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16 Nov 2018
Dollywood, Universal and Fantawild among 2018 TEA Thea Awards winners

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) has revealed the winners of this year's Thea Awards.

Dollywood theme park took home the Thea Classic Award, while the prestigious Buzz Price Thea Lifetime Award was awarded to Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative and vice chair of Universal Parks & Resorts.

In total, there were 18 winners across a number of categories, celebrating excellence in the themed attractions industry.

The full list of the THEA outstanding award winners (by category):

Attraction, Limited Budget: Park Legendia, Chorzow, Poland

Museum Experience, Limited Budget: George Washington’s Mount Vernon, US

Connected Immersion – Digital Art: MORI Building Digital Art Museum – teamLab Borderless, Tokyo, Japan

Museum, Limited Budget: The Evel Knievel Museum, Topeka, US

Live Show Spectacular, Limited Budget: Fantastic Journey, Majestic Princess, Princess Cruises, US

Theme Park: Fantawild Oriental Heritage, Xiamen, China

Connected Immersion – Digital Overlay Experience, Limited Budget: Banff National Park, Alberta and Rouge Urban National Park, Toronto, Canada

Attraction: Justice League: Battle for Metropolis, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, California, US

Brand Centre: LEGO House, Billund, Denmark

Repurposed Attraction: Nemo & Friends SeaRider, Tokyo DisneySea, Japan

Attraction: SlideWheel, Chimelong Water Park, Guangzhou, China

Live Show Spectacular: Legend of Camel Bells, Huaxia Cultural Tourism Resort, Xi’an, China

Live Show Spectacular: Universal Spectacle Night Parade – The Best of Hollywood, Universal Studios Japan, Osaka

Water Theme Park: Universal’s Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida

Outstanding Technical Innovation: Intel Shooting Star Drone System

Peter Chernack distinguished service award: Michel Linet-Frion, Creative & Innovation Director, Pierre & Vacances Développement


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16 Jun 2019
The future of medical spas explored in first-ever Swiss Medical Spa & Hospitality Think Tank
The EHL Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (SSTH) hosted the first Swiss Medical Spa & Hospitality Think Tank on 6 June 2019 in Chur-Passugg, Switzerland.
14 Jun 2019
Networking, knowledge-sharing: 12th annual Forum HOTel&SPA deemed a success
The 12th annual Forum HOTel&SPA was held on 23 May at the Four Seasons George V Hotel in Paris, with a theme of ‘Multidiversity in Wellness’.
13 Jun 2019
ISPA to host pre-conference ‘Spa Workforce Super Session’
For the first time, the International SPA Association (ISPA) will host a pre-Conference Spa Workforce Super Session focusing on workforce development within the spa industry at the 2019 ISPA Conference & Expo. This two and a half-hour workshop will take a deep dive into one of the spa industry’s top priorities of recruiting, retaining and engaging quality talent.
11 Jun 2019
Women's World Cup: FIFA signs gender equality MoU with UN
World governing body FIFA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations (UN) which aims to make football more accessible to women and girls.
06 Jun 2019
APSWC releases White Paper
The Asian Pacific Spa and Wellness Coalition has released a White Paper after its Round Table held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in March 2019.
06 Jun 2019
Huw Edwards: 'We need a cultural shift across government'
Huw Edwards, acting CEO of ukactive, has called for a "cultural shift" across government, in order for it to recognise the crucial role that the physical activity sector can play in improving the nation's health.
06 Jun 2019
Sport England and ukactive launch Communities of Learning platform to 'share what works'
A new leadership learning initiative aims to transform knowledge sharing in the physical activity sector.
22 May 2019
Monaco positions itself as wellness destination with first health & wellness festival
The principality of Monaco will host its first-ever health and wellness festival, ‘In Your Element’, from 5-7 July, in partnership with the Columbus Monte Carlo hotel and Monaco’s World Class Gym.
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18 Jun 2019
Next steps for the UK tourism industry post Brexit: skills, growth and delivering a sector deal
Central London
United Kingdom
19-22 Jun 2019
SPATEC Europe
Grand Hotel Dino
Baveno
Italy
25-27 Jun 2019
BALPPA Summer Conference 2019
The Balmer Lawn Hotel and Carey’s Manor Hotel
New Forest
United Kingdom
27-30 Jun 2019
SHINE
Anaheim Marriott
Anaheim
United States
28-29 Jun 2019
Les Mills Live
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim
United States
30 Jun - 10 Jul 2019
UNESCO World Heritage Committee
tbc
Baku
Azerbaijan
04 Jul 2019
National Hotel Marketing Conference
Hilton at St George's Park
Burton-on-Trent
United Kingdom
06-07 Jul 2019
In Your Element Festival
Monte-Carlo
Monaco
08 Jul 2019
Salon Life Beauty Convention
ILEC Conference Centre
London
United Kingdom
15-17 Jul 2019
IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers
tbc
Manila
Philippines
18-20 Jul 2019
Indonesia International Amusement & Leisure Expo (IIALE 2019)
Jakarta International Expo
Jakarta
Indonesia
23-25 Jul 2019
National Sports Convention (NSC)
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Melbourne
Australia
04-06 Aug 2019
American Spa CBD Summit
Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center
Denver
United States
06-08 Aug 2019
IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers
tbc
Sao Paulo
Brazil
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