Land's End, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Chesterfield Borough Council
c£25,250 FTE
location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
more jobs

It's been another momentous year in the attractions industry, and Attractions Management has been there reporting the big news, good and bad, all the way. After yesterday's look at the events of February 2019, today we move on to March 2019, considering some of the biggest stories that made the headlines.

SeaWorld said goodbye to a long-serving executive, as former chief operating officer John Reilly decided to move on. In South Korea, a major theme park project was unveiled, while the Queenslanders of Australia were concerned to improve safety following a fatal waterpark accident in 2016.

Queensland cracks down on safety

The government of Queensland, Australia, announced a number of new regulations for any visitor attractions operating rollercoasters or rides, following a tragedy at Dreamworld in 2016 that took the lives of four people.

Under the regulations, which came into effect on 1 May 2019, all rides at theme parks, carnivals and county fairs in Queensland are subject to pull-apart inspections every decade, while ride operators have to undergo more stringent training to perform their duties.

Workplace health and safety inspectors can carry out checks that could potentially see rides and attractions closed for weeks at a time, while rides must also now have detailed logbooks that display records of annual inspections and any maintenance issues incurred throughout the year.

Korean theme park progresses

A US$4bn (€3.6bn, £3bn) new theme park development in Korea moved forward in March 2019, with Shinsegae Property Consortium saying it expects to break ground on the Hwaseong International Theme Park in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province, in 2021.

The attraction will boast a huge K-pop and natural history theme park as its centrepiece, and will also feature a hotel, shopping centre and golf course. It could open in 2026, with construction outlined to fully complete on the 3.15sq km (1.21sq mi) site in 2031.

Twice before, plans to build a theme park on the land stalled, firstly in 2007, when Lotte Group failed to agree with landowner K-Water on the price of the land, and then in 2016, K-Water and another consortium could not agree on terms to build a Korean version of Universal Studios after funding issues.

SeaWorld COO leaves after long tenure

SeaWorld's long-serving chief operating officer, John Reilly, left the company at the end of March 2019, following a 34-year career that started in August 1985.

Reilly was chief parks officer until February 2018, when he was named interim CEO following Joel Manby's departure. With the appointment of Gus Antorcha as SeaWorld CEO in February 2019, Reilly took the role of chief operating officer.

Under Reilly's brief leadership, attendance at SeaWorld surged following a dramatic restructuring both behind the scenes and in its parks. This included an extensive rebranding effort that included the elimination of theatrical orca shows and the promise that the operator’s current generation of orcas would be its last.

There was more tumult to come for SeaWorld though: Gus Antorcha himself left the company unexpectedly in September 2019, with Sergio Rivera being announced as his replacement in November.

Check back with Attractions Management tomorrow for a look back at the highlights from April

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
It has been another momentous year in the attractions industry, and Attractions Management has been there reporting the big news, good and bad, all the way. After yesterday's look at the events of February 2019, today we move on to March 2019, considering some of the biggest stories that made the headlines.
TAW,VAT
imagesX/THUMB344068_348478_56593.jpg

More News

1 - 15 of 43,480
22 Oct 2021
The pandemic has had an "unprecedented" impact on physical activity levels in England, with 1 million more adults becoming physically inactive in the 12 months ... More
22 Oct 2021
A puppet of a refugee girl has 'walked' across Europe on a 5,000km (3,100m) journey, with the help of eleven puppeteers and is now nearing ... More
21 Oct 2021
The first énergie Fitness club has opened in Spain as part of a push for global expansion. énergie Barcelona St Cugat will be operated by ... More
21 Oct 2021
Construction work on the Eden Project Qingdao visitor attraction in China has reached a major milestone. The main truss of the large, single biome of ... More
21 Oct 2021
Scotland's UNESCO World Heritage Sites are being brought together through the world’s first ever UNESCO digital trail. The trail connects the country’s 13 place-based UNESCO ... More
20 Oct 2021
A global innovation competition has been launched to find ways to encourage and support more older workers to return or remain in the workplace. The ... More
FreeMotion Fitness
FreeMotion Fitness
20 Oct 2021
Work has been completed on two new spectator stands at Lord's Cricket Ground in London, UK, adding 2,600 seats to the total capacity of "the ... More
19 Oct 2021
Xponential Fitness has acquired Body Fit Training in a deal worth US$44m. The deal takes the number of studios open – or contracted to open ... More
18 Oct 2021
Exercise has been highlighted as a crucial weapon in cancer patients’ battle against the disease. Research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Australia, has ... More
18 Oct 2021
The global health and fitness industry is returning to a busy programme of live trade shows and industry events, following an 18-month period in which ... More
15 Oct 2021
Matrix and Intelivideo have signed a strategic partnership, which will see Intelivideo's fitness content integrated into Matrix's premium commercial equipment. Intelivideo's on-demand and trainer-led programming ... More
15 Oct 2021
Nadine Dorries, the recently appointed secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport at the DCMS, has promised that the government will place sport ... More
Miha Bodytec GmbH
Miha Bodytec GmbH
13 Oct 2021
Mindbody has announced it's buying ClassPass, the consumer wellness subscription service that enables people to use a range of gyms, studios and wellness facilities for ... More
13 Oct 2021
Construction work has begun on a £13m redevelopment project which will look to transform the V&A Museum of Childhood into the UK’s "premier national museum" ... More
13 Oct 2021
Tanni Grey-Thompson has outlined her vision on how the physical activity sector can play "the fullest role in improving the health of the nation". Speaking ... More
Les Mills
Les Mills
1 - 15 of 43,480
Les Mills International
Les Mills International